Sophie Haines

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Sophie Haines is a Lecturer in Anthropology of Development at the University of Edinburgh. Her research explores knowledge practices, environmental perceptions, and decision-making in contexts of social and ecological change. Three key areas of interest are: infrastructure and anticipation; environmental citizenship; and ecologies of knowledge. Her projects to date have focused on highway planning and construction; the production and application of weather and climate forecasts;  and the negotiation of environmental knowledges in watershed assessments and interventions. She has carried out ethnographic research and interview-based studies in Belize, Kenya and the UK.

Sophie completed her PhD in Anthropology at University College London in 2011. From 2013-19 she was a Research Fellow at the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (University of Oxford), where she held an ESRC Future Research Leaders grant 2017-18 and worked in projects funded by NERC, DfID and the Oxford Martin School. From 2010-12 she worked as a parliamentary researcher in the UK House of Commons, focusing on health policy among other areas. She sits on the Royal Anthropological Institute Environment Committee, and convenes the Network for Anthropologies of Forecasting Weather and Climate (AnthFOR). 

Network on Anthropologies of Forecasting Weather & Climate (AnthFOR)