Following her return to the UK, Stevie Upton retrained as a conservationist. She currently manages three National Nature Reserves in Wiltshire for Natural England
Upton joined the Institute as a postdoctoral research associate in fall 2013. Prior to this she was research officer of an independent think tank in the U.K., where she specialized in research on education and regional economic development.
She earned her Master of Science in regeneration studies and doctorate from Cardiff University. Upton is particularly interested in the roles played by universities in social and economic development at the local and regional scales. In addition to this focus on university knowledge exchange practices, she undertakes related research on government and institutional knowledge exchange policies, and on their theoretical underpinnings.
While at IHE, she examined methods for effectively incentivizing faculty to engage in knowledge exchange activities and investigated how research-intensive U.S. universities frame their missions. She taught an IHE course on the role of higher education in economic and social innovation.
PhD, Higher Education Policy, Cardiff University
MSc, Regeneration Studies, Cardiff University
BA, Geography, University of Cambridge