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Professor Clare Saunders

Last modified: January 22, 2024
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Professor in Politics
University of Exeter


The sector(s) I work in: Academic

Professional qualifications:

BA History and Geography (University of Southampton)

MSc in Integrated Environmental Studies (University of Southampton)

PhD in Environmental Sociology (University of Kent at Canterbury)

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy





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About the organisation(s) I've worked for

Organisation name:

University of Exeter

About my experience and expertise

Personal statement:

I am environmental social scientist primarily interested in the ways people use political behaviour to encourage pro-environmental change. My work spans political science, sociology, cultural studies and human geography, with a particular focus on visible and quiet forms of activism ranging from visible protests to making and mending clothes. Recently I published a landmark book on how different forms of organising for change intersect, with Silke Roth (Organising for Change, Bristol University Press, 2024).

Key topic areas of research or interest:

  • Protest
  • Political participation
  • Social movements
  • Social change
  • Behaviour change
  • Environmental NGOs


Organising for Change, Social Change Makers and Social Change Organisations

Young Climate Protesters’ Mobilization Availability: Climate Marches and School Strikes Compared

A New Climate Movement? Extinction Rebellion’s Activists in Profile

Persistent Anti-Littering Activism in a Non-Western Context: The Case of the Nature Cleaners Movement in Iran

Anti-fracking Campaigns in the United Kingdom: The Influence of Local Opportunity Structures on Protest

The Affective Economy of Fast Fashion: Materiality, Embodied Learning and Developing a Sensibility for Sustainable Clothing

From Conflict to Bridges: Towards Constructive Use of Conflict Frames in the Control of Bovine Tuberculosis

Domestic Thermal Upgrades, Community Action and Energy Saving: A Three-Year Experimental Study of Prosperous Households

From Contradiction to Contrast in a Countryside Conflict: Using Q-Methodology to Reveal a Diplomatic Space for Doing TB Differently

For a full list of publications, see here

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