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Dr Catherine Butler
Senior Lecturer in Human Geography


I am an environmental social scientist with a background in inter-disciplinary collaborations. My work examines processes of environmental governance focusing on two major substantive themes - energy and low carbon transitions, and flooding and climate change adaptation. I have developed these themes over a number of years through several projects and grants examining the roles of publics, the state, and private institutions in the societal processes which work to embed, sustain, and shift particular ways of living with implications for environmental sustainability. I am currently principle investigator on two major RCUK funded projects: the ESRC Winter Floods project, and the EPSRC Welfare, Employment and Energy Demand grant funded as part of the DEMAND Centre. Previous projects include the ESRC/EPSRC Energy Biographies project (co-I) and the UKERC/NERC funded project Public Values for Energy System Change (co-I).

Broad research specialisms:

  • Environmental governance, policy, and politics
  • Public engagement with socio-environmental issues
  • Social practice, consumption and environmental sustainability
  • Transitions at different scales (e.g. community, national)
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Mixed methods social research


PhD Environmental Sociology (2008)
MSc Social Science Research Methods (2003)
BSc Sociology and Social Policy (2001)


Contact details

Internal tel4833
Tel+44 (0) 1392 724833
AddressAmory Building
University of Exeter
Rennes Drive
OfficeAmory C364b
Office hours

My office hours this semester are: Tuesdays 1.30-2.30 and Thursdays 11-12

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