Emily Porth

Research Associate

As part of the Evidence Base team, Emily has responsibility for work package 2 of the Growing the Big Grant Club project: analysing and designing interventions.

Emily trained as a cultural anthropologist (Simon Fraser University, McMaster University, Memorial University of Newfoundland) prior to earning an interdisciplinary PhD in Environmental Studies from York University in Toronto, Canada.

Diversity and inclusion have been at the heart of Emily’s work since 2007. Her doctoral research explored the visual narratives within displays of bodies in museums through a range of perspectives, including feminist science studies, human-animal studies, museum studies, environmental philosophy, and medical anthropology (Porth 2012). At Forest Research, Emily carried out research on stakeholder engagement during tree health outbreaks (Porth et al. 2015), work that was expanded to explore what environmental management might look like if underpinned by more inclusive environmental ethical frameworks (Dandy et al. 2018). As part of the PROSO project at the University of Surrey, she worked with a team across the EU to better understand how academics can be encouraged to engage with stakeholders and incorporate the needs and values of society into their research.

Beyond research, Emily taught undergraduates for 8 years in classes on anthropology and environment and culture. She is an ecofeminist who is passionate about storytelling for social change, which is fundamentally about uniting creativity with vulnerability to craft stories that people can connect with and learn from. To that end, she is a contributing author in a new anthology called The Anatomy of Silence, which explores the silence around sexual violence.