Dr Isabel Shaw

Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Research Associate

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Dr Isabel Shaw
Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Geography and Planning Building
Winter Street
S3 7ND

With a background in sociology and anthropology, I have pursued a research career in science and technology studies, exploring the themes of cultural economy, and the politics and practices of policy making, implementation, and enactment in everyday practices. My most recent research has focused on the governance of environmental sustainability, where I examined the role of an environmental standard (Code for Sustainable Homes), promoted by policy, in the development and design of new housing schemes. I am currently working on a project called 'MAGIC Mobilising Adaptation – Governance of Infrastructure through Coproduction' (NERC 2020-2022). My role within this project is to examine how community, water and health concerns are built into local, regional and national institutional plans and policies, with regards to the governance of flood risk adaptation.

Research interests
  • Socio-material practices
  • Reflexivity
  • Anthropology of policy
  • Environmental governance