We are very pleased to welcome Dr Anna Krzywoszynska, Post Doctoral Research Associate at Durham University, as the as Nexus Network-Defra Fellow. Anna starts her role on 18 March 2015 and will base her Fellowship at Defra’s London office over a period of 5 months.
The aim of the Fellowship is to explore Nexus issues at the interface between research and policy. The Fellow will engage across the range of Defra evidence teams, including those dealing with resource security/sustainable consumption, sustainable land, food security, farming, water, ecosystems and biodiversity.
Anna Krzywoszynska says,
I am really excited to take up this Fellowship with Defra. One of the themes in my research to date has been using qualitative methods to understand how knowledge is produced and used by people in different situations and contexts. I have looked at how people acquire knowledge by doing, and by cooperating with others in inter-disciplinary participatory research.’
I think the role knowledge and information plays in Nexus policy-making is an important issue, and something I would like to focus on during my Fellowship. As an academic it will be fascinating to gain an insight to how the evidence/decision making interface works in civil service and the roles played by academia. I am also interested in what role disciplinary and institutional training may play in how people within Defra interpret and transfer ideas across different areas and activities. I am looking forward to applying my skills in the context of Nexus policy-making in Defra in order to improve the policy-academia dialogue and cooperation around these domains.
Dr Rachel Muckle, Social Scientist in Defra’s Strategic Evidence and Analysis team says
I’m delighted that Anna is starting her Fellowship here at Defra today. For us in Defra, the Nexus is about making connections between apparently disconnected subjects- food, water, energy, environment. Of course we all know that those things are inextricably linked and that we need to manage them as a whole. We need to understand how these issues link and how different policy areas grapple with Nexus issues; in order to avoid unintended consequences, make tradeoffs whilst supporting innovation and growth.
We will bring you updates from Anna’s Fellowship experience over the coming months.
Image credit: London. With thanks to barnyz on flickr.