Dr Sophie Haines

Sophie Haines is James Martin Fellow and ESRC Future Research Leaders Fellow at the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society at the University of Oxford. She completed her PhD in anthropology at University College London in 2011. Before joining InSIS she worked as a parliamentary researcher in the UK House of Commons, focusing on health policy among other areas.

Sophie’s research focuses on environmental knowledge and decision-making in contexts of social and ecological change. She is interested in the interfaces of anthropology and science and technology studies, of natural and social sciences, and of research and policy-making processes. To date her research has explored perceptions of the environment, changing livelihoods, infrastructural development, and the use of scientific predictions for resource and hazard management. She has carried out ethnographic fieldwork and interview-based studies in the UK, Belize and Kenya.

Sophie is currently leading the project Envisioning Emergent Environments: Negotiating Science and Resource Management in Rural Communities. Funded by the ESRC Future Research Leaders scheme, the study examines the implications of science-led watershed management interventions for rural residents in Belize. Sophie has previously worked on the DFID-funded research programme ‘REACH: Improving water security for the poor’, the Oxford Martin Programme on Resource Stewardship (OMPORS), and the NERC-funded project Improving Predictions of Drought for User Decision-Making (IMPETUS).


Telephone: +44 (0)1865 288787


Haines, S. 2017. Imagining the highway: anticipating infrastructural and environmental change in Belize. Ethnos, online first.

Haines, S. 2016. An anthropological perspective on the role of scientific predictions for water resource decision-making. In N. Encalada, R. Cocom, S. Solis & G. Pinelo (eds) Research Reports in Belizean History and Anthropology (Vol. 4, pp. 97-103). Belize: ISCR, NICH

Collins, K., Hannaford, J., Haines, S., Bachmair, S., Crossman, N., Stephens, E., Svoboda, M. 2015. Drought: understanding and reducing vulnerability through monitoring and early warning systems. DrIVER Project Report. Archived at the NERC Open Access Research Archive (NORA).

Haines, S. & Lopez, A. 2015. Interdisciplinary working means stepping outside your comfort zone. Opinion, Oxford Martin School website.

Haines, S. 2013. Invited review of ‘Enclosed: Conservation, Cattle, and Commerce among the Q’eqchi’ Maya lowlanders’ by L. Grandia. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 19(4):896-898.

Haines, S. 2012. Meaningful resources & resource-full meanings: spatial and political imaginaries in southern Belize. In M. Janowski & T. Ingold (eds) Imagining Landscapes: Past, Present & Future. Farnham: Ashgate. Ch 6 Pp. 97-120.

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