PhD student secures parliamentary fellowship

Francesca Boyd

Department of Landscape PhD student Francesca Boyd has been awarded a three-month fellowship at the Parliament Office of Science and Technology, where she will produce policy briefings for Parliamentary use.

The fellowship, which is funded by the Nuffield Foundation, will see Francesca produce POSTnote briefings – typically four-page summaries of public policy issues, based on reviews of research literature and interviews with stakeholders from across academia, industry, government and the third sector.

Francesca will work on an area of quantitative social science, science or technology policy, the exact topic of which will be decided once she has started her fellowship in January 2019.

Francesca is starting the third year of her PhD in the Department of Landscape, where she is investigating the role of natural environments in green care prescriptions.

She used knowledge gained during her PhD studies to secure her fellowship place, discussing topics including the role of green infrastructure in urban air pollution and how digital technology is changing education in her interview.

Francesca said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to get the opportunity to contribute to academic research being turned into tangible policy change through the work POSTnote does.”

To keep up to date with Francesca’s research into urban nature and wellbeing for young people, and follow her experience in Westminster, find her on twitter @frankielboyd.