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Professor Susan Owens

Professor Susan Owens

Professor of Environment and Policy

Department of Geography, University of Cambridge


Biography:

Susan has researched and published widely in the field of environmental governance. Her current projects are concerned with relations between science and politics, and with the role of argument, evidence, ideas and advice in policy formation and change. She has also worked extensively on interpretations of sustainable development in theory and practice, particularly in the context of land use and environmental planning. Recently she have become interested in the 'subversive' functions of planning, exploring connections between planning conflicts (especially those concerned with contentious technologies and infrastructures) and developments in wider domains of public policy.

Keywords

  • exploring connections between planning conflicts and developments in wider domains of public policy
  • land use and environmental planning
  • environmental governance, including policy processes
  • interpretations of sustainable development in theory and practice, particularly in the context of land use and environmental planning
  • relations between science and politics
  • knowledge and policy learning
  • the role of argument, evidence, ideas and advice in policy formation and change