Judith has a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Geography from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a D.Phil from the University of Oxford. She was a geography lecturer at the University of Oxford for three years before embarking on a full-time research career.
Judith has worked on experimental approaches to participation (The Loweswater Care Project -https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/fass/projects/loweswater/); science-publics-politics relations (The Making Science Public Programme - https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/sociology/research/projects/making-science-public/) in the context of plant biosecurity and ash dieback; precision farming; upland farming; industrial forestry; and trees. She has a strong interest in theory and enjoys grappling with complex concepts and ideas, exploring what they enable us to achieve in practice or what they foreclose.
Since 2018, Judith has been a member of the joint Defra-Natural England Expert Panel on Social Science Evidence for Improving Environmental Land Management Outcomes.
From 2008-2010, she was a member of the Environment Agency’s Science Task Group for the Bassenthwaite and Windermere Restoration Programme (Loweswater Care Project), and in 2011 was awarded a Lancaster University Staff Prize (Loweswater Care Project) for "making complicated research or topics accessible and exciting to the general public, young people and non-specialists".