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Dr Kate Walker-Springett
Associate Research Fellow


I am an environmental social scientist, interested in how different publics engage with environmental issues, with a particular interest in climate change impacts in aquatic environments.  I joined the Geography department at the University of Exeter in 2014 and I am currently working on two projects in relation to major flood events of winter 2013/14 on the Somerset Levels.  The first is an ESRC funded project, which is investigating how different problem and solution framings of major flood events can impact the types of regional and national policy responses to future flood events. The second project is focussed on the linkages between mental health and resilience (at the individual and community level) in relation to flood events, and is funded through the Environmental Change and Health Health Protection Research Unit.

I completed my NERC-ESRC funded PhD at the University of Cardiff which combined environmental science and psychology to a) to predict the impacts of climate change on an endangered, uncharismatic aquatic species, the freshwater pearl mussel and b) to assess the public acceptability of various conservation options to mitigate the potential effects of climate change, using both qualitative and quantities research methods.  In combination, both approaches were used to provide a suite of holistic management options that practitioners could use to maximise public acceptability and conservation success with uncharismatic species. 

I then moved to Bangor University where I used qualitative methods to investigate the barriers to the uptake of woodland creation and management aspect of the Glastir agri-environment scheme, in both the farming community and Local Authorities across Wales. 

Broad research specialisms:

  • Public engagement with socio-environmental issues
  • Climate change impacts, adaptation and mitigation
  • Environmental management and governance
  • Individual and community resilience
  • Place attachment and identity
  • Mixed methods social research
  • Geographical Information Systems


PhD Biosciences (University of Cardiff. submitted 2014) 
MSc Marine Environmental Protection (University of Bangor, 2009) 
BSc Biomedical Science (University of East London, 2004)


Contact details

Tel+44 (0) 1392 5892
AddressAmory Building
University of Exeter
Rennes Drive

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