Sustainable Futures

  • Annayah Prosser

    Sustainable Futures

    PhD Researcher in Sustainable Futures (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Bath, Department of Psychology

    Start date: September 2018

    Research topic: From Action to Identity and Back Again: An exploration of the adoption, maintenance, and transmission of pro-environmental behaviour among moralised practice group members and non-members

    Transport, diet and material consumption are widely identified as crucial sites for environmental behaviour change. However, these behaviours are woven into daily life, and their change requires a great deal of personal or social sacrifice. Despite this, many people adapt their daily behaviour drastically in light of moral sensitivity to environmental concerns- adopting new identities (e.g. Vegan or Voluntary Simplifier) and reorganizing their lifestyles in accordance with their moral values.

    My research examines intra and intergroup processes involved in the maintenance, transmission and adoption of pro-environmental identities, and their role in influencing or inhibiting social change in wider populations.

    Research supervisors: Dr Tim Kurz, Dr Saffron O’Neill , Dr Jan-Willem Bolderdijk

    Professional memberships/Positions held: Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Society for Improving Psychological Science

    Email: ap832@bath.ac.uk

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/annayah-prosser-b966639b/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/annayahprosser


  • Ben Newport

    Sustainable Futures

    PhD Researcher in Natural Resource Management (ESRC/NERC +4)
    University of Bristol, School of Geographical Sciences

    Start date: September 2018

    Research topic: Integrating ecological and socioeconomic analysis to optimise forest protection and restoration to meet international climate targets and SDGs.

    Reforestation plays a key role in many tropical countries’ pledges under the Paris Agreement, whilst simultaneously providing co-benefits such as biodiversity protection and income generation for local communities. However, there is often a disconnect between the social and biophysical sciences when planning and implementing such multifunctional forest interventions. By incorporating approaches from both disciplines, my research aims to develop a framework for designing reforestation interventions which provide the greatest overall benefits at a landscape-scale whilst being sustainable into the long-term. Specifically, I am focusing on the peatland forests of Malaysian Borneo and its resident Dayak communities.

    Research supervisors: Dr Naomi Millner , Dr T.C. Hales , Dr Jo House

    Email: bn16912@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRNewport


  • Bethany Sugg

    Sustainable Futures

    PhD Researcher in Sustainable Futures (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Bristol, School of Law

    Start date: October 2019

    Research topic: The potential of food-by-product-fabrics for sustainable fashion; the case of Pinatex “plant-based- leather”.

    The fashion industry has recently come under scrutiny for its environmental impacts. My research will explore textiles innovations which have been developed to improve the sustainability credentials of this sector. Specifically, my project will critically examine sustainable materials which are designed and made from food by-products, sold and worn as fashion items, and then returned to the soil via biodegradation. Food-based biofabrics align with circular economy principles by exploiting food waste as a ‘raw material’ within apparel pipelines.

    My research uses an interdisciplinary, qualitative approach combining sustainable business studies, fashion geography and materials science.

    Research supervisors: Professor Ian Cook, Professor Agnes Nairn

    Email: lo19663@bristol.ac.uk


  • Catherine Queen

    Sustainable Futures

    PhD Researcher in Environment, Energy and Resilience (ESRC +3)
    University of Exeter, College of Life and Environmental Sciences

    Start date: September 2013

    Research topic: The seldom-heard voice in public engagement with overhead power lines

    I am exploring the tensions between the normative expectations of infrastructure planning, as a collaborative process, and the hard-to-reach public’s expectations of justice and fairness. There is limited literature exploring participation in Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects, especially concerning publics who are involuntarily disengaged. I am using a Case Study approach, supported by qualitative methods of data collection, to identify the existing opportunities for public knowledge contributions and the barriers to participation for hard-to-reach groups or individuals. Focus groups, semi-structured interviews and walking interviews will help me to explore effective public engagement techniques focussing on the importance of place attachment.

    Research supervisors: Professor Patrick Devine-Wright, Dr Karen Bickerstaff (Exeter), Professor Alan Lewis (Bath)

    Professional memberships/Positions held:

    CMLI – Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute

    AIEMA – Associate Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment

     

    Email: caq201@exeter.ac.uk

    LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/catherine-queen-72261518


  • Celia Robbins

    Student Rep, Sustainable Futures

    PhD Researcher in Sustainable Futures (ESRC +3)
    University of Bristol, School of Geography

    Start date: September 2017

    Research topic: Community energy landscapes

    As we shift away from large fossil-fuel power stations, power generation is no longer the preserve of a few big companies. Community groups can own wind turbines or solar farms, generating profit to help local services while they tackle CO2 emissions. But community involvement does not guarantee local support, or a smooth path through the planning process. Most studies about contentious renewable energy projects have looked at private-sector schemes; my research will address what happens when there is disagreement within a community. I will look at different interpretations of what ‘community energy’ is and ask how people are affected by changes to places and landscapes arising from new ways of generating and managing power.

    Research supervisors: Professor Patrick Devine-Wright (Exeter), Professor Katie Williams (UWE), Dr Catherine Butler (Exeter)

    Professional memberships/Positions held:

    SWDTP Student Rep

    Email: cr481@exeter.ac.uk

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/celia-robbins-09433aa4/


  • Fay Kahane

    Sustainable Futures

    PhD Researcher in Sustainable Futures (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Exeter, College of Geography and Environmental Science

    Start date: October 2020

    Research topic: Saving which bees? Investigating the social & economic impacts of rewilding honeybees.

    I’m an ecologist moving into social science, and this interdisciplinary project will explore sustainability in beekeeping. There’s increasing interest in rewilding honeybees to facilitate survival of this economically and environmentally critical pollinator outside of managed hives. Working with beekeepers and other stakeholders, I’ll investigate ecological impacts of changing practices using field data, the BEEHAVE model and disease analysis. Using Q-methodology and Social Network Analysis, I’ll investigate how perspectives and practice change over the course of this collaborative research, with aims to enhance communication among the beekeeping community, scientists and policymakers, and facilitate evidence-led action for pollinators (managed and wild).

    Research supervisors: Dr Karen Scott, Professor Martin Parker, Professor Juliet Osborne, Professor Stefano Pascucci

    Professional memberships/Positions held:

    MCIEEM: Member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology & Environmental Management

    Email: fk300@exeter.ac.uk

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/faykahane/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/FayKahane


  • George Hoppit

    Sustainable Futures

    PhD Researcher in Natural Resource Management (ESRC/NERC +4)
    University of Bristol, School of Geographical Sciences

    Start date: September 2018

    Research topic: Beyond paper parks: Managing Marine Protecting areas for ecological and social benefits

    Research supervisors: Daniela Schmidt, Rachel Turnet, Margherita Pierracinni

    Email: george.hoppit@bristol.ac.uk


  • Hannah Hayes

    Sustainable Futures

    PhD Researcher in Sustainable Futures (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Exeter, College of Life and Environmental Sciences

    Start date: October 2020

    Research topic: Stronger together: the role of community resilience in managing flooding and coastal erosion risk

    My PhD research will focus on the role of resilience in managing the risk and impact of flooding and coastal change. I previously worked for the Environment Agency. My role was directly involved in the scoping, development and consultation of the Environment Agency’s new strategic approach to managing flooding and coastal change in England (published in 2020). The new approach focuses on managing the increasing risk by moving from protection to resilience.

    Research supervisors: Professor Neil Adger, Dr Saffron O'Neill, Professor Julie Barnett (University of Bath)

    Professional memberships/Positions held:

    Member of CIWEM (Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management).

    SWDTP Student Rep

    Email: hh547@exeter.ac.uk


  • Sam Collier

    Sustainable Futures

    PhD Researcher in Sustainable Futures (ESRC/NERC +3)
    University of Bristol, School of Geographical Studies

    Start date: September 2017

    Research topic: The geography of local energy and its role in the energy transition

    My research seeks to determine the role of local energy actors in the spatial diffusion of solar photovoltaics, and their contribution to overcoming the energy trilemma of energy security, energy affordability (and equity) and environmental sustainability. Spatial analysis will identify factors associated with the uptake of small-scale solar at various geographical scales, reflecting energy governance as multi-scalar. This spatial work will inform a subsequent case study approach, which will assess local energy’s current role in the energy system and how this might evolve in the future.

    Research supervisors: Dr Jo House (Bristol), Dr Peter Connor (Exeter), Professor Rich Harris (Bristol)

    Professional memberships/Positions held:

    British Institute of Energy Economics – Student Member

    Bristol Futures – Mentor

    Email: sam.collier@bristol.ac.uk


  • Sam Taylor

    Sustainable Futures

    PhD Researcher in Sustainable Futures (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Bath, Department of Psychology

    Start date: October 2020

    Research topic: Promoting Social-Environmental Participation and Well-being Through Shared Values

    People tend to share compassionate values, but they tend not to accurately perceive the level of similarity. My research aims to develop interventions based on demonstrating the extent compassionate values are shared by others in one’s community. The effects of these on a number of outcomes related to social and environmental sustainability will be examined, such as well-being, civic participation and intellectual humility in public debate and discussion.

    Research supervisors: Professor Gregory Maio (University of Bath), Professor Richard Harris (University of Bristol

    Email: sjt80@bath.ac.uk

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/samuel-taylor-a0763018b/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/SamTaylor475


  • Sophia Buchanan Barlow

    Sustainable Futures

    Sustainable Futures 1+3
    University of Exeter, College of Life and Environmental Sciences

    Start date: September 2021

    Research topic: Investigating human and environment interdependency through relational wellbeing in blue-green spaces

    Social scientists have become increasingly interested in human-environment interactions. Alongside this, policy instruments are grappling with how sustainability and human wellbeing can be simultaneously enhanced. My research aims to further the concept of relational wellbeing to connect ideas around stewardship, care and empathy. Using qualitative research methods – such as walking interviews and photo-elicitation workshops – I will analyse how resource-users and the public, more generally, experience blue-green spaces and the impact this has on their relational wellbeing. This research aims to contribute new knowledge on human-environment interdependency and how sustainability and wellbeing can be fostered for those interacting with blue-green spaces.

    Research supervisors: Dr Louisa Evans, Dr Hannah Parrott, Dr Catherine Butler

    Email: sjb281@exeter.ac.uk

    LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/sophia-buchanan-barlow-5616a3184

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/sophiabbarlow


  • Sylvia Hayes

    Sustainable Futures

    PhD Researcher in Sustainable Futures (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Exeter, College of Life and Environmental Sciences

    Start date: September 2019

    Research topic: Constructing Climate Change in an Online World

    I am interested in the way climate change is communicated and discussed in an increasingly online media landscape. My research attempts to investigate the impact of institutional norms and pressures on media representations of climate change by assessing how the modern newsroom impacts upon the framing of climate change in media content produced. I am particularly interested in the way that new digital technologies and platforms are having an effect on climate change in the media.

    Research supervisors: Dr Saffron O’Neill, Dr Tim Kurz

    Email: sh737@exeter.ac.uk

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/sylviahayes98