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Dr Stephan Price

'Postdoctoral Research Associate'

I am working with Clare Saunders on the international POLPART project, a comparative project aimed at understanding more about why people choose institutional and/or non-institutional ways to participating in politics.  Currently, Clare and I are looking specifically at people's understandings of 'Left' and 'Right' and how this relates to what people say and do politically.

Recently, I have worked with Clare, Steve Hinchliffe, Robbie McDonald, and Caroline Keenan on 'Doing TB Differently: Generating a workable TB policy during an acute episode within a chronic countryside conflict', an ESRC-funded project about the culling of badgers in West Somerset and West Gloucestershire. The goal of this project was to understand the range of views held by local people involved in the debate and to find out how or whether these change in response to emerging policy evidence and in the context of different forums of discussion. We are currently working on a number of publications from this research, but see my book (details below) for an readable introduction to the topic and the research.

Thinking Through Badgers: researching the controversy over bovine tuberculosis and the culling of badgers, (Vernon Press, 2017) is available at Barnes and Noble, AbeBooks, Amazon and elsewhere.                                                        

Research interests

I am interested in the way different relationships between people and organisations encourage or inhibit action on environmental concerns.

Most recently I have considered conflictual relationships among those involved in contention over the culling of badgers through the lenses of 'diplomacy' (following Bruno Latour and Isabelle Stengers), and 'attention' (following Iris Murdoch). See my book.

My PhD thesis on how the environmental movement influenced climate change in Britain between 1986 and 2008 discussed environmental contention looked from the angle of outsider politics. Insider politics was the topic of the Comparing Climate Policy Networks project, and I have explored science networks with a group of biogeographers working on the ecology of Lake Baikal in Russia.


Before coming to Exeter, I worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham (2013). Prior to that I was a Senior Research Assistant and Teaching Fellow at the University of Southampton (2011-2013). I studied for my PhD at the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Research, University of Kent.