Dr Kerry Burton
Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Project Manager (ExeMPlaR)
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Washington Singer Laboratories, University of Exeter, Perry Road, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter, EX4 4QG, UK
My research engages with civil society contributions to the cultivation of just and equitable sustainable development. My PhD explored the alternative political, economic, and organisational spaces of international climate justice activism. As part of the Exeter Multidisciplinary Plastics Research team (ExeMPLaR), I am currently researching how civil society initiatives can contribute to a circular economy through reconfiguring relationships between people and material goods through sharing, repairing, reusing, and reimagining. I am also the project manager for ExeMPlaR.
I am affiliated with the Centre for Circular Economy and the Global Systems Institute
Broad research specialisms
Just and equitable transitions to low carbon and regenerative economies.
Alternative and diverse economic spaces (circular, sharing, community, and social economies)
Civil society participation in sustainable development and natural resource management
Civic methodologies and participatory research methods
PhD in Human Geography, University of Exeter
MSc in Sustainable Development, University of Exeter
Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Policy in an International Context, Open University
BA Media Arts, University of Plymouth
Before academic research, I worked in community development. I undertook my PhD in the Geography department at the University of Exeter and have subsequently held positions at the University of Bristol, the Centre for Climate Justice, and the University of the West of England.
Research group links
ExeMPlaR: I am part of the Exeter Multi-disciplinary Plastics Research (ExeMPlaR) team, a UKRI/NERC funded project that brings together academics from across the University of Exeter. The project examines the possibilities afforded by circular economy approaches to significantly reduce plastic waste and pollution. Within the project, my research examines place-based initiatives to reduce plastic consumption, with a focus the systemic shifts that reconfigure relations between people and material goods through new social practices and diverse economic practices around avoiding, repairing, reusing, and sharing items and resources.
Co-producing Climate Actions: This project recieved early career funding to work with voluntary groups and stakeholders creating community level flood resilience schemes in Bristol. The project included workshops and action research using design for real methods to create new community spaces that responded to both extreme weather events and ongoing needs for communal sites.
Sustainable Water Action (SWAN): This large multi-disciplinary EU funded project worked across European and US universities to examine water management and governance. Within the project, I examined the role of contestation and alternative spaces of participation in water governance. This included work on contestation and the Somerset levels flooding, and anti-fracking protests in Balcombe.
Recent grants and funding
2017-2019 ESRC Seminar Series: Increasing Civil Society's capacity to deal with changing extreme weather risk: negotiating dichotomies in theory and practice (Co-I).
2018-2019 Climate Xchange: Extreme weather threats to care delivery
2018 Newton Fund: Social innovation for maintaining and restoring natural capital in post conflict Colombia
2015-2016 UWE ECRF: re-imagining urban waters and co-producing climate actions
- 2017 ESRC
Increasing Civil Society's capacity to deal with changing extreme weather risk. Co-I
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