The ontological and epistemic politics of 'Nature-based' climate engineering

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Theo is a human geographer researching the socio-politics of carbon sequestration schemes in the UK. His research is co-funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and Hertford College's Mortimer-May Scholarship.

Theo's research concerns how the global discourse of 'Nature-based Solutions' to climate change is materially enacted in the UK. Drawing heavily on Science and Technology Studies, he considers how 'Nature' is used as a homogenising term by certain political, scientific and economic actors. Empirically, Theo uses a mixture of ethnographic and interview techniques to research how afforestation affects local landscape composition - and communities of humans and nonhumans - in the Scottish Highlands.

In 2019, Theo completed the MSc in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance in the School of Geography. His dissertation focused on the post-colonial politics of forest clearance and conservation in Loita Forest, Southern Kenya. After graduating, he taught on the MSc and worked for the conservation NGO Global Canopy. He holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Bristol.

Awards:

  • Hertford College Mortimer-May Scholarship (2020-2023)
  • Economic and Social Research Council Studentship (2020-2023)
  • Nature, Society and Environmental Governance MSc Best Overall Performance Prize 2019
  • Nature, Society and Environmental Governance MSc Best Dissertation Prize 2019

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