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Rebecca Elmhirst photoRebecca Elmhirst is a human geographer and political ecologist, with two decades of research and teaching experience on struggles over environmental governance, migration and social justice in the global South.
Specifically, she uses a mobile feminist political ecology lens to understand the gendered ecological politics of displacement, resettlement and dispossession in forest and flood contexts in Southeast Asia. Most of her work is in partnership with scholar-activists in Southeast Asia, and includes projects on the gender dimensions of oil palm investment in Indonesia, links between migrant remittances, livelihoods and resource access, and on living with floods in a mobile Southeast Asia.
PI and supervisor of ESR 5 and 6Rebecca’s profile on UofB website

Mark Erickson is Reader in Sociology and is currently (2015-2019) seconded to the University of Brighton Doctoral College as Director of Postgraduate Studies.
Mark’s research interests are in sociology of science, science and technology studies (STS), sociology of work and social theory and he has recently published a monograph – Science, Culture and Society: Understanding science in the 21st Century (Polity Press, 2nd edition 2016) which has been translated into Chinese and Arabic.
Co-supervising ESR 5 – Alice Owen
Mark’s profile on UofB website
Dr Mary Gearey is a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography within the School of Environment and Technology. She has over twenty years’ research experience in water resources management and governance, gained through interdisciplinary practice throughout the EU and sub-Saharan Africa.
Dr Gearey undertakes empirical qualitative fieldwork to explore the corresponding relationships between practices of community resilience and water resources policy, planning and management in the context of Sustainable Futures.  Her work is inter-disciplinary, orientated around emerging modes of governance within natural resources management informed by her background in International Development.

Dr Gearey’s research has been funded through NERC, the European Union, the Daphne Jackson Trust, the Landscape Research Group and the Royal Academy of Engineers amongst others.

Dr Gearey’s current research project is WetlandLIFE ( part of the Valuing Nature Programme. She is a management board member of the Centre for Aquatic environments 

Dr Kirsten Jenkins is an early career Lecturer in Energy, Environment and Society within the Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (STIS) group of the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. Kirsten’s background is as a sustainable development and human geography scholar, with research and teaching interests that centre on energy justice; energy policy; science, technology and innovations studies; transitions theory and sustainable energy provision and use.
Prior to joining STIS, Kirsten held positions as a Lecturer in Human Geography and Sustainable Development within the School of Environment and Technology (SET) at the University of Brighton and as a Research Fellow in Energy Justice in the Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (CIED), part of the Science and Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex. Kirsten completed her Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)-funded Ph.D. at the University of St Andrews in December 2016.

As additional responsibilities, Kirsten coordinates the 1600-member Energy and Social Science Network and the Energy Justice JISC mailing list. She also serves as Managing Editor for the journal Energy Research & Social.

Kirsten has published extensively in the fields of energy and social science and has worked on projects funded by the RCUK Energy Programme, Norwegian Research Council, CREDS and the ESRC.