Negotiating Environmental Knowledges

Workshop at the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society, Oxford University

Convened by Sophie Haines to conclude the project: "Envisioning Emergent Environments: Negotiating Science and Resource Management in Rural Communities"

Funded by the ESRC Future Research Leaders scheme


This workshop will explore the production and negotiation of knowledge about human-environment relationships. Studies in anthropology, STS and geography have demonstrated that environmental knowledge claims are multiple and political. Bringing together scholars from these disciplines and related fields/professions, the event will facilitate discussions about the practical and conceptual dimensions of negotiating these knowledges in the context of interventions designed to assess and manage environmental resources or hazards. How are authority and expertise enacted and contested? What are the roles of uncertainty, ignorance, and imagination? How can we understand impact and accountability? Lenses for approaching these questions include political ecology; knowledge production and translation; and perception/ enactment of socio-ecological change. This workshop seeks to bring different approaches into conversation and generate debate about their potential contributions within and across disciplines and domains.

Themes for discussion during the workshop include:

  • How are diverse knowledges negotiated in environmental assessments and interventions?
  • What are the implications for people (making a) living within the environments in question?
  • Are these implications shifting with new technologies and scientific practices?
  • What are the material and imaginative implications of tensions/translations of environmental knowledge?
  • Citizen science approaches to data collection, project design and/or agenda setting
  • The contribution of social science to understanding the key challenges of water/land practices and interventions 



  • Andrea Ballestero (Rice University)
  • Patrick Bresnihan (Trinity College Dublin)
  • Sara de Wit (University of Oxford)
  • Rachael Carrie (Leeds University)
  • Kevin Collins (Open University)
  • Camelia Dewan (Stockholm University)
  • Emma Garnett (King’s College London)
  • Nayanika Mathur (University of Oxford)
  • Astrid Stensrud (University of Oslo)
  • Veronica Strang (Durham University)
  • Renzo Taddei (Federal University Sao Paulo)

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