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Congratulations to our CSEC Visitors!

Date: 5 November 2013

2013 has been a good year for our CSEC post-graduate visiting researchers. Three of our visitors were awarded PhDs from their home institutions in Spain, Italy and Sweden, this year. Below, we give more details about their research, and what they are going on to do. We wish them all 'Congratulations!'

Amaranta Herrero is a researcher of environmental sociology in the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA) at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain. Amaranta spent several summers at CSEC whilst writing her thesis up as publications. She submitted her thesis, 'The Anatomy of a socioenvironmental conflict: the case of opencast coal mining in the Laciana Valley (Leon- Spain)', in March 2013 and successfully defended it in June 2013. Amaranta has since been working as a researcher at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain and is preparing further research funding applications on extractive industry with CSEC.

Gemma Maltese, from the Department of Department of Sociology and Political Science at the University of Calabria (Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche e Sociali UniversitÓ della Calabria), defended her thesis, 'Science and power in the crisis of the European Knowledge Society: Comparing Italy and Great Britain for the case of the GMO controversy' on the 7th May 2013. Gemma is now going on to work on a European scholarship, as part of the ARUE program, "Assegni di Ricerca Unione Europea". The focus of the research will be: "Food and Transition, from dependency on petrol to another energy geography". Gemma's supervisors were: Professor Ercole Giap Parini, Department of Sociology and Political Science, University of Calabria; Professor Brian Wynne, CESAGen and Centre for the Study of Environmental Change (CSEC) Lancaster University; Dr. Claire Waterton, (CSEC), Lancaster University.

Karin Gustafsson studied for her PhD at Orebro University in Sweden. She visited CSEC for three months in the autumn of 2012 and audited some of our MA modules. Her thesis 'The Importance of Trust: A study of knowledge production in biodiversity' was successfully defended on the 8th November 2013. Karin is now going on to take up a one year post-doc position in a project about scientific ambiguity and monarch butterflies at Cornell University, USA.


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Associated departments and research centres: Centre for the Study of Environmental Change, Sociology


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