Dr Joanie Willett

Published on: 29 September 2014

What would you do if you were in charge of Cornwall?

In an event for the University of Exeter’s Festival of Social Science researcher Dr Joanie Willett is giving you the opportunity to ‘takeover’ Cornwall Council and decide what you would do if you were in charge.

Dr Willett, a lecturer in environmental politics, whose research interests include resilient communities and Sustainable economic development is organising the open event to gather views on Cornwall’s distinct identity.

Dr Willett uses critical political theory to look at how the economy shapes our identities, and how our identities shape the economy. The majority of her work in this area has been with around sustainable communities, regional development, and territorial politics, often in relation to economic development in Cornwall.

Dr Willett uses complexity theory, the new materialisms, art, phenomenologies and some aspects of posthumanist thought to consider these questions, and has recently extended her focus to explore how cultural trends shape attitudes towards the environment and the green economy.

The citizen’s takeover of Cornwall council takes place on Saturday 1 November at New County Hall in Truro. We will live tweeting throughout the event from @UofE_Research using #UoEFestival

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