Mary Murphy

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Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate

Department: Faculty of Education, Lucy Cavendish College

Keywords: environmental, sustainability, climate change, education

My doctoral research in environmental education arose out of many years as an environmental, entrepreneur, activist, author and educator, primarily based in South Africa where I have lived for 24 years.
My doctoral research in environmental education arose out of many years as an environmental entrepreneur, activist, author, and educator, primarily based in South Africa where I have lived for 24 years.  I produced and presented a radio programme on the national broadcaster called Environmental Matters. I have a particular interest in structure and agency, environmental risk, social justice, and transformation and change. I have worked closely with Umberto Eco’s theory of semiotics, Ulrich Beck’s theory of Risk and Margaret Archer’s theories of reflexivity, in particular, Archer’s theory of the Internal Conversation (IC).  I am interested in developing further research into the ‘Internal Conversation’ as an ethnographic tool in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

I am presently working on an emerging field of research called hydro-sociology, which has at its core an understanding of the hydrological system and the human system as inherently linked.  The project, CW2GC.org, takes a comparative view of how young people develop environmental learning through their active working connections with waterways through case studies in England and South Africa.  Connections that are shaped by the global hydro-socio-political debates.  I am developing a research proposal that focuses on the use of stories to activate and inspire environmental action.

Get in touch: mm2324 [at] cam.ac.uk