Pracademic in Training

Jessica Cockburn

Professional Profile


Thank you for coming to visit my online professional profile. I hope these few pages will give you an overview of who I am and the work I do. Please make yourself at home and feel free to contact me for any further information: jessicacockburn[at]

Navigation: Use the labels at the top of the page to navigate to the different parts of the website. I recommend you start with the 'Who I am' and 'Research Interests' pages.

Hi there, my name is Jessica Cockburn.

I am currently (2017) a PhD Student at Rhodes University (South Africa), in the Department of Environmental Science.

I call myself a 'Pracademic in Training' to reflect my commitment to constantly working towards bridging the gap between practice and academia through my studies and research career. I firmly believe that as researchers, we need to take more responsibility for how the research we do impacts society, and to continually reflect on our role as researchers in society. We need to think not only about WHAT we research, but also HOW we do research.

My work is mostly in the social-ecological realm - both in research and practice. I am currently working towards my PhD (Environmental Science) and looking to establish myself as an academic in the field of social-ecological research. I would however like to keep my links to the practice of environmental work alive through research-practice collaborations and partnerships.

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