Dr Karen Bickerstaff

Dr Karen Bickerstaff is Associate Professor in Human Geography at the University of Exeter working at the interface of risk theory, science and technology studies and environmental justice studies.  She has pursued these interests through a diversity of projects that range from the experience of urban air pollution, to the politics of nuclear waste and the design of experimental energy technologies.

She has previously held research and lecturing posts at the University of East Anglia (Environmental Sciences), the University of Durham (Geography) and Kings College London (Geography).

Dr Bickerstaff currently sits on the editorial board for Geoforum and is a member of the Environment and Sustainability Research Group at the University of Exeter.

Broad research specialisms

  • Risk, knowledge and uncertainty
  • Low carbon energy and heat – policies, planning and technologies
  • Sustainable consumption
  • Environmental democracy, justice and citizenship
  • Nuclear and air quality policy and controversy

Dr Karen Bickerstaff’s University of Exeter Staff Profile page can be found here.