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Caitlin began her PhD at the CCRI in October 2018 on a full-time basis, after completing her bachelors and masters degrees in the School of Geography and Planning at Cardiff University. Her research is fully funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) through the Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP).

Her PhD is collaborative, working closely with Gloucestershire Rural Community Council (GRCC) and the Upper Thames Catchment Partnership on stakeholder engagement and natural resource management. The central focus of her research is on developing more effective and inclusive technological approaches for engaging individuals and communities in environmental decision-making, primarily through the use of mixed-methods Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Caitlin’s PhD is supervised by Dr Robert Berry (primary supervisor, CCRI), Dr Scott Orford (secondary supervisor, Cardiff University), Chris Short (CCRI), and Dr Bethan Brockett (Natural England).