Karen Scott

I joined The Centre for Rural Economy in 2010 to take up a five year research fellowship.  I came to academic research after ten years working in the UK voluntary sector, including in projects supporting homeless people and ex-offenders in Edinburgh and Newcastle.  I then became interested in environmental issues and trained as a landscape architect and worked mainly on strategic planning for renewable energy projects in Scotland.

Since becoming an academic, my work has been equally diverse covering the intersections between wellbeing, culture and the environment, always with a focus on in-depth qualitative methods to gain a detailed understanding of social contexts.  

With a PhD in political science, I am interested in governance and policy processes.  As a consequence, my research style tends to be interdisciplinary, participatory and policy focussed, drawing widely on (and respecting) different types of knowledge and experience.

Research Interests

Defining and measuring wellbeing and sustainability for public policyThe role of indicators and evidence in policyEnvironmental controversies Arts, culture and wellbeingThe culture and practice of beekeepingQualitative research methods

Research Fellow (Newcastle University)