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Dr Josephine Booth

Senior Research Fellow


Josephine joined the Centre for Science Education in 2009 after finishing her PhD in Biological Sciences at the University of Sheffield.

Since this time she has been involved in a number of projects including Cre8ate Maths, Science for All, and the evaluation of two national Big Bang Fairs.

She is currently the project manager for Chain Reaction, a €3.6 million teacher CPD project funded by the EC which spans 12 countries.

  • About

    Josephine joined the Centre for Science Education in 2009 after following the successful defence of her thesis in Biological Sciences - Human Nature Interactions: Protected areas and nature conservation in the UK - at the University of Sheffield. She also holds a BA (Hons) in History and two Master of Science degrees.

    Josephine has worked in the private and third sector was well as in an academic environment. Having a varied work and academic experience, she is able to take a broad view of a variety of research areas. Josephine's research interests are wide ranging and include environmental and outdoor education, the impact of teacher education routes and inquiry based science education policy. She collaborates with colleagues across the Centre for Science Education in both research and project work.

    In her time at CSE Josephine has worked on a number of different projects including cre8ate maths, Global Science Explorers, Science for All and the evaluation of the national Big Bang Fairs. Josephine has experience of both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. She also has extensive project management experience, across projects of varying scale and scope.

    Since 2013 she has been the project manager for Chain Reaction, a €3.6 million three year FP7 project funded by the EC. A Continuing Professional Development (CPD) project for teachers which spans 12 partner countries, Chain Reaction aims to develop Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) and to provide interactive and engaging IBSE professional development by utilising tried and tested inquiry based science resources and student-focused lessons. Further details can be found at http://www.chreact.eu/

  • Teaching

    Social Sciences and Humanities

  • Research

    • Centre for Science Education

    Project Manager - Chain Reaction 2013-16

    European Commission

  • Publications

    A list of publications is available from the institutional repository, SHURA

    Armsworth, P.R., Cantu-Salazar, L., Parnell, M., Booth, J.E., Stoneman, R. & Davies, Z.G. (2013). Opportunities for Cost-Sharing in Conservation: Variation in Volunteering Effort across Protected Areas. PLoS ONE 8(1): e55395. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0055395.

    Booth, J.E., Gaston, K.J., Evans, K.L. & Armsworth, P.R. (2011). The value of species rarity in biodiversity recreation: A birdwatching example. Biological Conservation 133, 2728-2732.

    Booth, J. E., K. J. Gaston, and P. R. Armsworth. (2010). Who benefits from recreational use of protected areas? Ecology and Society 15(3): 19. http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol15/iss3/art19/

    Booth, J.E., Gaston, K.J. and Armsworth, P.R.(2009) Public understanding of protected area designation. Biological Conservation. 142: 3196-3200

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