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Dr Tom Wakeford

Reader in Public Science

Biography

Dr Tom Wakeford is Lead Practitioner at the Centre’s People’s Knowledge and Transdisciplinary Working Group, which represents the Centre on the international AR+ initiative. He combines knowledge of the biosciences with 20 years’ practice and analysis of participatory and inclusive approaches to action research. 

He has led, evaluated or been a research collaborator in numerous participatory action research processes within three broad themes:

  • Food justice, health, climate change and sustainability
  • Democratisation of new technologies, including genetic modification, nanotechnology and synthetic biology
  • Diversities of knowledge, particularly expertise gained through experience and inclusivity in relation to ethno-cultural diversity, indigenous peoples, gender, age, disabled people and sexuality. 

Tom is a Fellow of the Linnean Society and an adviser to the European Commission on public dialogue. He is Policy Adviser to the Commissioners to the Indian Supreme Court and Editorial Advisory Board member of the journals Action Research (Sage Publications) and Citizen Science: Theory and Practice (Ubiquity Press).

SELECTED OUTPUTS

  • People’s Knowledge Collective (in press) People’s Knowledge and Participatory Action Research: Escaping the White-walled Labyrinth. Practical Action Publishing. Available October 2016.
  • Wakeford, T. et al. 2016 Strengthening people’s knowledge. Farming Matters. 32:1:40-43. Available from: ResearchGate.
  • Colston, N., Vadjunec, J., and Wakeford, T. (2015) Exploring the Entry Points for Citizen Science in Urban Sustainability Initiatives. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 17:66-71. Available from: ResearchGate.
  • Jeffery, G., Schaefer K and Wakeford, T 2016 The Art of Survival: Social Circus, Youth Regeneration and Projected Community in the North East of Scotland. In Duggan, P. Peschel, L. (Eds) Performing (for) Survival: Theatre, Crisis, Extremity. Palgrave Macmillan.
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Reader in Public Science

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