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Dr Katie Dow

Last modified: February 15, 2024
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Principal Social Scientist
Environment Agency


The sector(s) I work in: Government agency




About the organisation(s) I've worked for

Organisation name:

Environment Agency

About my experience and expertise

Personal statement:

I am a social scientist with a PhD in social anthropology, but have worked across anthropology, sociology, STS, geography and gender studies. My academic research focuses on intersections between environment and reproductive concerns and activism; public perceptions and ethical discourses around technologies; and people’s relationships with environments and other species. I specialise in ethnographic research, but have also used interviews and discourse analysis methods. At the Environment Agency, I am focusing on understanding the evidence for and (potential) implications of the transition to net zero with specific relevant to the Agency’s regulatory and advisory roles.

Key topic areas of research or interest:

At the Environment Agency, I am focusing on the social scientific evidence around net zero technologies and pathways. I am also interested in how individual and societal change is conceptualised in net zero policy and planning and in the discourses surrounding net zero and the technologies associated with decarbonisation.

Collaboration opportunities:

In my role at the Environment Agency I am interested in working with academic researchers on net zero and building the case for social science in government and policy.


Dow, K. (2021). ‘Bloody Marvels: In Situ Seed Saving and Intergenerational Malleability’. Medical Anthropology Quarterly 35 (4): 493-510.

Dow, K. (2019). ‘Now She’s Just an Ordinary Baby’: The Birth of IVF in the British Press. Sociology, 53(2), 314-329.

Dow, K. (2017).‘The men who made the breakthrough’: How the British press represented Patrick Steptoe and Robert Edwards in 1978. Reproductive Biomedicine & Society Online, Volume 4, 59-67.

Dow, K. (2016). ‘What gets left behind for future generations? Reproduction and the environment in Spey Bay, Scotland’. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 22(3): 653-669.

Dow, K. (2016). Making a Good Life: An Ethnography of Nature, Ethics, and Reproduction. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

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