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Dr Karen Scott

Senior Lecturer

01326 259484

Peter Lanyon Building 1.19

I am a social scientist very interested in the politics of knowledge, evidence and public policy. My main focus at the moment is on the current international political and policy interest in measuring wellbeing and how this relates to sustainable development issues. In these government wellbeing measurement agendas, I ask questions such as: who decides what wellbeing is and how to measure it? What sorts of evidence are used? Whose knowledge and what perspectives are we not hearing? What is the impact?

I’m also interested in the politics of pollination and how bee health stakeholders such as beekeepers, bee farmers and public interest groups interact with each other and with researchers and government to produce knowledge and evidence around bee health to inform policy.

I’m also researching how to improve evidence for policy evaluation in environmental policy areas, working with government departments and agencies (Defra, DECC, FSA and EA)

I am also a member of the Environment and Sustainability Institute.

Research interests

  • The Politics of Knowledge, Evidence and Policy/ Policy Evaluation
  • The Politics of Wellbeing /The Good Life
  • The links between Sustainable Development and Wellbeing
  • Wellbeing in Rural Areas
  • The Politics of Pollination /social science of pollination 

Current projects

  • ESRC Centre for Evaluating Complexity Across the Nexus (CECAN). Working with government departments and agencies with responsibility for NEXUS related policy (Defra, DECC, FSA and EA) to improve policy evaluation. (2015-2019) 
  • Defra Policy Evaluation Fellowship. Working with Defra Strategic Evidence and Analysis Team in Noble House, London to help policy professionals to improve their use of evaluation in policy processes. (2015-2016). 
  • The Impact on Young People of Public Sector Changes in Rural Areas. (2016-2017). With Mark Shucksmith (PI) and Niki Black at The Institute for Social Renewal, Newcastle University. 
  • ESRC seminar series The Politics of Wellbeing, with Professor Ian Bache, Sheffield University and New Economics Foundation. (2013-2015). Currently producing outputs from this series


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