Dr Vanessa Bowden
Post Doctorate Research Fellow
Newcastle Business School
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Dr Vanessa Bowden is a sociologist at Newcastle Business School investigating the interface between our understandings of the environment with science, policy and social justice.
While we might often think of environmental issues as directed by scientific understandings, issues such as climate change reveal the complexities around our trust in science, politics and concern for the economy. Understanding the ways in which these issues intersect is a key focus of Dr Bowden’s research.
Dr Bowden is currently working with Professor Daniel Nyberg on two research projects; looking at the social dynamics of climate adaptation in Lake Macquarie, Australia and a three year ARC funded project on Energy Transitions in Australia.
- Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
- Bachelor of Arts, University of Newcastle
- Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Newcastle
- Climate Change
- Environmental Sociology
- Reflexive Modernisation
- Risk Society
- Social Theory
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Learning and Teaching
|Associate Lecturer||University of Newcastle
Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies
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Journal article (11 outputs)
Bowden V, Nyberg D, Wright C, '"I don't think anybody really knows": Constructing reflexive ignorance in climate change adaptation.', Br J Sociol, (2021)
Bowden V, Nyberg D, Wright C, 'Truth and power: deliberation and emotions in climate adaptation processes', Environmental Politics, (2020)
© 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. As the polarisation of climate politics feeds into ¿post-truth¿ politics, one response has been a call for the ... [more]
© 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. As the polarisation of climate politics feeds into ¿post-truth¿ politics, one response has been a call for the reassertion of a previously agreed upon ¿reality¿. However, it is important to recognise that knowledge has always been contested and contingent. This is particularly salient concerning climate change, where multiple truth claims compete in the media, politics, and social movements. One means of addressing this is through deliberation, where it is argued that emotional interpretations of information and lack of trust in authority can be alleviated through transparent democratic processes. Investigating a case study of climate change adaptation in a regional Australian community, we argue that while deliberation may be the preferred method of building community support, emotions can also be employed to undermine scientific authority and build a shared truth among those who see themselves as victims of the process. To this end, we suggest that more radically democratic models are needed to address climate change.
Bowden V, Nyberg D, Wright C, 'Planning for the past: Local temporality and the construction of denial in climate change adaptation', Global Environmental Change, 57 1-9 (2019) [C1]
Bowden VM, ''Life. Brought to you by' ...coal? Business responses to climate change in the Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia', Environmental Sociology, 4 275-285 (2018) [C1]
Leahy TS, Bowden V, 'Don't Shoot the Messenger: How Business Leaders Get Their Bearings on a Matter of Science', Journal of Sociology, 52 .219-234 (2016) [C1]
Siegel P, Broom A, Bowden V, Adams J, de Barros NF, 'Attitudes toward complementary and alternative medicine amongst oncology professionals in Brazil', Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 27 30-34 (2016)
© 2016 Elsevier Ltd. Complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) are popular amongst cancer patients in the Brazilian context, however little is known about oncology health prof... [more]
© 2016 Elsevier Ltd. Complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) are popular amongst cancer patients in the Brazilian context, however little is known about oncology health professionals' attitudes toward the role of CAM and their perspectives on the potential for integration into oncological care. In this study, drawing on a series of interviews with oncology professionals (i.e. doctors, nurses, nutritionists, pharmacologists and psychologists), we provide insight into their views on the rise, validity, and role of CAM in cancer care. The results reveal two key dynamics in relation to CAM in cancer care in Brazil. First, that doctors, nurses and other allied professionals hold considerably different views on the value and place of CAM, and in turn ascribe it varying levels of legitimacy potentially limiting integration. Second, that while some health professionals may articulate a degree of support for CAM, this is limited by perceptions of CAM as lacking efficacy and intruding on their respective jurisdictional claims. Further research is needed in the Brazilian context to explore patient and professional perspectives on experiences on CAM in cancer care, including how oncology professionals' varying positions on CAM may influence what patients are prepared to use, or discuss, in the context of cancer care.
Leahy TS, Bowden VM, Threadgold SR, 'Stumbling towards collapse: Coming to terms with the climate crisis', Environmental Politics, 19 851-868 (2010) [C1]
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Conference (2 outputs)Edit
Grants and Funding
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20171 grants / $1,500
Funding body: English Language and Foundation Studies Centre, University of Newcastle
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|Scheme||New Staff Early-Stage Researcher Scheme|
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Number of supervisions
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|2020||PhD||Solarpunk: Ideologies of Resistance, Resilience, and Hope||PhD (Sociology & Anthropology), College of Human and Social Futures, The University of Newcastle||Co-Supervisor|