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Emily Christine Cowan

Research Scientist

Emily Cowan is a Research Scientist at SINTEF Ocean.


Cowan received her MA in European Studies from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in 2020 with the title: “The Price of Plastic: Analysing the actors that influenced the EU’s Single-Use Plastic Directive, 2004-19”. She is currently working on her doctorate.

Competence and research areas

Cowans's expertise in the social and political sciences fits well with transdisciplinary research projects. Her areas of focus are on plastics and Arctic multi-level governance. Cowan works on a variety of EU and NFR projects where she holds stakeholder-driven workshops focusing on perceptions and scenario development to identify pathways forward for policymakers. The Dr. Philos degree which Cowan is currently working on is centred around the UN plastic treaty negotiations where she uses the methodological approach of event ethnography to better understand how environmental agreements are formed.



Contact info

Visiting address:
Brattørkaia 17 C