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Dr Karolina Rucinska

Dr Karolina Rucinska

Project Development Officer

Room E.2.23, Queen's Buildings, 5 The Parade, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 3AA


I am a PRINCE 2 certified project manager with a BA in Tourism Management, an MSc in Sustainability, Planning and Environmental Policy and a PhD in Geography of Science.

My expertise is in providing full project lifecycle support from the early initiation and proposal stages, through to funding, operational delivery, societal engagement and finally exploitation of research.

At the Centre of Integrated Energy Generation and Supply (CIREGS), I  am responsible for coordinating and developing a multimillion-pound project portfolio funded by WEFO-ERDF, EPSRC and Innovate UK. Projects in which I am involved are  FLEXIS, Supergen Energy Networks Hub, UK Energy Research Centre Phase 4, MC2, and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.

I am also spearheading the Green Impact programme at Queen's Building.

Here is a blog posts describing my work 


  • 2017 - present - Project Development Officer, Cardiff University
  • 2016 - 2017 - Project Officer, Cardiff University
  • 2014 - 2016 - Administrative assistant, Cardiff University
  • 2013 - 2020 - PhD, Cardiff University
  • 2012- present - Freelance Resercher
  • 2010 - 2011 - MSc Sustainability, Planning and Environmental Planning
  • 2007- 2010 - BA Tourism Management, the Technology University of Dublin and University of South Wales

Honours and awards

  • Bronze Green Impact Award for Queen's Building, Cardiff University (2020)
  • Early Career Research Fund, £3000 from the School of Engineering to organise a Carbon Literacy Training (2020) 
  • Excellence Award in Voluntary Contribution to Cardiff  University for running the International Staff Network with colleagues from across the university (2019) Celebrating Excellence Awards 2019 - finalists and winners - Intranet - Cardiff University
  • Early Career Research Fund, £3000 funding from the School of Engineering, Cardiff University to organise a Creative Problem-Solving workshop for early career researchers (2019)
  • Interdisciplinary Workshop award -£1000 funding from Doctoral Academy, Cardiff University to organise an interdisciplinary workshop about Optimisation  Methods (2018)
  • Travel award - A full stipend to attend an interdisciplinary workshop in Munich about genome editing awarded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research for my expertise in science-
    public dialogue (2017)
  • Travel award, School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University for outstanding dissemination and
    networking skills (2016)
  • Regional (Wales) Student Employee of the Year awarded by the National Association of Student Employment Service for my contributions to the team at Research Governance at Cardiff University (2014)

Academic positions

  • Oct 2013 - May 2014 Student Research Assistant  to Oxford Brookes University and Cardiff University “Good Feedback” project
  • Feb 2013- Mar 2013  Research Assistant to Work Package 2.1 to Dr Mara Miele on ‘EUWelNet’ for the European Commission (SANCO 2012/10293).
  • Jan 2012- Jun 2014 Research Assistant to the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ study to evaluate the effectiveness of Regulation 2007/43/EC (Broilers Directive) in England and Wales.
  • Mar-Oct 2012 Research Assistant to Welsh Government's study on the implementation of the EC Regulation No 1099/2009 of 24 September 2009 on the protection of animals at the time of the killing.
  • May-Sept 2012 Student Research Assistant to German Federal Agency of Food and Agriculture study on Biopatents in Animal Breeding, Cardiff University
  • Feb 2012 Student Research Assistant to Farmers' confidence in vaccines for bovine tuberculosis, Cardiff University

Speaking engagements

    • Panel speaker at the Society for Social Studies of Science and European Association for the Study of  Science and Technology, Barcelona, Spain" Witnessing animal and human moments for the betterment of sciences. The case of the Enviropig", 2016
    • Roundtable discussion at Canadian Political  Science Association (CPSA) Environmental Studies Association of Canada (ESAC), Calgary, Canada, Can meat-eating be sustainable? The politics of eco-carnivorism, 2016
    • Panel speaker at the Annual  Meetings of the Canadian Political Science Association (CPSA) and  Environmental Studies Association of Canada at Congress of Social  Sciences and Humanities, Calgary, Canada, "When transgenic animals turn the politics of food. An example of the  Enviropig and Roundtable discussion on “eco-carnivorism”, 2016
    • Debate speaker at a Philosophy Café about GM foods, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK, 2016
    • Live interview at  Canadian radio show discussing the role of biotechnology in livestock, live phone interview, 2016
    • Co-organiser of  a session Imagining the future of animal farming: nature culture and technoscience session - at American Association of  Geographers, San Francisco, USA, 2016 
    • Co-presenter at the British Society of History of Science, Cambridge University, UK "An Animal History of Biotechnology., The case of the  Enviropig™ (transgenic pig) and the thylacine (Tasmanian tiger)", 2016
    • Panel speaker, at the International Conference of Historical  Geographers, London, UK , "Past-Present-Futures of Porcine-Human relationship. The case of the  Enviropig and the question of the role of biotechnology in shaping this  relationship", 2015
    • Special session and plenary speaker at the British Sociological Association  Conference, Glasgow, "UK Greening the animal: the case of the Enviropig", 2016
    • Panel speaker  at Symposium: Spaces of Attunement:  Life, Matter & the Dance of Encounters, Cardiff, UK, "Love your GM “monster”, 2015
    • Guest tutorial about doing research on contested topics to MSc students at University of Toronto, School of Geography and Planning, Toronto, Canada, 2014
    • Presenter at  STS Conference in  Sheffield, UK, "Let’s talk about a transgenic farm animal – the Enviropig. STS in a  conversation with Animal Geography", 2013
    • Presenter The Enviropig effects: an STS study of biotechnological innovation  enactments in animal farming - at Welsh Human Geography  Postgraduate Conference, UK, 2013
    • Co-presenter at the Society for Social Studies of  Science and European Association for the Study of Science and  Technology, Annual Meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark, "Enviropig - a greener food for the future? Ambivalence and  entrapment in the public perception of transgenic modification of pigs"-presented with Prof Mara Miele", 2012






      I believe that sustainability is the only way forward, and so I am drawn to projects that benefit future generations. For this reason, after completing MSc in Sustainability, Planning and Environmental Policy, I became a researcher and later PRINCE2 qualified manager. I have got a wealth of experience in a professional academic environment which is evidenced by the successful delivery of projects in the context of food and renewable energy.

      My thesis was about the controversies surrounding some of the innovations in animal farming. The aim here was to bring emotions into discussions about science and innovation. Previously, I explored a public understanding of the modification of animals.  I have completed various projects concerned with the implementation of farm animal welfare legislation in the UK.