Carla-Leanne Washbourne 

Lecturer in Environmental Science and Policy


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Carla has a diverse academic and professional experience across disciplinary areas including earth sciences, engineering and social science and practices including environmental communication and science advice. She is currently a Lecturer in Environmental Science and Policy at UCL STEaPP.


Her current research interests are centred broadly around the creation and application of knowledge in urban areas, particularly urban green spaces. ​She has previously worked on policy documents which provided insights on the potential for temporary use of vacant urban land, engaging with stakeholders in industry, local government and the third sector. An on-going project with the Gauteng City-Region Observatory, South Africa, investigates the way in which the concept of green infrastructure is being applied in the design, development and management of urban green spaces. Carla is Co-Director for Green Infrastructure at the UCL Engineering Exchange, which works to proactively match local community needs with UCL research expertise.


In association with this work, Carla is working with stakeholders across a variety of technical and decision-making contexts, and students on the “Communicating Science for Policy” module at UCL, to understand how different approaches for engagement with and communication of technical knowledge can optimise its appropriate uptake in decision-making.


​Carla graduated from Durham University with a BSc (hons) in Natural Sciences (Earth Sciences and Archaeology) and Newcastle University with an MSc in Engineering Geology (2009) and PhD in Geosciences (2014). She has previously worked as a Provost Fellow and Lecturer (Temporary) for UCL STEaPP, Science Advisor for the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST), and Policy Intern for the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) and environmental regeneration charity Groundwork North East.