My research is interdisciplinary in nature and draws on geography, psychology and social science to explore how people relate with their environment. I have a longstanding interest in using creative and innovative methods to engage diverse publics, including mental models interviews, deliberative workshops, role play, semi-structured interviews, mobile and photographic methods. I am particularly interested in the potential of such methods to help articulate more intangible relationships with nature.
I completed my PhD in 2013 using a mixed-methods, mental-models approach to explore public and expert perceptions of sea-level change on the Severn Estuary. Since then, I have held two post-doctoral positions at Cardiff University, working with Professor Nick Pidgeon. For NERC-funded CoastWEB, I used in-depth mobile interviews to better understand the connections between coastal habitats and human health and wellbeing. Prior to this I collaborated with colleagues at UCSB Santa Barbara on a NSF-funded project to explore public perceptions of shale gas development in the UK and USA.
I am currently working with the FIRE Lab team in Biosciences to explore young peoples’ relationships with freshwater environments. We are using sci-art approaches including poetry and drawing, centred around a dedicated FIRE Lab Kids website.