Tom Wakeford is a biologist, action researcher and participatory worker. He works in collaboration with civil society organisations and popular movements in relation to science, technology and their interface with society and our environment.
Tom has been involved in a range of different processes of participatory technology assessment, such as Citizen Foresight (1998), Prajateerpu (2001), Nanojury (2005) and Our Food (2016) as well as many other deliberative processes focussing on issues such as climate justice. A long-time anti-racism activist, he has particular expertise in working with individuals and groups who have been excluded from traditional top-down processes of public participation. His international work includes initiatives in the UK, the European Union, India, Brazil, Zimbabwe and Myanmar.
Tom is author and co-editor of articles and books on issues ranging across the sciences and humanities, including Participatory Action Research (2018), Everyday Experts (2017), People’s Knowledge: Escaping the White Walled Labyrinth (2016), Empowered Participation (2008), Liaisons of Life (2001) and Science for the Earth (1995). He is a Trustee of Medact, Fellow of the Linnean Society and Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Exeter.
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