I am a human geographer and STS scholar interested in interactions between democracy and developments in science and technology. I am a lecturer in human geography in the Science, Society & Sustainability group in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia.
I am currently developing new projects about how digital technologies are transforming democratic participation, from the growing use of algorithms to deliver public services to the rise of new platforms and methods for participation in decision-making.
My ongoing work as part of the UK Energy Research Centre, is concerned with the multiple ways in which people are participating in low carbon energy transitions. Our UKERC phase 3 project produced insights into systemic public participation in UK energy transitions. We are building on these insights in a more applied project during UKERC phase 4 (2019-2024).
My PhD thesis, completed in 2014, charted and explored the effects of the institutionalisation of deliberative practices of participation around UK science policy.
I am a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers, and a member of the Science and Democracy Network.