School of Social and Political Science

Sofie Illemann Jæger

Job Title

PhD Student

Research interests


I am a PhD candidate in Science, Technology and Innovation Studies at the University of Edinburgh. My professional background is in science communication, where I worked on events and public engagement activities for British cultural institutions and learned academies. My current research looks at different formats for public engagement with climate change discourse and policy-making. My main research interests are environmental sociology, public engagement, deliberative democracy, AI & Society and climate activism.

Since 2022, I have been affiliated with the Centre for Science, Knowledge and Expertise (SKAPE) as an Associate Director. I also work as a tutor and marker in SPS, for example, for the modules History of Science I and Understanding Technologies. I am an Advanced Earth Fellow with the Edinburgh Earth Initiative at the Edinburgh Climate Change Institute, and a PhD affiliate of the Edinburgh Futures Institute.


PhD Science, Technology and Innovation Studies, the University of Edinburgh, 2020 - present

MA Arts and Cultural Management, King's College London, 2017 - 2018

MSc History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, University of Oxford, 2016 - 2017

BA(Hons) English Language and Literature, King's College London, 2012 - 2015

Awards and funding

2020 - 2024: Economic and Social Research Council Studentship (ESRC 3.5)

2018: Best Collaborative Dissertation Prize, King's College London

2017: Augustinus Foundation Scholarship

2016: Oticon Foundation Scholarship

PhD title and supervisors

“No one will protect what they don't care about”: Examining participation strategies for public engagement with climate discourse.

Supervisors: Professor Steven Yearley and Dr Eugénia Rodrigues