Paula Orr, Technical Director


Paula is a Technical Director at CEP and has been involved in research, engagement and capacity building in relation to sustainability in the UK and Chile since 1992. Trained as a social scientist, she leads CEP's work in participation and consultation and climate change adaptation and is an experienced facilitator. Paula came to CEP from the Environment Agency for England and Wales where she was an advisor on social policy and social science. Prior to the Environment Agency, Paula lived and worked in Chile; she has continued to carry out international projects at CEP, including work in Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Moldova. 

Paula has contributed to numerous studies and evaluations for the UK Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs, the Environment Agency for England and Wales and European institutions including DG Environment and the European Environment Agency.   Her areas of expertise include social and institutional issues associated with water management, including flood risk management, social impacts of environmental policies and processes, community resilience and climate change adaptation.  In recent years Paula has been working on policy and process evaluation, evaluations of public dialogues, designing and running public and stakeholder engagement and social research.

She has also been involved in developing and providing training and teaching, including several training courses with Imperial College on climate change adaptation and on knowledge brokerage as well as giving presentations and teaching modules on requirements for public participation in environmental decision-making.