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Dr Claire Waterton

Dr Claire Waterton

Senior Lecturer, Director

Bowland North
Lancaster University
Bailrigg
Lancaster
United Kingdom
LA1 4YN


Tel: +44 1524 593322
Location: B147

Affiliations

Sociology
Centre for the Study of Environmental Change
Cesagen - ESRC Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics

PhD Supervision Interests

I welcome applications from prospective students in all areas of my research, including:
Environment-society relations, especially using the theoretical resources of Science and Technology Studies (STS);
The making of environmental knowledge;
The politics of environmental knowledge;
Environmental knowledge, policy and collective politics;
STS and the making and politics of databases;
Social studies of classifications;
Knowledge, practices and biodiversity;
Barcoding of Life (BOLI) and shifting cultures of taxonomy;

Current Teaching

Undergraduate

  • SOCL 100: Environment and Society
  • SOCL 220: Critical Studies of the Environment

Masters

  • SOCL527: Ecology, Conservation and Culture
  • SOCL 931 Researching Environment and Culture
  • SOCL 521: Environment and Culture

PhD students

At present I co-teach 6 PhD students

  • Susan Starling. PhD on The Real Death of Nature: The Badiouian event of thinking nature as empty, riven, infinite; and the subject to truth of biological taxonomy and systematics

  • Enieke-Akpo Anesah, PhD on Destruction of the Ecological Self - Ethnographic Explanation in the Niger Delta.

  • Niklas Hartmann. PhD on Ecosystem Services ? studying how a concept transforms ecological theory, research practice and human-environment relations. 

  • Joel Hacking. PhD on The Future of Natural History Societies in England
  • Tomonidieokuma Bright, PhD on The Role of Civil management Systems in Supporting Sustainable Communities in the Niger Delta.

  • Derla Sanchez-Vargas, PhD on Columbian Coffee and Certification for Sustainability 

Research Interests

Research interests

I am interested in the theory and methodological practices of Science and Technology Studies (STS) and in working with these to understand all sorts of contemporary environmental issues and problems. My approach is to understand 'environmental problems' as particular kinds of orderings in on-going natureculture relations. This helps us to open up questions about these relations, including how they came into being, as well as whether it is possible to create hopeful spaces for re-ordering them.Several aspects of my research dwell on highly intractable and difficult challenges thrown up by modernity ? such as the disposal of highly radioactive nuclear wastes, the diffuse pollution and enrichment of large tracts of land and water, the on-going acceleration of biodiversity loss, the creation of large global databases that might somehow afford environmental protection. In the last 20 years or so, I have had the opportunity of thinking through these issues using the theoretical tools of STS with many different scientists, policymakers and NGOs. I am interested in their ways of working, and in exploring whether we can work together in ways that might produce new ways of thinking about, and enacting, natureculture relations.

  • The making and politics of scientific knowledge, especially that relating to nature/the environment
  • Scientific and other forms of expertise
  • The making of classifications
  • Public perceptions of environmental issues
  • The relationship of scientific knowledge to contempotary environmental policymaking in the UK, Europe and on a global level
  • Analysis of deliberative mechanisms and participatory processes
  • Performativity of method in STS
  • The role of the science studies researcher in studying contemporary science and policymaking

Research projects and funding

  • NERC Water Security Knowledge Exchange Programme (01/02/2012-31/05/2012)?Understanding and Acting in Loweswater: A community approach to catchment management? ? informing the Defra/EA Pilot Catchments trialling a catchment based approach.

  • AHRB 2011 co-PI with Judith Tsouvalis (Department of Sociology, Lancaster) Scoping Study Award:?Producing and performing 'communities': Looking at the paradox of public participation and de-politicisation' (1st July 2011-30 September 2011). AHRB's Connected Communities Programme.

  • 2010 (August-December) Understanding and Acting in Loweswater: Transferable Insights. Defra Funded. PI Claire Waterton Researchers are Ken Bell, Judith Tsouvalis, Lisa Norton, Stephen Maberly, Nigel Watson.

  • 2007-2010 'Understanding and Acting in Loweswater: A Community Approach to Catchment Management' RELU funded. PI Claire Waterton. Researchers are Ken Bell, Judith Tsouvalis, Lisa Norton, Stephen Maberly, Nigel Watson.

  • 2006-2009 'Taxonomy at a Crossroads: Science, Publics and Policy in Biodiversity'. ESRC funded. PIs Claire Waterton, Brain Wynne, and Johannes Vogel (NHM))
  • ESRC (2005-6) databases, Naturalists and the Global Biodiversity Convention, PI with Rebecca Ellis (PI) and Maria Pacha (IEPPP)
  • ESRC (2002-2005) 'Amateurs as Experts: harnessing new networks for biodiversity' (in collaboration with the Natural History Museum, London. Other PIs are Robin Grove-White and Johannes Vogel)
  • ESRC Science and Society Programme (2005-6) 'Databases, Naturalists and the Global Biodiversity Convention'. Other PI Rebecca Ellis.
  • DEFRA, January-July 2004 'Non-Indigenous Species: Exploring their Meanings in Human and Social Terms'. With Jeffrey Waage, Imperial College, London.
  • Rural Environment and Land Use Programme (RELU), July- December 2004, 'Understanding Loweswater: a Study to Generate new Understandings of Ecological, Economic and Social Interactions in a Lake District Catchment'. PI with Steve Maberly (PI, CEH, Lancaster), Lisa Norton (CEH, Lancaster) and Jake Morris (IEPPP).

Additional Information

Career

April 2007 - present: Senior Lecturer in Environment and Society, Department of Sociology, Lancaster University

January 2006- April 2007 - Lecturer in Environment and Society, Department of Sociology, Lancaster University

October 2000 - 2006: Lecturer in Environment and Social Policy, Institute for Environment, Philosophy and Public Policy (IEPPP), Lancaster University. This lectureship was funded through HEFCE and was intended to create bridges between the natural and the social sciences at Lancaster University and through extended research and policy networks

1992-2000 Researcher within the Centre for the Study of Environmental Change, Lancaster University

March 1998 - Sept. 2000: Applicant, co-ordinator and researcher of ESRC-funded project 'Scientists Reflect on Science: How Scientists Encounter the Environment-Risk Domain'.

Dec. 1997 - Mar. 1998: Researcher on Forestry Commission-funded project 'The Recreational uses of Woods and Forests in Contemporary Britain'.

Apr. 1994 - Dec. 1997: Researcher on an ESRC-funded project 'Databases and European Environmental Policy', as part of CSEC's 'Science, Culture and the Environment' Programme, Lancaster University.

Oct. 1993 - Apr. 1994: Researcher on WWF-funded project on the European CORINE programme (Co-Ordination of Information on the Environment).

June - Oct. 1993: Researcher on international social science project, 'Social Learning in the Management of Global Environmental Risks', co-ordinated by Professor Bill Clarke at Harvard University, USA.

Oct. 1992 - June 1993: Researcher at CSEC, Lancaster University, on Cumbria County Council-funded project 'Public Perceptions and the Nuclear Industry in West Cumbria'.

Awards and Membership

Awards

Claire Watertonreceived a fellowship in 2005 from the US Social Sciences Research Council (SSRC) and the UK's Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to spend two months at the Centre for Science Technology and Society, Santa Clara University, California, USA. Here she made links with Professor Geoff Bowker, the Director of the Centre, Susan Leigh Starr and other science studies scholars and attended a two week workshop on Values in Design. The purpose of the visit was to carry out theoretical work on contemporary databases which would feed into the ESRC Science in Society project 'Databases, Naturalists and the Global Biodiversity Convention'.

Membership

I was elected a member of the Council of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) fromJanuary 2009 - December 2011. 

I am currently an elected member of the Council for the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) (2013-2016).

In Press

Loweswater

Waterton, C., Maberly, S., Norton, L., Tsouvalis, J., Watson, N. & Winfield, I. 2014 Catchment and river basin management: integrating science and governance. Smith, L., Porter, K., Hiscock, K., Porter, M. J. & Benson, D. (eds.). Earthscan

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2014

Technocratic and economic ideals in the ecosystem services discourse

Turnout, E., Waterton, C., Neves, K. & Buizer, M. 05/2014 In: Conservation letters. 7, 3, p. 336-337 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

2013

Rethinking biodiversity: from goods and services to “living with”

Turnout, E., Waterton, C., Neves, K. & Buizer, M. 06/2013 In: Conservation letters. 6 , 3, p. 154–161 8 p.6

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Barcoding nature: shifting cultures of taxonomy in an age of biodiversity loss

Waterton, C., Ellis, R. & Wynne, B. 2013 London: Routledge. 248 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2012

Intra-actions in Loweswater, Cumbria: new collectives, blue-green algae, and the visualization of invisible presences through sound and science

Tsouvalis, J., Waterton, C. & Winfield, I. J. 2012 Visuality/ materiality: images, objects and practices. Rose, G. & Tolia-Kelly, D. (eds.). Farnham: Ashgate Press, p. 109-132 24 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Building 'participation' upon critique: The Loweswater Care Project, Cumbria, UK

Tsouvalis, J. & Waterton, C. 10/2012 In: Environmental Modelling and Software. 36, p. 111-121 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2011

A community approach to catchment management

Waterton, C., Maberly, S., Norton, L., Tsouvalis, J., Watson, N. & Winfield, I. J. 08/2011 Newcastle upon Tyne: Rural Economy and Land Use Programme. 4 p. (Rural Economy and Land Use Policy and Practice Note Series; no. 32)

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsOther report

Dealing with environmental challenges collectively: the Loweswater Care Project

Loweswater Care Project 2011 Statusdesign.co.uk. 24 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsOther report

2010

Barcoding nature: strategic naturalization and innovatory practice in the genomic ordering of things

Waterton, C. 05/2010 In: The Sociological Review. 52, Suppl. 1, p. 152-171 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Experimenting with the Archive: STS-ers as Analysts and Co-constructors of Databases and other Archives

Waterton, C. 1/09/2010 In: Science Technology and Human Values. 35, 5, p. 645-676 32 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Taxonomy, biodiversity and their publics in twenty-first-century DNA barcoding

Ellis, R., Waterton, C. & Wynne, B. 2010 In: Public Understanding of Science. 19, 4, p. 497-512 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2009

Integrated catchment management and the WFD: Dealing with the complexity and uncertainty of diffuse pollution from agriculture

Watson, N., Heathwaite, L., Maberly, S., Norton, L., Waterton, C., Tsouvalis, J. & Haygarth, P. 2009 In: Tearmann: the Irish journal of agri-environmental research.n/a, 7, p. 195-210 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Plant sciences and the public good.

Stengel, K., Taylor, J. E., Waterton, C. & Wynne, B. 05/2009 In: Science Technology and Human Values. 34, 3, p. 289-312 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2007

Taking a non-linear plunge into the mnemonick deep: review of G. Bowker's 'Memory practices in the sciences' (2005)

Waterton, C. 2007 In: Metascience. 16, 2, p. 179-203 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Assembling Nature: The Social and Political Lives of Biodiversity Software.

Ellis, R., Waterton, C. & Pacha, M. 2007 Lancaster

Research output: Working paperOther

2006

Understanding Loweswater: interdisciplinary research in practice

Waterton, C., Norton, L. & Morris, J. 07/2006 In: Journal of Agricultural Economics. 57, 2, p. 277-293 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2005

Scientists' Conceptions of the Boundaries Between Their Own Research and Policy.

Waterton, C. 1/12/2005 In: Science and Public Policy. 32, 6, p. 435-444 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Nature: Who Knows?

Ellis, R., Grove-White, R., Vogel, J. & Waterton, C. 2005 Peterboroug, UK

Research output: Working paperOther

Caught between the cartographic and the ethnographic imagination: the whereabouts of amateurs, professionals and nature in knowing biodiversity.

Ellis, R. & Waterton, C. 2005 In: Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. 23, 5, p. 673-693 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2004

In the eye of the hurricane: knowledge and social order in the European Environment Agency

Waterton, C. & Wynne, B. 2004 States of knowledge: the co-production of science and the social order. Jasanoff, S. (ed.). London: Routledge, p. 87-108 22 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Environmental Citizenship in the Making: the participation of volunteer naturalists in UK biological recording and biodiversity policy.

Ellis, R. & Waterton, C. 04/2004 In: Science and Public Policy. 31, 2, p. 95-101 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Knowledge and Political Order in the European Environment Agency.

Waterton, C. & Wynne, B. 2004 States of Knowledge: the co-production of science and social order. Jasanoff, S. (ed.). London: Routledge, p. 87-108 22 p. (International library of sociology)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2003

Messing about on the river

Waterton, C. 2003 In: Salmo Trutta. 6, p. 56-58 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Nature performed: Environment, Culture and Performance.

Szerszynski, B., Heim, W. & Waterton, C. 2003 Blackwell. 226 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Performing the classification of nature.

Waterton, C. A. 2003 Nature performed: environment, culture and performance. Szerszynski, B., Heim, W. & Waterton, C. A. (eds.). Oxford: Blackwell: Sociological Review monograph, p. 111-129 19 p. (The Sociological review monographs)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Introduction to nature performed.

Szerszynski, B., Heim, W. & Waterton, C. A. 2003 Nature performed: environment, culture and performance. Szerszynski, B., Heim, W. & Waterton, C. A. (eds.). Oxford: Blackwell, p. 1-14 14 p. (The Sociological review monographs)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2002

From Field to Fantasy: Classifying Nature, Constructing Europe.

Waterton, C. 04/2002 In: Social Studies of Science. 32, 2, p. 177-204 28 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2001

The social learning group.

Waterton, C. 2001 Learning to manage global environmental risks. Clark, W. C., Jager, J., van Eijndhoven, J. & Dickson, N. (eds.). Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, Vol. 2: a, p. 7-30 24 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

The social learning group.

Waterton, C. 2001 Learning to manage global environmental risks. Clark, W. C., Jager, J., van Eijndhoven, J. & Dickson, N. (eds.). Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, Vol. 1: a, p. 93-114 22 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2000

Research and the bigger picture

Waterton, C. 2000 In: Science and Public Affairs. p. 22-23 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

1998

Woodland sensibilities: recreational use of woods and forests in contemporary Britain -a report for the Forestry Commission

Waterton, C., MacNaghten, P., Grove-White, R. & Weldon, S. 1998 Lancaster: Lancaster University: Centre for the Study of Environmental Change.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsCommissioned report

Public information on the environment: the role of the European Environment Agency

Waterton, C. & Wynne, B. 1998 British environmental policy and Europe: politics and policy in transition. Lowe, P. & Ward, S. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 119-137 19 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Can focus groups access community views?

Waterton, C. & Wynne, B. 1998 Developing focus group research: politics, theory and practice. Barbour, R. & Kitzinger, J. (eds.). London: Sage, p. 127-143 17 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

1996

CORINE: darling of conservation?

Waterton, C. 1996 In: Ecos. 16, 2

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

European environmental information: CORINE and the EEA - but where are the NGOs?

Waterton, C. 1996 In: Ecos. 17, 1

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Building the European Union: science and the cultural dimensions of environmental policy.

Waterton, C. & Wynne, B. 09/1996 In: Journal of European Public Policy. 3, 3, p. 421-440 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Imagine complexity: The past, present and future potential of complex thinking.

Shackley, S., Wynne, B. & Waterton, C. 1996 In: Futures. 28, 3, p. 201-225 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

1995

CORINE: databases and nature conservation - the new politics of information in the European Union

Waterton, C., Grove-White, R., Wynne, B. & Rodwell, J. 1995 Lancaster: Lancaster University: Centre for the Study of Environmental Change.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsOther report

1993

Public perceptions and the nuclear industry in West Cumbria - report to Cumbria County Council

Waterton, C., Wynne, B. & Grove-White, R. 1993 Lancaster: Lancaster University: Centre for the Study of Environmental Change.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsCommissioned report

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