Dr Emma Cardwell
- Lecturer in Human Geography (School of Geographical & Earth Sciences)
I'm an environmental geographer with an interest in the science-society-environment nexus. My research focuses on environmental, conservation and agricultural policy, and I'm particularly interested in the relationships of academic knowledge practices (such as natural sciences, philosophy, economics, literature and - of course - geography) with embodiments of law, finance and policy, and the productive ways in which these shape our shared environments and the communities within them.
Theoretically, I like to engage with the fields of science and technology studies (STS) and feminist science studies, and I'm especially interested in issues around land use, the right to 'natural resources', and the ways in which we organise the production of food.
I currently have two central strands of research. The first of these looks at the relationship between economic theory, financialisation, and the resilience of stressed coastal communities (of humans and wider marine ecosystems) around the UK since the introduction of 'market based' fisheries management in the late 1990s. This research ties into a wider global research network that uses empirical research to examine these modern experiments in market-creation, the means by which such new socio-ecological organisations are produced, and their material and affective impacts, for human communities and beyond.
I'm also particulary interested in the ways in which the nutrient needs of crops, and consequently, ourselves, currently depend so vitally upon the production of anthropogenically fixed nitrogen, and how our management of reactive nitrogen requires a very specific set of chemical knowledges, tools and practices, which manifest differently across the many sites in which we 'socialise' with this imperceptible and dynamic elemental species. This research explores how we collectively understand the chemical, the resilience of chemical communities, and the role of, and relations between, different knowledge forms in changing and contested environments.
Before joining the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences in July 2018, I worked as a Research Associate in the Centre for the Study of Environmental Change in Lancaster University's Sociology Department, looking at nutrient management on UK livestock farms. I've also worked in the School of Law at the University of Bristol, exploring the social-legal aspects of marine conservation. Before that, I studied for an ESRC-funded DPhil in Human Geography at the University of Oxford; an MSc in Nature, Society and Environmental Policy, also at Oxford, and a BSc in Environmental Policy at the London School of Economics.
Hypermetabolic N: the social life of nitrogen in UK agroecologies
(Co-I; with Claire Waterton and Carly Stevens, Lancaster University, and Julia Cooper, Newcastle University)
N8 Agrifood, April 2018 - December 2018
Resilience in genetic and cultural diversity: supporting sustainable indigenous agricultures in Chiapas, Mexico
(PI; with Ian Shaw and Rebecca Harrison, University of Glasgow)
Global Challenges Research Fund, October 2018 - March 2019
With Larissa Naylor, I co-convene Policy and Practice for Sustainable Water Environments, which is a core course on the Sustainable Water Environments MSc. I also contribute to the Human Geography MRes and Level 2 Geography courses.