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Dr Vanessa Bowden is an environmental sociologist interested in social movements, Australian politics and the sociology of knowledge.

Her research investigates the interface between our understandings of the environment with science, policy and social justice. While we might often think of environmental issues as directed by scientific understandings, issues such as climate change reveal the complexities around our trust in science, politics and concern for the economy. Understanding the ways in which these issues intersect is a key focus of Dr Bowden’s research.

Dr Bowden is currently looking at the impact of low carbon transitions on Australian industry.


  • –present
    Associate Lecture in Social Enquiry, University of Newcastle


  • 2016 
    University of Newcastle, PhD sociology