Catherine Queen

Sustainable Futures

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

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