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Anna Bridel

Anna Bridel

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Anna is a PhD candidate in International Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Program on Science, Technology and Society (STS) during the 2017-2018 academic year. Her research interests lie in investigating the politics of expertise, particularly in relation to climate change policy. Her PhD project, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) analyses how epistemic authority about climate change-related risks is achieved in developing country contexts. In doing so she hopes to contribute to environmental governance by examining how to make climate change policy more inclusive and effective. While at Harvard, Anna will research the ways in which the persuasiveness of environmental expertise is affected by the context of its endorsement in society.

Prior to starting her PhD, Anna completed an MSc in Environment and Development at LSE, where she received training in environmental governance and the politics of climate change policy, and an introduction to STS theory and concepts. She also holds an MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy from Oxford University, and a BA in History and Spanish from Edinburgh University. Anna has worked as a researcher for the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Transparency International (TI), and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). After her BA she also assisted on a European Commission development project in Lao PDR.

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