Dr Tom Wakeford
Dr Tom Wakeford is a biologist, action researcher and participatory worker. He works in collaboration with popular movements and other civil society organisations in relation to power - particularly that which relates to science and technology - and their interface with society and our environment.
Having studied natural sciences, history and philosophy at the universities of Cambridge and York, Tom became involved in a range of different processes of participatory technology assessment, going on to use participatory action research in a range of other areas, such as climate justice and anti-racism. He has collaborated with a wide range of civil society organisations in the UK, the European Union, India, Brazil, Zimbabwe and Myanmar. He has particular expertise in working with individuals and groups who have been excluded from traditional top-down processes of dialogue.
Tom is author and co-editor of books on issues ranging across the sciences and humanities, including Participatory Action Research (2018), Everyday Experts (2017), People’s Knowledge: Escaping the White Walled Labyrinth (2016, also in Spanish), Empowered Participation (2008), Liaisons of Life (2001, also in Japanese, Korean and French) and Science for the Earth (1995, also in Portuguese). He is a Fellow of the Linnean Society, Trustee of Medact and Associate Professor (Hon.) at the University of Exeter.
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