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Sam Buckton

Sam is currently a PhD researcher at the University of York’s Department of Environment and Geography, researching how the practice of evaluation can support transformations towards regenerative futures in complex social-ecological systems such as food systems. A key part of his research involves collaboration with North Yorkshire Council to support the evaluation of its new food strategy. Prior to this, Sam was a Research Assistant with FixOurFood working on designing, delivering, and analysing results of Three Horizons workshops with Yorkshire food system stakeholders to co-create transformative pathways to regenerative futures. He is also researching understandings of regenerative systems and contributing to research on food system synergies and transformational forms of governance. Sam has a BA (Hons) in Biological Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge and an MSc in Environmental Economics and Environmental Management from the University of York. His wide-ranging research interests include: societal transformations towards regenerative futures; transformation-focused evaluation; futures methods (particularly Three Horizons); ‘new economics’ beyond capitalism; youth activism and mental health in the face of global crises; natural history and ecology; and nature conservation. He is a Research Associate with Global Assessment for a New Economics (GANE), a Fellow with Collaborative for Bioregional Action Learning & Transformation (COBALT) and a Youth Advisory Board member for the University of Hull’s project exploring youth-led adaptation to climate change in Vietnam. He has also worked with numerous British nature conservation NGOs, including at the RSPB’s innovative Hope Farm, and with the University of Cambridge to produce its Biodiversity Action Plan.