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School of Geography

Frances Drake Dr Frances Drake

Contact details

Room Manton 10.107
School of Geography
University of Leeds
University Road
Leeds LS2 9JT   UK


+44 (0) 113 34 33332

Student hours:
Tuesday and Thursday 10:00am - 3:00pm

Work in progress

Previous projects

A project looked in detail at the Yorkshire and Humber Climate Change Action Plan. It considered how the re-emergence of the regions as a focus for policy-making affects policies to mitigate climate change. Furthermore it questions to what extent the region is an effective environmental policy-maker.

I have investigated the views of local protest groups concerned with mobile phone technology. In particular, the ways in which scientific knowledge is used by all stakeholders to justify their views. This has led to further questions about what it means to be an active environmental citizen and their role in planning policy.

An ESRC funded project focused on small and medium sized enterprises (>500) in the UK, France and Germany.  The SMEs were contained within 3 sectors: refrigeration, baking and printing. Individual managers with a responsibility for environmental issues, within each SME, were identified and semi-structured interviews undertaken.  These interviews revealed that SMEs had still to integrate environmental issues into their company policies.


Previous Grants (since last RAE)

  • Dr F Drake and Dr M Purvis (1.4.96 to 30.6.98) 'Global Environmental Change' ESRC Grant 440669

Research plans

The primary aim of this project is to look at the social acceptance of fracking in the British rural landscape. In particular, the study responds to a question posed by Fast (2013) how does scientific fact–based argument interact with the aesthetic cultural argument? This will be achieved by looking at the arguments of those protesting against fracking. Fracking potentially has several serious aesthetic issues such as increasing traffic volume and environmental degradation. It’s proponents, however, see it as a transition step to a low carbon economy.