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Dr Karen Potter

Professional biography

Karen joined the OU in March 2016 as a Research Fellow in Collaborative Governance in the Department of Public Leadership and Social Enterprise (PuLSE).  With a background in environmental management and planning, she initially worked at the Forestry Commission and as Local Authority Planner, specialising in water management, wider environmental issues and regeneration projects. It was due to the institutional challenges experienced as a practitioner, endeavoring to implement novel policy in natural flood risk management, that she returned to academia and was drawn to interpretative policy analysis methods to challenge environmental policy transition and transformation.  Previously in a Department of Geography and Planning (University of Liverpool), Karen is now extending her interdisciplinary research to collaborative governance theory, to gain further insight into the challenges faced by those involved in water management and wider environmental partnerships.

External collaborations

Honorary Research Fellow, University of Liverpool (Geography and Planning)


Responding to a ‘flood of criticism’: analysing the ebbs and flows of planning and floodplain development in England (1926–2015) (2016-03-30)
Potter, Karen; Ludwig, Carol and Beattie, Charlotte
Town Planning Review, 87(2) (pp. 125-138)