Academic Profile

After completing a PhD in Theory of Science and Research in her native Sweden, Catharina did research on different topics, in different countries, until becoming interested in environmental knowledge and expertise. To pursue Science and Technology Studies (STS) research on environmental science, expertise and knowledge she came to the UK. Her first job in this country was a post doc in the 'Environmental knowledge controversies: The case of flood risk management' project based in the School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford. After the completion of this project in 2010 she moved to the University of East Anglia to work, at first, in a project on climate change science, policy, risk and uncertainty and later in a European project on the geological disposal of nuclear waste. In April 2014 she returned to the School for a post in the MaRIUS project on drought and water scarcity. Her primary interests are STS investigation of environmental modelling, up-stream public engagement and the role of environmental expertise in decision making.

Current Research

Catharina is working with Professor Sarah Whatmore in the MaRIUS (Managing the Risks, Impacts and Uncertainties of droughts and water Scarcity) project. Aiming to introduce and explore a risk-based approach to the management of droughts and water scarcity this interdisciplinary project will be framed in a social science analysis of how impacts of droughts and water scarcity are currently understood and managed by key actors, it also embeds stakeholder engagement from the beginning. The Human Geography work in MaRIUS draws on scholarship at the intersection of STS and political theory to analyse a varied empirical material. On the national scale we trace science-based knowledge and expertise and map drought and water scarcity controversies in the UK. We also aim to understand local experiences of drought and water scarcity through field studies in two localities in the Thames Basin. In order to bring scientific and vernacular knowledge about drought and water scarcity together we will refine the Competency Group methodology for critical co-production of environmental knowledge.


Selected Publications

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