Animal Infrastructure: The animals enrolled as Nature-based Solutions
Annie is a DPhil candidate at the School of Geography, spearheading social science research on the emerging trend of Nature-based Solutions. She considers herself a more-than-human geographer, investigating the interconnections and politics between human, animal, and infrastructure within Nature-based Solutions projects and policies. Deeply committed to multispecies collaborations and environmental wellbeing, she hopes her research may help develop the Nature-based Solutions sphere to be as effective and equitable as possible.
Also passionate about teaching, Annie is a TA for the MSc in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance, supporting and administering the teaching of the course. She also developed and runs an optional reading group for the MSc in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance, titled 'Climate Change in a More-than-Hu(man) World'. Further, she is an external tutor at Keble College, teaching undergraduates on Human Geography and Geographical Thought.
Annie holds a MPhil in Nature Society and Environmental Governance from Oxford and a B.A. in Communication Studies and Science and Technology Studies from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
Awards & Funding
- 2021-23: Rotary International Global Grant Scholarship
- 2020-23: Keble College Sloane-Robinson Graduate Scholarship
- 2019-20: Rotary International Global Grant Scholarship
- 2019-20: Keble Association Study Award Grants
- 2017: Academic Excellence Award, Cal Poly College of Liberal Arts
- 2017: Outstanding Academic Achievement Award, Communication Studies Department
- 2017: Outstanding Service Award, Communication Studies Department
Public & Policy Engagement Papers
- Montana, J., Gopalakrishna, T., Welden, E.A., Rosaria, Canney, S., Chausson, A., Farhadinia, M., Girardin, C., Martinez Del Rio, M., Passoni, G., Prouchet, L., and Zepeda, C. (2021) Academic policy engagement for biodiversity needs to take transdisciplinarity seriously. True Planet, University of Oxford.
- Chausson, A., Welden, E.A., and Melanidis, M. (2021) Leveraging Nature-based Solutions for transformation: Reconnecting people and nature (commentary). Mongabay.
- Montana, J., Gopalakrishna, T., Rosaria, Welden, E.A. (2021) As nature climbs up the political agenda, how can researchers better engage with policy on biodiversity? School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford.
Conference Papers and Posters
- Welden, E.A. (2021) Accessing Animal Infrastructures. Paper presented in the 'Multispecies methods for more-than-human worlds' panel at the Royal Geographical Society-IGB Annual International Conference, London, U.K.
- Welden, E.A. (2021, June). Beaver Biopolitics: Rhetorics of death, not-death, and life in beaver infrastructures. Paper presented at the International Environmental Communication Association's Conference on Communication and the Environment, Virtual.
- Welden, Emma A. (2020, September). Animal Infrastructures as Post-Carbon Infrastructure in the Anthropocene. Paper presented at the Royal Anthropological Institute's Conference on Anthropology and Geography: Dialogues Past, Present, and Future, British Museum, London, U.K.
- Welden, Emma A. (2020, July). Working with Beavers: Possibilities for multispecies collaborations in NbS Infrastructures. Poster presented at the Nature-based Solutions Initiative's Digital Dialogues Conference, University of Oxford, U.K.
- Welden, Emma A. (2020, April). Legal Challenges and Possibilities for Future Nature-based Solutions: The case of REDD+. Presented at the Oxford Biodiversity Network, University of Oxford, U.K.
- Welden, Emma A. (2019, November). Animal Infrastructures: Conceptualising Opportunities for Human-Animal Collaborative Conservation. Paper presented at Keble College Graduate Discussion Evening, University of Oxford, U.K.
- Welden, Emma A. (2019, June). Women, Climate, and Sea-Level Rise: An ecofeminist approach to move above the surface of soft law stagnation. Paper presented at the International Environmental Communication Association's Conference on Communication and Environment, University of British Columbia, Canada.
- Welden, Emma A. (2017, July). 'Women Need Not Apply:' Sylvia Earle, Ecofeminism, and the (Dis)empowering Rhetoric of Mission Blue. Paper presented at the International Environmental Communication Association's Conference on Communication and Environment, University of Leicester, U.K.