Rosie Brown

N76 Development Officer

Rosie works with a collaboration of CES members in the Nith Valley, Dumfries & Galloway, helping to develop sustainable local transport solutions

In my role as Project Officer for Network 76 in Motion, I work with local development trusts to improve the sustainable transport network for communities along the A76. This involves working closely with the groups to understand their transport needs and the barriers they face, before using this information to develop local transport plans.

Growing up in North Yorkshire, I learned to appreciate the natural environment and the role we have in protecting it. I spent much of my time exploring the local forests, rivers and moorlands with my family. These experiences led me to study a degree in Physical Geography at Durham University, specialising in palaeoenvironmental change and climate change. I worked for an ed-tech start-up alongside my studies and volunteered for the university dog walking scheme in my spare time.

During my studies, I developed my understanding of the need to centre sustainability efforts within communities, especially through community transport projects. I want to help communities access the tools and knowledge to achieve their own sustainable transport goals, in a way that enables local development. My Masters in Sustainability, Energy and Development gave me the chance to work with community groups, using an anthropological approach to understand their knowledge, motivations and concerns for the future. After completing my Masters, I moved to Dumfries and Galloway to put my academic background into action.

Living in a rural area gives me the opportunity to do my favourite things: Hiking and spending time with my dogs. I’ll try not to talk about the dogs if we meet, but no promises! One of my favourite achievements is falling down Mount Snowdon when I was little (only a metre or so, but I’ve held a grudge and I’m yet to go back and conquer that particular challenge). I climbed five Munros in summer 2022 and am hoping to use this relocation to achieve some more, although I’m still working on those Gaelic pronunciations.

rosie.brown@communityenergyscotland.org.uk

07881 037827