School of Social and Political Science

Sophie Haines

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Lecturer in Anthropology of Development

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Sophie Haines is an anthropologist of development, environment, science & technology. Her research explores knowledge practices, environmental perceptions, and decision-making in contexts of social and ecological change. Three key areas of interest are: infrastructure and anticipation; environmental citizenship; and ecologies of knowledge. Projects to date have focused on highway planning and construction; the production and application of weather and climate forecasts; and the negotiation of environmental knowledges in watershed assessments and interventions. She has carried out ethnographic research and interview-based studies in Belize, Kenya and the UK.

Sophie completed her PhD in Anthropology at University College London in 2011. From 2013-19 she was a Research Fellow at the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (University of Oxford), where she held an ESRC Future Research Leaders grant 2017-18 and worked in projects funded by NERC, DfID and the Oxford Martin School. From 2010-12 she worked as a parliamentary researcher in the UK House of Commons, focusing on health policy among other areas. She sits on the Royal Anthropological Institute Environment Committee, and convenes the Network for Anthropologies of Forecasting Weather and Climate (AnthFOR).


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Journal articles & book chapters

Di Giminiani, P. & Haines, S. 2020 Introduction: Translating environments. Ethnos 85(1):1-16

Haines, S. 2019 Reckoning resources: political lives of anticipation in Belize’s water sector. Science & Technology Studies 30(4):97-118

Haines, S. 2019 Managing expectations: articulating expertise in climate services for agriculture in Belize. Climatic Change 157(1):43-59

Taddei RR & Haines S 2019 When climatologists meet social scientists: ethnographic speculations around interdisciplinary equivocations, Sociologias 21(51):186-209 (simultaneously published in Portuguese)

Haines, S. 2018. Imagining the highway: anticipating infrastructural and environmental change in Belize. Ethnos, 83(2): 392-413

Lopez, A. & Haines, S. 2017. Exploring the usability of probabilistic weather forecasts for water resources decision-making in the United Kingdom. Weather, Climate, & Society, 9(4):701-715

Haines, S. 2012. Meaningful resources & resource-full meanings: spatial and political imaginaries in southern Belize. In M. Janowski & T. Ingold (eds) Imagining Landscapes: Past, Present & Future. Ashgate. Pp 97-120

Edited collections

Haines, S. & Di Giminiani, P. (eds) 2020. Translating environments: translation and indeterminacy in the making of natural resources. Ethnos 85(1)

Working papers, reports & reviews

Haines S, Cano A, Hislop A & Williams T 2019. Water: environmental knowledge and rural life in Belize. Report of a multi-stakeholder workshop. Working paper:

Haines, S., Imana, C. A., Opondo, M., Ouma, G. & Rayner, S. 2017. Weather and climate knowledge for water security: Institutional roles and relationships in Turkana. REACH Working Paper 5, University of Oxford.

Haines, S. 2016. An anthropological perspective on scientific predictions for water decision-making. In N. Encalada et al. (Eds.), Research Reports in Belizean History & Anthropology 4, 97-103. Belize: NICH

Research interests

Research interests

Environmental anthropology, Knowledge production and practices, Anthropology of Development, Science and technology studies, infrastructure, Weather and Climate, Forecasting practices, Conservation and development, Political ecology, Science, technology and development, Belize, water

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