Dr Alice Vadrot

Visiting Research Fellow at Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge

Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy
Erwin Schrödinger Fellow, Austrian Research Fund (FWF)

Alice B M Vadrot is an Erwin Schrödinger Fellow of the Austrian Research Fund (FWF), based at the Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP) for a research stay of two years. Her research interests include science policy interfaces, biodiversity politics and global environmental governance. Alice is also an external lecturer at the Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna. Before that, she had a four-year research post at the ICCR Foundation to thereafter move to NEOS Lab, a political think tank based in Vienna, for which she served as Head of Research.

Alice earned a PhD from the Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna in 2013 with a thesis on the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). In 2014 she published the book “The Politics of Knowledge and Global Biodiversity” (Routledge, Taylor & Francis). Alice is associate editor of the journal Innovation-The European Journal of Social Sciences and she is Marshall Memorial Fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Previously she was invited as an expert to the official Austrian delegation to the 10th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the IPBES negotiation in 2011.

As a researcher at the ICCR Foundation (2010-2014) Alice was responsible for a report to the German Bundestag on the concept of ecosystem services in biodiversity policy; a comparative analysis of biofuel policies in France, Sweden and Austria (for the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology); and a research project on the co-production of science, technology and society in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological conditions (FP7 project financed by the European Commission).

Her current research project focuses on the epistemic and political dimensions of emerging institutional arrangements at the interface between conservation science and biodiversity policy. A focus will be placed on the disciplinary power of institutional arrangements co-ordinating the process of transforming biodiversity data into usable knowledge. An important and overarching question will be as to how the epistemic becomes political at the individual level of knowledge production and use.

You can email Alice at this address.