Insight #20: Jessica Cockburn on critical realism

This ‘Insight’ episode is from full episode 37, where Michael and Stefan interview Jessica Cockburn.

Jessica Cockburn is a Lecturer in Environmental Science at Rhodes University in South Africa. Jessica identifies as a “pracademic” who often works with local partners to explore how actors across a variety of contexts interact to address sustainability challenges. Her work is highly collaborative. Among the groups she engages with is the Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS):

In this clip, Jessica’s explains why she draws a critical realism approach, and how that is positioned between positivist and constructivist paradigms.

Jessica’s personal website:


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