Academic Profile

James joined the School of Geography and the Environment in January 2015. He has a BA (Hons), an MPhil, and a PhD, all from the University of Cambridge. James' doctoral research examined the roles of science, evidence and discourse in EU biofuels policy making, focusing in particular on debates about biofuels' land-use change impacts.

Prior to becoming the Course Director of the MSc in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance, James taught undergraduate geographers at Oxford for two and a half years, as a tutorial fellow at Keble College and a stipendiary lecturer at Brasenose College. He was also a research fellow in the Transport Studies Unit and an associate fellow of the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society.

Current Research

James is an environmental geographer with research interests in the governance of complex problems situated at the nexus of climate change, sustainable energy and the environment, especially at the European Union level. Drawing on the disciplinary and sub-disciplinary fields of critical political ecology, science and technology studies, and interpretive policy analysis, James uses qualitative research methods to analyse how environmental knowledges are variously constructed, circulated and interpreted, and also how they are co-produced with wider governance objectives and normative value judgements in specific political contexts. James is involved in numerous on-going research projects, which explore the politics of EU sustainable road transport policy, the implications of climate geoengineering for public engagement in environmental governance, and the construction of expertise in interactions between chief scientific advisers and policy makers in UK government.


James convenes and teaches on modules in 'Governance, Politics and Policy' and 'Research Methods and Practice' for the MSc in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance.

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