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Academic Background

Dr Emilie Vrain is a Senior Research Associate in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia. As a social scientist, her research uses both quantitative and qualitative methods, analysing factors which influence the adoption of sustainable innovations. She currently works on the ‘Social Influence and disruptive Low Carbon Innovations’ project at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, exploring social networks, communication behaviour and information sources related to a range of consumer-facing low carbon innovations.

Emilie also works closely with the Department for Environment and Rural Affairs to inform UK agri-environmental policy and post-Brexit strategies for environmental land management and farmer engagement. She has delivered a variety of policy reports on farmer behaviour change, farm advice and natural capital. She has recently led a national knowledge dissemination project as part of the Demonstration Test Catchments – a 10-year project which assessed the effectiveness of on-farm water pollution mitigation measures.

Prior to this, Emilie completed her PhD at UEA which investigated the role of farm advice and influencing factors on the uptake of on-farm diffuse water pollution mitigation measures across four agricultural contexts in the UK.

She has particular interest and specialism in knowledge exchange, qualitative research, translating science for policy development and has most recently developed skills in social network analysis and designing/analysing complex online surveys.

Key Research Interests and Expertise

Low carbon digital innovations; Smart home technologies; Farmer behaviour change; Mixed methods research; Social network analysis; Agri-environment policy mechanisms

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, UEA

Award Date: 1 Apr 2016

Bachelor of Science, University of East Anglia

Award Date: 1 Jan 2011


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