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Dr Maud Borie



Teaching Fellow

Bush House NE 5.14







Blank space Biography

My research looks at the politics of environmental knowledge and relations between nature and society at different scales and is situated at the intersection between Human Geography and Science and Technology Studies (STS).

In the context of my PhD research, conducted at the University of East Anglia, I have focused more specifically on biodiversity expertise at a global scale, conducting an ethnographic study of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and contrasting it with the IPCC. More recently I have also worked on disaster risk reduction and resilience in different places including Nairobi, Cape Town, Manila and the Caribbean (Saint Martin/Sint Maarten).

We increasingly rely on scientific expert advice to address ‘global’ environmental challenges such as climate change or biodiversity loss. Yet, in contrast to what is often assumed relations between knowledge and policy are not linear and paying attention to a variety of socio-cultural contexts, and scales, is needed to understand when, why, and how knowledge is used, and with what implications. After my PhD I worked on a GCRF-funded project called “Why we disagree about resilience” whose objective was to reflect on science methods and epistemologies for resilience and find ways to “open-up” debates on resilience (at the city level) via the use of art-based methods and qualitative GIS. In this context I have studied more specifically the role of spatial knowledge and mapping practices for resilience building.


Blank space Research interests
  • Relations between environmental knowledges, expertise, and society
  • Global Environmental Assessments
  • Participatory and deliberative methods to open-up (environmental) debates
  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Geographies of science

Hulme, M., Obermeister N., Randalls S., Borie, M. (2018). Editorializing about Climate Change in Nature and Science. Nature Climate Change 8, 515-521.

Timpte, M., Montana, J., Reuter, K., Borie, M., & Apkes, J. (2017). Engaging diverse experts in a global environmental assessment: participation in the first work programme of IPBES and opportunities for improvement. Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research, 1-23.

Turnhout, E., Borie, M. & Esguerra, A. (2015). Book Review – Alice Vadrot: The Politics of Knowledge and Global Biodiversity. Czech Sociological Review. 51(6), 1121-1122.

Borie, M. & Hulme, M. (2015). Framing global biodiversity: IPBES between Ecosystem Services and Mother Earth. Environmental Science and Policy. 54, 487-496.

Montana, J. and Borie, M. (2015). IPBES and biodiversity expertise: Regional, gender and disciplinary balance in the composition of the interim and 2015 Multidisciplinary Expert Panel, Conservation Letters

Beck, S., Borie, M., Esguerra, A., et al. (2014). Climate change and the assessment of expert knowledge: does the IPCC model need updating? Bridges 40 (July), 1–7.

Beck, S., Borie, M., Esguerra, A. et al. (2014). Towards a reflexive turn in the governance of global environmental expertise – the cases of the IPCC and the IPBES. GAIA, 23(2), 80-87.

Shröter-Schlaack, C., Ring, I., Koellner, T., Santos, R., Antunes P., Clemente, P., Mathevet, R., Borie, M., Grodzinska-Jurczak, M. (2014). Intergovernmental fiscal transfers to support local conservation action in Europe. The German Journal of Economic Geography (Special issue on the economics of protected areas). 08/2014, 58 (2-3), 98-114.

Borie, M., Mathevet, R., Letourneau, A., Ring, I., Thompson, J., Marty, P. (2014). Exploring


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