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Fleur Winn

PhD student



  • October 2019 – present: PhD student in Geography, University of Cambridge
  • September 2018 – August 2019: MSc, University of Edinburgh
  • January 2018-August 2019: Associate, ICF, London
  • September 2015-January 2018: Junior Consultant, ICF, London and Brussels
  • August 2014: Researcher, Blavatnik School of Government, Ethiopia
  • July 2014: Internship, Bright Green Energy Foundation, Bangladesh
  • October 2012-September 2015: BA, University of Oxford


  • PhD student, Downing College, University of Cambridge, (October 2019-present)
  • MSc Environment and Development (Distinction), University of Edinburgh, (September 2018-August 2019)
  • PRINCE 2 Project Management Foundation and Practitioner Certification, People Cert, (2017)
  • Certificate in Health in Humanitarian Crisis, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, (2017)
  • BA Human Sciences, St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford, (October 2012-June 2015)

Awards and scholarships

  • ESRC DTP KES Studentship (2019-2023)
  • Head of School Scholarship, School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh (2018-2019)
  • Bullock Travel Award, St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford (2014)


Coming from an interdisciplinary background, I have always enjoyed linking ideas between the social and natural sciences – from biology and ecology, to anthropology, sociology, politics and economics, the list is endless. Having moved between academic and policy circles in my career so far, I am constantly thinking about how research can be translated into practice, and, how practice can be translated into research.

My current PhD research focuses on conservation and how social political processes influence practice. I am particularly interested in how decisions are made concerning interactions between humans, non-humans and the environment – specifically how knowledge, values and ultimately power influence who decides what and for whom.

My PhD will explore participation between stakeholders in conservation interventions. I am working with a conservation international non-governmental organisation (INGO) and exploring a conservation intervention in Laikipia County, Kenya. Through working with the INGO, I am to explore the concept of participation in practice, through undertaking participation in research. From working together in the research process, I aim to open up a space for relating, reflection and social learning, moving beyond critique towards creating a practical value of research.

The research is funded through an ESRC Knowledge Exchange Studentship (KES) in partnership with the NGO.


External activities

  • Co-lead of Collaborative and Participatory Research Network, under the ESRC DTP Cambridge (2020-present)
  • Co-lead of Conducting research at a distance series, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge (2020-present) Blog online at:
  • Co-lead of Graduate Forum, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge (2020-present)
  • Green Officer, MCR committee, Downing College, University of Cambridge (2019-present)
  • Volunteer at Jimmy’s Homeless Shelter, Cambridge (2019-present)
  • Hiking, camping, wild swimming, climbing, yoga, meditation, growing foraging for and cooking food, gardening (always)