DR Stephanie Lavau

DR Stephanie Lavau




    • Stephanie Lavau is a Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Environmental Practice. Her research and teaching focus on social and cultural aspects of environment management, knowledge and governance, particularly in relation to ecosystem health, environmental risk, biodiversity conservation, and natural resource management. 

      Stephanie's research interests include:
      - policy-practice relations
      - contemporary and historical nature-cultures 
      - knowledge practices

      Stephanie's research is primarily qualitative and ethnographic, and is situated at the intersection of science and technology studies, human geography, and environmental sociology.  She has studied sustainable river management in Australia (funded by an APA and CSIRO); the extension of biosecurity policy into food production and environmental management in Britain (funded by ESRC); the socio-technical challenges of biological control for crop protection in Britain (funded by Plymouth University); the role of biological indicators in lay and expert apprehensions of environmental change (funded by ISSR); and community engagement in waterways management (funded by Melbourne Water). 

      As a member of the Melbourne Waterways Research-Practice Partnership, Stephanie leads Theme 5: community engagement. 

      Stephanie returned to Australia from the UK in 2016, where she was a Postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Exeter and then a Lecturer in Human Geography at Plymouth University.  She has previous professional experience in science communication and science policy in government and not-for-profit organisations.



    Member of

    • Higher Education Academy (UK). Fellow 2010 -
    • Royal Geographical Society. Member 2010 -
    • European Association for Studies of Science and Technology. Member 2005 -


    Selected publications


    Additional Grant Information

    • 2015. Institute for Sustainability Solutions Research Collaborative Award, Signs of life: Lay and expert apprehensions of environmental change and uncertain ecological futures, Principal investigator, with Dr Simon Rundle and Dr Debbie Robinson (Plymouth University)
      2013. Plymouth University Pump Priming Grant, Bugs in the system
      2012. Open Innovation Platform – Link Fund, Research and Knowledge Transfer, University of Exeter, for Biosecurity: Asking the right questions workshop   


    Education and training

    • PGCAP, The University of Plymouth 2013
    • PhD, University of Melbourne 2009
    • MSc, University of Melbourne 1997
    • BSc (Hons), University of Melbourne 1994


    Available for supervision

    • Y