Sophie Haines is a social anthropologist, specialising in development, environment, and science & technology, with fieldwork experience in Belize, Kenya and the UK. She holds a PhD in Anthropology from University College London. From 2013-19 she was a Research Fellow at the Institute for Science, Innovation & Society: holding an ESRC Future Research Leaders grant 2017-18; teaching environmental anthropology; and collaborating on a series of projects funded by DfID, NERC, and the Oxford Martin School. Before joining InSIS Sophie worked as a parliamentary researcher in the UK House of Commons, focusing on health policy among other areas. She is currently a Lecturer in Anthropology of Development at the University of Edinburgh.
Sophie’s research interests include infrastructure planning; watershed interventions; and the production and use of scientific predictions, models, and other forms of foreknowledge for environmental decision-making. Across these domains, she is interested in understanding social and material dimensions of uncertainty, translation and power.
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