Beth Cullen

Beth Cullen
University of Westminster

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
I am an anthropologist and part-time visiting lecturer at the School of Architecture and Cities at the University of Westminster. I was a postdoctoral research fellow with the ERC funded project Monsoon Assemblages from 2016 to 2021. My research interests include environmental anthropology, more-than-human ethnography, and transdisciplinary and participatory approaches for understanding and working with complex socio-ecological-technical systems.
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May 2021 - present
University of Westminster
Position
  • Lecturer
August 2016 - April 2021
University of Westminster
Position
  • PostDoc Position
October 2013 - June 2014

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Publications (28)
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This paper is published in e-flux architecture here: https://www.e-flux.com/architecture/accumulation/378157/jade-urbanism/
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Meteorological cartographies provide a way of tracing understandings of the monsoon through the course of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This paper analyses developments in cartographic representations of the monsoon, from nautical charts to synoptic charts to upper-air charts, to show how such visualisations constructed meteorologic...
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This visual essay offers an exploration of monsoonal materiality and agency in the urban environments of three cities situated around the Bay of Bengal: Chennai, Dhaka and Yangon. The text and images emerge from Monsoon Assemblages, a research project exploring intersections between changing monsoon climates and rapid urbanization in South Asia. Mu...
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Using follow-the-thing methods and insights from ethnographic fieldwork, this paper traces the meteorological mobilities entwined within Bangladesh bricks. Following the extended lifecycle of the Bangla brick from sediment to clay, from clay to brick and from brick to sediment, and the role that monsoon weathering plays in these processes, reveals...
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Organic farming is knowledge intensive. To support farmers in improving yields and organic agriculture systems, there is a need to improve how knowledge is shared. There is an established culture of sharing ideas, successes and failures in farming. The internet and information technologies open-up new opportunities for knowledge exchange involving...
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Recent scholarship has contributed important insights into the political dynamics inherent in the process of making and showing participatory videos. As a research method and an instrument for social change, participatory video has both potential and limitations for overturning the power dynamics embedded within research and in development processe...
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Many participatory processes fail to generate social change and collaborative outcomes. This failure can partly be explained by how divergent stakeholders' frames are handled. This paper builds on the framing and participation literature to explain how facilitators can manage frame diversity and foster collaborative outcomes. It suggests two pragma...
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Dynamic innovation processes and differences in interests, capacities, and power present challenges for platform facilitators. Based on group reflection on their own personal experiences facilitating innovation platforms, Chapter 10 (Swaans et al.) discusses key issues that are critical for effective platform facilitation.
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Men and women interact with water resources and landscapes in different ways, and there are frequent criticisms that little research is undertaken across disciplines to address this issue. Biophysical scientists in particular struggle with how to integrate “gendered” water uses into models that are necessarily based on prevailing laws and equations...
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Innovation systems thinking is increasingly influencing approaches to sustainable agricultural development in developing world contexts. This represents a shift away from technology transfer towards recognition that agricultural change entails complex interactions among multiple actors and a range of technical, social and institutional factors. One...
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This article discusses how decentralisation policies are enacted in the planning and implementation of natural resource management interventions in rural Ethiopia. A key element of decentralisation policy is the emphasis on greater participation by local communities. Drawing on qualitative research conducted with government staff and farmers, this...
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Innovation platforms (IPs) are increasingly popular as mechanisms for enabling sustainable agricultural development in developing world contexts. This is due to growing recognition that agricultural change entails complex interactions between multiple actors and must take into account a range of technical, social and institutional factors. The Nile...
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In this paper, we will explore the ways in which sustainable intensification interventions often overlook fundamental social dynamics in rural landscapes. We provide evidence of the underlying social, political and environmental contexts that affect farmers' land-use decisions. While there are numerous initiatives to promote a Green Revolution for...
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This paper draws lessons from two years of work with ‘innovation platforms’ that were established by the Nile Basin Development Challenge (NBDC) program in an attempt to strengthen landscape-level rainwater management in Ethiopia. The NDBC’s work included the use of an innovation fund to support pilot interventions. This paper particularly reviews...
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Over the past decades, there has been increasing debate about the role and impact of research in society. Such debates have resulted in novel ideas about research for development (R4D), aiming at increasing the contribution of research to policy and development processes, for example through innovation platforms. An innovation platform can be defin...
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Innovation platforms are increasingly used by research and development initiatives to actively engage the poor in agricultural innovation processes. These platforms are forums for action and learning, where different types of actors come together to address issues of mutual concern. However, the dynamic nature of the innovation process, and the dif...
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We currently witness an increased interest in ‘innovation platforms’ as an organisational model for stimulating innovation and development in agriculture and other sectors. This enthusiasm is shared by national and international research organisations, which expect that collaboration with platforms can enhance the relevance and impact of research....
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Change" in pastoral areas and societies is occurring at an unprecedented pace. Pastoral women and men experience such change in different ways, and have different capacities to transform it into positive and/or negative impacts. Many women in particular, are having to make difficult decisions about whether and how they should embrace new opportunit...

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