Dr Judith Tsouvalis

BSc (Hons), DPhil

Department of Geography

Research Fellow


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Dr Judith Tsouvalis
Department of Geography
Geography and Planning Building
Winter Street
S3 7ND

Judith has a BSc (Hons) in Geography from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a DPhil from the University of Oxford.

She lectured at the University of Oxford for three years before embarking on a full-time research career.

Judith has worked on new participatory approaches (the RELU-funded Loweswater Care Project, where participation was modelled on Bruno Latour’s understanding of ‘new collectives’); science-publics-politics relations; plant biosecurity and ash dieback; precision farming; industrial forestry; and trees.

She has a strong interest in theory and enjoys grappling with complex concepts and ideas, exploring what they enable us to achieve in practice or what they foreclose.

Research interests

I am committed to theoretically informed and empirically situated research and experienced in building on collaborative partnerships and ethnographic work with local and expert communities.

My research tends to be interdisciplinary, qualitative, and participatory in nature and informed by theoretical insights from critical geography and anthropology, political ecology, process philosophy, new materialism and Science and Technology Studies (STS).

Empirically, the broad focus of my research is on science-society-nature relations, which I have investigated in the contexts of catchment management, farming, forestry, plant biosecurity, and science advice to government.

I am particularly interested in how these relations are (de)constructed, (re/un)made, represented and performed and in how they become materially manifest (e.g. as ‘plantation forests’ or ‘ancient woodlands’).

Current Research

I currently work on an ESRC-funded project called Agri-Environmental Governance Post-Brexit. This project is led by Dr. Ruth Little and is part of the ESRC's Governance after Brexit programme.

The aim of the project is to understand and develop new principles and practices of co-production and investigate how they can be deployed to help design, deliver and evaluate the post-Brexit Environmental Land Management policy development process.


Journal articles


Professional activities
  • I am a member of the joint Defra-Natural England Expert Panel on Social Science Evidence for Improving Environmental Land Management Outcomes.
  • In 2011 I was awarded a Lancaster University Staff Prize (Loweswater Care Project) for ‘Making complicated research or topics accessible and exciting to the general public, young people and non-specialists’.
  • From 2008-2010, I was a member of the Environment Agency’s ‘Science Task Group for the Bassenthwaite and Windermere Restoration Program’ (Loweswater Care Project).