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Rose Cairns
Research Fellow (SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit)
T: +44 (0)1273 873603


I am interested in the theory and practice of inter-disciplinary sustainability research, in particular in examining the interface between science, technology and society in the governance of complex, so-called ‘wicked’ global sustainability challenges such as climate change and biodiversity conservation. Methodologically, I am interested in innovative participatory research methods (such as Q methodology), and methods that facilitate more deliberative approaches to environmental governance and the opening up of policy to plural perspectives. I have experience of a variety of qualitative and quantitative research methods, and of planning and conducting both social and ecological fieldwork in Europe and South America.