Dr Katherine Phillips

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  • Qualifications:BA, MA, MSc, PhD
  • Position:Research Associate and Associate Lecturer
  • Department:FET - Geography and Environmental Management
  • Telephone:+4411732 83929
  • Email:Katherine.Phillips@uwe.ac.uk
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About me

I am currently a Research Associate on the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded Connected Communities project 'Towards Hydrocitizenship' led by Professor Owain Jones. The project involves the use of innovative community-engaged creative activities and events to re-imagine people's relationships with water in their local environments. The Bristol case study of this project is led by Professor Lindsey McEwen. 

Prior to joining the project I worked with Lindsey McEwen for several months on a variety of projects including a DEFRA-funded project on community resilience to flooding, an ESRC-funded project on the use of digital storytelling for flood resilience, as well as being involved in some bid preparation. 

I have a PhD from Aberystwyth University (2015). My thesis entitled Mainstreaming the Alternative focused on understandings and practices of 'sustainable development' in the planning system in rural Pembrokeshire, and by a group of people interested in 'low impact development' who wished to develop an eco-village. The thesis engaged with issues of planning, policy, governance, and social movements in exploring the potential trajectory towards more sustainable ways of living in a UK context. I am interested in expanding this research into urban examples of alternatives and the transition towards sustainability at different scales and in different contexts.

I currently teach the urban component of the module Environmental Management in the Global South; Food and Water Security, and Rural Change and Development as well as contributing to Geographies of Globalisation and Field Study modules at Levels 1 and 2.   


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