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Dr Karen Scott

Dr Karen Scott

Senior Lecturer in Politics

 01326 253778

 Peter Lanyon 162


Peter Lanyon Building, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Treliever Road, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK


I am a social scientist very interested in the politics of knowledge, evidence and public policy. My main focus at the moment is on the current international political and policy interest in measuring wellbeing and how this relates to sustainable development issues. In these government wellbeing measurement agendas, I ask questions such as: who decides what wellbeing is and how to measure it? What sorts of evidence are used? Whose knowledge and what perspectives are we not hearing? What is the impact?

I’m also interested in the politics of pollination and how bee health stakeholders such as beekeepers, bee farmers and public interest groups interact with each other and with researchers and government to produce knowledge and evidence around bee health to inform policy.

I’m also researching how to improve evidence for policy evaluation in environmental policy areas, working with government departments and agencies (Defra, DECC, FSA and EA)

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Bache I, Scott K (2017). The Politics of Wellbeing Theory, Policy and Practice., Palgrave Macmillan. Abstract.
Scott K (2012). Measuring Wellbeing Towards Sustainability?., Routledge. Abstract.

Journal articles

Kirsop-Taylor NA, Hejnowicz AP, Scott K (2020). Four Cultural Narratives for Managing Social-ecological Complexity in Public Natural Resource Management. Environ Manage, 66(3), 419-434. Abstract.  Author URL.
Scott K, Hinrichs C, Jensen L (2018). Re-imagining the Good Life. Journal of Rural Studies, 59, 127-131.
Scott KE, Black N, Shucksmith M (2018). Social inequalities in rural England: impact on young people post 2008. Journal of Rural Studies
Saxby H, Gkartzios M, Scott K (2018). ‘Farming on the Edge’: Wellbeing and Participation in Agri-Environmental Schemes. Sociologia Ruralis, 58(2), 392-411. Abstract.
Scott KE, Rowe F, Pollock V (2016). Creating the good life? a wellbeing perspective on cultural value in rural development. Journal of Rural Studies Abstract.
Gkartzios M, Scott K (2015). A Cultural Panic in the Province? Counterurban Mobilities, Creativity, and Crisis in Greece. Population, Space and Place, 21(8), 843-855. Abstract.
Scott K (2014). Happiness on your doorstep: disputing the boundaries of wellbeing and localism. The Geographical Journal, 181(2), 129-137. Abstract.
Atkinson S, Scott K (2014). Stable and destabilised states of subjective well-being: dance and movement as catalysts of transition. Social & Cultural Geography, 16(1), 75-94.
Scott K, Bell D (2012). Trying to measure local wellbeing: indicator development as a site of discursive struggles. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 31, 522-539.


Scott K, Masselot A (2018). Skivers, Strivers and Thrivers: the Shift from Welfare to Wellbeing in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. In Scott K, Bache I (Eds.) The Politics of Wellbeing: Theory, Policy and Practice, Palgrave Macmillan, 253-278.
Scott K, Bache I (2018). Wellbeing in Politics and Policy. In Bache I, Scott K (Eds.) The Politics of Wellbeing Theory, Policy and Practice, Palgrave Macmillan, 1-22.  Abstract.
Scott K (2012). A 21st Century Sustainable Community: Discourses of Local Wellbeing. In Atkinson S, Fuller S, Painter, J (Eds.) Wellbeing and Place, Routledge.


Kirsop-Taylor NA, Scott K, hejnowicz A (2018). Towards cultures-of-systems in natural resource management institutions: the case of Natural Resources Wales’. Royal Geographic Society. 28th - 30th Aug 2018.

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