Dr Jasper Montana
Research Associate in Evidence, Expertise and Policymaking
Telephone: 0114 222 6293
Room: Floor 4, ICOSS
Jasper Montana is a postdoctoral research associate in evidence, expertise and policymaking. His research takes an international and interdisciplinary perspective to examine the role of scientific knowledge and expertise in the governance of social and environmental issues.
Jasper completed his ESRC-funded PhD in human geography at the University of Cambridge (King’s College) in 2017. He completed an MSc in Science, Technology, Medicine and Society jointly awarded through Imperial College, London and University College London, and holds an undergraduate degree in biological sciences and media production from the University of Melbourne.
Jasper has broad international experience. He has worked in documentary production for the BBC and National Geographic, filming on land and underwater in remote locations. He has spent time at the United Nations Environment Programme in Bonn, Germany, and in 2015 was a Visiting Research Fellow in the Program on Science, Technology and Society at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Jasper's research draws from a broad range of disciplinary traditions, including science and technology studies, human geography, and conservation science. In his current role, he is working across two main research programmes.
Government advisory systems across different national contexts
Working in collaboration with Professor James Wilsdon and others, this research programme seeks to understand and support the use of scientific evidence and expert advice in government decision making. Taking an international comparative perspective, this research explores the scientific, social and political conditions that underpin different approaches to science advice and seeks to identify the opportunities for learning lessons and sharing insights. This work is carried out in collaboration with the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA), which provides an international forum for sharing experience, building capacity and developing theoretical and practical approaches to the use of scientific evidence in informing policy across levels of government.
The organisational dynamics of environmental science
This research programme explores the organisational structures and processes of global environmental change science. Taking the establishment of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) as a central case study, the research examines the way in which authoritative knowledge is produced in the increasingly politically, culturally and disciplinary diverse spaces of environmental governance. These insights are further developed through experiments and interventions carried out with researchers in the field of conservation science itself, where the concept of knowledge co-production offers potential for securing greater impact from and through research.
Peer-reviewed Journal Articles
Montana, J. (2017). 'Accommodating consensus and diversity in environmental knowledge production: Achieving closure through typologies in IPBES.' Environmental Science and Policy. 68. 20-27. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2016.11.011
Montana, J. and Borie, M. (2016; equal contribution). 'IPBES and biodiversity expertise: Regional, gender and disciplinary balance in the composition of the interim and 2015 Multidisciplinary Expert Panel.' Conservation Letters. 9(2): 138-142. DOI: 10.1111/conl.12192
Montana, J., Finn, J.K. and Norman, M.D. (2015). 'Liquid sand burrowing and mucus utilisation as novel adaptations to a structurally-simple environment in Octopus kaurna Stranks, 1990.' Behaviour. 152(14): 1871-1881. DOI: 10.1163/1568539X-00003313
Montana, J. (2016). 'How IPBES Works: The Functions, Structures and Processes of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.' C-EENRG Working Papers, 2016(2): 1-23. Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance, University of Cambridge.