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Eleanor Hadley Kershaw

Postgraduate Research Student (Leverhulme Programme: Making Science Public), Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

Eleanor graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2006 with a BA in English. She subsequently worked in a range of roles, both as a freelance journalist and as a communications and project coordinator with European and international NGOs, focusing primarily on theatre and live art between 2007 and 2010, and on global environmental change and sustainability since early 2010. Most recently she managed global environmental change projects for the International Social Science Council (ISSC), including the design of a 10-year global research funding and coordination programme for social science research on global change and sustainability, and the early development of the World Social Science Report 2013.

Eleanor's PhD is part of the Leverhulme Trust-funded Making Science Public programme, and focuses on the challenges and opportunities of transforming global environmental change research systems and cultures, using Future Earth (a major new international research initiative on global environmental change and sustainability) as a case study.

She is a co-founding Committee member of the Sustainability Research Network (SRN), a dynamic network of postgraduate and early career researchers at the University of Nottingham working on - or interested in - sustainability, and a member of the ENQUIRE (School of Sociology and Social Policy Postgraduate Journal & Conference) Steering Group.

Teaching Summary

Academic year 2013-2014:

  • Seminar Tutor, L31626 Science, Health and Environment (Undergraduate)
  • Facilitator, 'Sustainability, Society and You' Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

Academic year 2014-2015

  • Seminar Tutor, M14150 Philosophy of Research/Social Science (Postgraduate)

Research Summary

Building on work in Science and Technology Studies on the internationalisation of global environmental change research and the complex interrelations between science, knowledge and society, this… read more

Current Research

The New Co-Production of Knowledge? Challenges and Opportunities of Transforming Global Environmental Change Research Systems and Cultures

Building on work in Science and Technology Studies on the internationalisation of global environmental change research and the complex interrelations between science, knowledge and society, this project will investigate the challenges and opportunities associated with transforming research systems and cultures in response to global environmental change (GEC), using Future Earth (a major new international research initiative on global environmental change and sustainability) as a case study. In particular it will examine notions and practices of transdisciplinarity and co-production, focusing on the roles envisioned for various disciplines and stakeholder groups (e.g. natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, non-academic actors), as well as the factors shaping their capacity to contribute to the framing, conduct and use of GEC research and associated sustainability solutions.

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