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 teaches an optional course for the MSc in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance, titled 'Climate Change in a More-than-Hu(man) World'. She is also 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

  • 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

Current Research

Current Teaching

Recent Publications

Conference Papers and Posters

  • 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.
  • Welden, Emma A. (2017, February). 'Thank You for Your Vote:' Constitutive Rhetoric, Frauke Petry, and Discourses of Global Nationalism. Paper presented at the California State University Research Competition, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA.