The research is being undertaken collaboratively by Scottish Government Social Research and an independent academic researcher from Newcastle University. The research team is: Dr Nadine Andrews, Dr Evelyn Bowes, Dr Nick Bland, and Barnaby King from Scottish Government Social Research, working with Dr Stephen Elstub from Newcastle University. The research team are supported by Ruth Mattock and Jessamyn Briers who are on the Environmental Placement Programme with Scotland's Climate Assembly.' The time of the independent academic is funded by their institution.
This collaborative approach:
- ensures the independence, impartiality and integrity of the research;
- enables robust high quality research;
- and will contribute Scottish evidence to the international evidence base on public deliberation and climate change.
Dr Nadine Andrews
Nadine works part-time as a Principal Research Officer in the Scottish Government whilst caring for her mum. Following a PhD in the psychology of pro-environmental behaviour, she worked in the science team of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change technical support unit for Working Group II (impacts, vulnerability and adaptation) with a focus on social sciences and psychology. Nadine is a visiting researcher at Lancaster University Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business and co-chair of the Climate Psychology Alliance Scotland. She is also a qualified Mountain Leader and teaches mindfulness and nature connection courses. In her early career she worked in the music & events industry and cultural sector.
Dr Nick Bland
Dr Nick Bland is Research Adviser to the Local Governance Review at the Scottish Government and is part of the collaborative leadership of the research programmes on the Citizens’ Assembly of Scotland and Scotland’s Climate Assembly. He is Visiting Professor at the School of Applied Sciences, Edinburgh Napier University. Between 2014-2017, he was co-director of What Works Scotland at the University of Edinburgh, where he was Visiting Professor. Nick works across the boundaries of research, policy and practice to support learning, policy development and practice in citizen participation, local governance, democratic innovation, and partnership-working.
Dr Evelyn Bowes
Dr Evelyn Bowes is a Principal Research Officer at the Scottish Government. She is currently the Research Manager of a collaborative research programme for the Citizens' Assembly of Scotland. Prior to working in Scottish Government, Evelyn completed her Doctoral research at the University of Stirling. This research included exploring the participation of children and young people in both research and educational settings, focussing on the experiences of children from armed forces families. Evelyn has a broad interest in researching issues of inclusion and voice.
Dr Stephen Elstub
Dr Stephen Elstub is a Reader in British Politics at Newcastle University. His main research interests are in citizen participation and deliberative democracy. Stephen has been a POST Academic Fellow at the UK Parliament and an Academic Fellow at the Scottish Parliament, working on how parliamentary committees can be linked with mini-publics. He is currently involved in research on the Climate Assembly UK and the Citizens’ Assembly of Scotland. He is the Co-Editor of the journal Representation: Journal of Representative Democracy.