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Dr Karen Scott


Telephone: 01326 259484

Senior Lecturer

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.