My research currently based at the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield fits broadly into three interrelated strands.
Firstly, I am interested in the role of experts and publics in environmental governance. This strand focuses on the institutionalisation of particular forms of expertise or public deliberation, and draws predominantly on social and political theory from science and technology studies.
The second strand of my research is interested in the human dimensions of environmental change. This research includes examining and contributing to attempts to understand socio-ecological systems as hybrid processes in light of the Anthropocene, and the implications this shift might have for academic and management practices.
Finally, I am interested in how transdisciplinarity and calls for more inclusive practices in knowledge production work in practice. In particular, this field of my research responds to the increasing demand for co-designed and co-produced research from funding bodies and global environmental assessments.
My doctoral thesis at the University of Cambridge analysed the institutional arrangements and expert knowledge-making practices in a UN-level expert panel: the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).
Montana, J. (2018) ‘Biodiversity: Ideas need time to mature.’ Nature. 561: 309 DOI: 10.1038/d41586-018-06737-y
Wyborn, C., Louder, E., Harrison, J., Montambault, J., Montana, J., Ryan, M., Bednarek, A.T., Nesshover, C., Pullin, A., Reed, M.S., Delleker, E., Kramer, J., Boyd, J., Dellecke, A. and Hutton, J. (2018) ‘Understanding the impacts of research synthesis’. Environmental Science and Policy. 86: 72-84. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2018.04.013
Montana, J. (2017). ‘Accommodating consensus and diversity in environmental knowledge production: Achieving closure through typologies in IPBES.’ Environmental Science and Policy. 68. 20-27. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2016.11.011
Timpte, M., Montana, J. Reuter, K., Apkes, J., and Borie, M. (2017) ‘Engaging diverse experts in a global environmental assessment: Participation in the first work programme of IPBES and opportunities for improvement’. Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research. DOI: 10.1080/13511610.2017.1383149
Montana, J. and Borie, M. (2016; equal contribution). ‘IPBES and biodiversity expertise: Regional, gender and disciplinary balance in the composition of the interim and 2015 Multidisciplinary Expert Panel.’ Conservation Letters. 9(2): 138-142. DOI: 10.1111/conl.12192
Montana, J., Finn, J.K. and Norman, M.D. (2015). ‘Liquid sand burrowing and mucus utilisation as novel adaptations to a structurally-simple environment in Octopus kaurna Stranks, 1990.’ Behaviour. 152(14): 1871-1881. DOI: 10.1163/1568539X-00003313
Montana, J. (2016). ‘How IPBES Works: The Functions, Structures and Processes of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.’ C-EENRG Working Papers, 2016(2): 1-23. Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance, University of Cambridge. DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.2778701