James Graham

PhD student, Governance of Social Practice for Sustainability.

I have always had an interest in environmental issues, I’m told in fact that I used to make and put up anti-whaling posters in primary school. That interest has broadened over the years to include policy and social issues but the core has remained the same.

Building on this, in 2010 I went to Keele University, an institution known for encouraging dual honours degrees to study Applied Environmental Science and International Relations. Graduating in 2010 with a 2:1 (Hons) I went into employment for a couple of years, involving working with an energy company to help them “green” their business model and working with local councils to track waste while also studying for a PGCert. in Sustainable Business Management.

I stayed at Keele to do an MSc Environmental Sustainability and Green Technology between 2012 and 2013. The modules I covered were roughly evenly split between Green Technology, Sustainability and Politics but during my time on the MSc I audited virtually the entire syllabus in order to gain more information and a wider context on what I was studying as part of the core course. The course leaders had a strong emphasis on multi-disciplinary thinking as the course is run out of the university’s science outreach centre, The Sustainability Hub, so the idea of being able to take a wide range of scientific ideas to a more general audience was core to the MSc. My final project was focused on the knowledge-action gap in terms of sustainable action. I graduated in 2013 with a Distinction.

In 2014 I began my PhD project. The title, “Governance of Social Practice for Sustainability” follows on almost directly from the end of my MSc thesis. I am looking forward to tackling this challenge over the next three years.

3S strands:

Transitions to sustainability
Policy and governance

Email: james.graham@uea.ac.uk


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