Jennifer Sumaya Knight

Jennifer Sumaya Knight



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I am an interdisciplinary researcher with a particular interest in knowledge exchange and landscapes. My research explores understandings and experience and their potential impacts on science and policy governing environmental landscape change. I have a particular interest in changing treescapes and my doctoral research explores these topics through the lens of Nature Based Solutions, in particular Natural Flood Management, engaging in hydrological modelling, GIS and data analysis. My work has direct implications for policy and practice and I am active in engaging in the practice of knowledge exchange across these spheres.


I am a Leverhulme Doctoral Scholar conducting interdisciplinary research in the Forest Edge program at BIFoR. A complex and unique career background and range of studies (from Physics to STS) bought me to the PhD program. I am passionate about landscapes and in particular fascinated by rural environments, trees, the movement of water through the landscape and both human and non-human agency. When not studying I can be found out and about with two very scruffy dogs.


MSc in Science and Technology Studies, University College London

PGCE - specialising in Science and A-level Physics, Institute of Education, University of London

DipPhs in Physical Sciences, Open University

BMus in performance, Royal College of Music

External positions

Llywodraeth Cymru/Welsh Government

May 2021 → …


  • GB Physical geography
  • GE Environmental Sciences
  • G Geography (General)
  • Nature Based Solutions
  • Natural Flood Management
  • Forests
  • Phenomenology
  • Landscape Ecology
  • Socio Hydrology
  • Critical Physical Geography
  • Political Ecology
  • Systems Science
  • Socio-ecological systems
  • more-than-human
  • rural landscapes


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