Personal profile


Carole is currently leading research in the UK as part of a three-year multi-partner EU-India research programme called 'Coastal Transformations and Fisher Wellbeing' (FISHERCOAST). The project takes a comparative approach to coastal transformations, contestations and imaginations in Europe and India, focusing on parallel histories and interconnections, aspirations and practices, in a context of limited resources and persisting inequalities. The outcome will be a more integrated and nuanced understanding of the implications of coastal change over time for equity, growth and wellbeing.


Previously, she held a NERC Innovation Fellowship, hosted by Cefas, which explored  the use of Q-methodology in a marine context to better understand social values and perceptions in conservation. In early 2018, Carole completed a Academic Parliamentary Fellowship with the House of Commons library on a policy briefing focused on fisheries governance, Brexit and devolution, funded by a ESRC Impact Accelerator Award. Previously, from 2016-2017, she was a Researcher Co-Investigator on a NERC-ESRC-AHRC Global Challenges Research funded project which explored historical trajectories of disaster risk management in Small Island Developing States. This included case studies in the Pacific and Caribbean. She is a member of the Global Environmental Justice Research Group in the School of International Development.

Her PhD research - completed in 2015 - explored livelihood responses to change in small-scale fishing communities in Norfolk, UK, and the role of place and identity in social resilience. 

Carole has a MSc in Tropical Coastal Management from the University of Newcastle and a BSc in Ecology from the University of East Anglia with a year studying Marine Biology at University Aix-Marseille in France.

Prior to starting her PhD in 2011, she worked part-time as a Fisheries Policy Officer for Seas At Risk based in Brussels, Belgium and as a freelance researcher, conducting fieldwork for the University of Kent and Greenwich University, supply chain audits on ethical sourcing standards for European retailers. Carole previously also worked for the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre on wildlife trade and international environmental agreements, and as a consultant for MRAG Ltd on reports for the European Commission, World Bank and NGOs on marine and environmental policy.

Carole is fluent in French and has worked in Spanish. She has worked on projects in Chile, Dominica, Ecuador, France, Indonesia, Reunion Island, Vanuatu and in the UK.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of East Anglia

Award Date: 25 Nov 2015

Master of Science, Newcastle University

Award Date: 1 Jan 2006

Bachelor of Science, University of East Anglia

Award Date: 1 Jan 2004

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