Dr Karen Bickerstaff
Associate Professor in Human Geography


I am a human geographer working at the interface of risk theory, science and technology studies and environmental justice studies.  I have 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.

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

I currently sit on the editorial board for Geoforum

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

Office hours

w/b 10th: Thurs 13th (1-2), Fri 14th (10-11)


Contact details

Internal tel3306
Tel+44 (0) 1392 723306
AddressAmory Building
University of Exeter
Rennes Drive

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