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Research Fellow, Lancaster University

I'm a research fellow in the Lancaster Environment Centre, at Lancaster University. My research focuses on experiments in democracy, environment-society relations, and the interfaces between different knowledges. My interests are interdisciplinary and impact-oriented, building on my track record beyond academia. Before embarking on my PhD in 2014 I spent 15 years working in the voluntary sector for social justice and environmental NGOs. I have extensive experience of community participation and influencing public policy and decision-making, through both conventional and innovative governance structures. Recent research projects have focused on Neighbourhood Planning in England, local authority responses to the need for rapid climate action, and using organic wastes safely as secondary nutrient sources for a more sustainable agriculture system. My academic approach is informed by Science and Technology Studies and the idea of public sociology.

Experience

  • 2020–2021
    Research fellow, Lancaster University
  • 2019–2020
    Reseach Associate, Lancaster University
  • 2019–2020
    Lecturer, Lancaster University

Education

  • 2019 
    Lancaster University, PhD in Sociology
  • 2005 
    Lancaster University, MA Values and the Environment (Philosophy / Sociology)

Publications

  • 2021
    Implementing Rapid Climate Action: Learning from the ‘PracticalWisdom’ of Local Decision-Makers, Sustainability
  • 2021
    Contradictory cares in community-led planning, Nordic Journal of Science and Technology Studies
  • 2020
    Performing legitimacy in neighbourhood planning: conflicting identities and hybrid governance, Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space
  • 2014
    Mapping the landscape of climate engineering: lessons for governance from scientometric research, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences

Grants and Contracts

  • 2020
    Experiments in democracy: Knowing, caring and acting in neighbourhood planning and beyond
    Role:
    Research Fellow
    Funding Source:
    Economic and Social Research Council
  • 2014
    Knowing and caring: performing legitimacy in Neighbourhood Planning
    Role:
    PhD studentship
    Funding Source:
    Economic and Social Research Council

Professional Memberships

  • European Association for the Study of Science and Technology
  • British Sociological Association
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Association for Studies in Innovation Science and Technology (AsSIST-UK)