West is a postdoctoral researcher at the Stockholm Resilience Centre. His expertise lies in the sustainability, environmental and conservation social sciences.
West currently holds a Formas Early Career Mobility Starting Grant, for which he is exploring practices of collaborative and transdisciplinary knowledge-making in relation to Indigenous Land and Sea Management in Northern Australia.
He is also co-leading, together with centre researcher Caroline Schill, the Formas-funded project ‘Living with the new normal: exploring human responses to abrupt environmental change in the Arctic using behavioural and interpretive social science,’ which involves fieldwork in North Slope, Alaska. West is an Honorary Lecturer at the Australian National University’s Fenner School of Environment and Society, and a Visiting Fellow at the Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University.
His research interests span three broad themes:
West has a keen interest in teaching and education. He has co-designed and run a PhD course, together with Wijnand Boonstra, titled ‘Why bother with Durkheim? Using (classical) social science to understand the social dynamics of social-ecological systems,’ and has also co-run with Lisen Schultz the SRC’s MSc programme course module ‘Adaptive Governance’ in 2015 and 2017.
West is currently studying for a Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Policy Development at Charles Darwin University, Australia.
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