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Dr Katie Orchel

Dr Katie Orchel

Postdoctoral Researcher

 Environment and Sustainability Institute Desk 17, Room 1.15


Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK


I am a Human Geographer interested in the connection between people and environment in the broadest sense. I am currently working with Dr Tomas Chaigneau and Dr Ian Ashton on a project exploring the future of seaweed aquaculture in Cornwall. The work is part of wider project (EMFF/ENG3418) in collaboration with Cornish Seaweed Company, West Country Mussels, and local artist Tom Hubmann, recently featured online here.

My doctoral research, under the supervision of Professor Paul Cloke and Dr Nick Gill, explored the nexus between landscapes of care, wellbeing and spirituality in the context of statutory programmes for people experiencing homelessness delivered by The Salvation Army UK .

Before joining ESI I worked as a business consultant specialising in innovation grant writing for projects in the bioTech, edTech, finTech, tourism and renewables sectors. I also have teaching experience and was Project Officer for the Exeter Education Incubator, a programme that supports educators at the university to deliver pedagogic innovation.

Research interests:

  • Socio-ecological connections, landscapes of care and wellbeing
  • Innovation and sustainability
  • Creative research methods and public engagement

I am a member of the Environment and Sustainability Institute



2018 PhD Human Geography (University of Exeter)
2007 M, Leadership for Sustainable Development Geography (Forum for the Future / Middlesex University )
2006 B.A. Geography (University of Cambridge)



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