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Biography

I am an environmental social scientist, with expertise in interdisciplinary, policy-relevant research that cross-cuts contemporary international development issues around marine and coastal resource management and governance, climate change, hazards and risk. I specialise in understanding multi-level perceptions, knowledge and incentives and the associated implications for environmental decision-making and governance.

I have applied my research focus and made important contributions to international and UK-based research on governance of coastal and marine resources and food security, and cultural and historical influences on contemporary hazards, risk and exposure. More recently, I have expanded my focus to emerging energy technologies and land use. My work combines ecological, social and economic perspectives, quantitative and qualitative approaches, and I have undertaken extensive field-based research in the Caribbean and Pacific regions, and the UK.

I also have a long-term interest in science communication, with varied experience in public engagement of environmental change, as well as working at the science-policy interface, as evidenced by my work with Cefas and CCSUS, and as Marine Knowledge Exchange Network (MKEN) Director of Social-Ecological Interactions; and as Co-Lead for the Building Up Resilience Tyndall Research Theme. I am also a member of the Global Environmental Justice Research Group and Water Security Research Centre at UEA.

Key Research Interests and Expertise

Environmental governance and decision-making; perceptions, knowledge and incentives; marine and coastal management; fisheries and sustainable livelihoods; climate and natural hazard risks on small islands; perceptions and issues associate with new carbon reduction technologies.

Past research projects

  • Future proofing Caribbean fisheries from hurricane impacts: linking fisheries resilience and diaster risk management in Dominica (GCRF funded, 2019 - 2021)
  • Commonwealth Marine Economies Programme (Blue Ltd Consultancy) Maritime Economy Plans for 17 Commonwealth Countries (FCO funded, 2018 - 2020)
  • Feasibility of afforestation and biomass energy with carbon capture storage for greenhouse gas removal (NERC-EPSRC-ESRC funded, 2017 - 2021)
  • Historical trajectories of risk, exposure, governance and tenure to build resilience to multiple hazards in Small Island Developing States (GCRF funded, 2016 - 2018)
  • Innovations in Climate Governance (INOGOV) (EU/COST funded, 2014 - 2018)
  • Services and Opportunities from the marine environment (ESRC Impact Accelerator Award, 2015-2017)
  • Future of Reefs in a Changing Environment (FORCE) (EU FP7 funded, 2010-2014)
  • Understanding and addressing the impacts of threats to marine ecosystems in the UK Overseas Territories in the Caribbean (DEFRA funded, 2013-2014)
  • Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology Fellowship on UK coastal management (ESRC funded, 2009)
  • PhD research (Anguilla and University of East Anglia) on vulnerability of tourism dependent Caribbean islands to climate change (ESRC/NERC funded, 2006-2010)

Academic Background

PhD (University of East Anglia); MRes (University of York); BSc (University of Leeds)

Research Group Membership

External Activities

Outreach and engagement

  • Schools science outreach (Norfolk) - multiple events 2019-2021
  • Infohackit workshop for a multidisciplinary science-media-community network on 'Understanding and communicating relative risk' (Nottingham)
  • Development of infographic to communicate historical trajectories of hazard risk for a policy workshop on disaster risk management (Cancun)
  • Policy, business and industry workshops on future coastal scenarios, ecosystem services, and Blue Growth for MKEN (Norfolk)
  • British Science Festival events - Scientific advisor for science comic for children (Newcastle 2013); and two public lectures on gardening and climate change (Surrey 2008)
  • FORCE project (Barbados, Honduras, St Kitts and Nevis, and Belize); designed and delivered local and national level consultations on reef management. Media (TV and radio) in each country.

Communications

  • Designed communications strategy for 28 EU country network (INOGOV), including website, policy briefs and newsletter

Esteem and prizes

  • Director of Social-Ecological Interactions (Marine Knowledge Exchange Network)
  • Theme Co-Lead for Building Up Resilience research theme for the Tyndall Centre
  • Royal Visit, HRH The Prince of Wales, presented the Tyndall Centre Chelsea garden (UEA)
  • Chelsea Flower Show - Silver medal winner - designed the Tyndall Centre '2050 Garden: exploring plants and practices in a changing climate' (National TV, radio and print coverage)
  • CEFAS Collaborative Centre for Sustainable Use of the Seas (CCSUS) work theme co-lead: climate impacts and adaptation

Teaching Interests

I convene and teach on the DEV Masters module, DEV-7022B Tools and Skills for Environment and Development.

I teach on DEV-7042A Climate Change and Development 1: Science, Impacts and Adaptation (PG); DEV-4004B Natural Resources and Development: Principles and Concepts (UG); and DEV-5012A Natural Resouces and Development 2 (UG).

I supervise undergraduate and masters projects on a range of topics relating to marine and coastal resources, fisheries management and governance, and climate change vulnerability and adaptation.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment 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 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of East Anglia

Award Date: 1 Jan 2010

Master of Research, University of York

Award Date: 1 Jan 2005

Bachelor of Science, University of Leeds

Award Date: 1 Jan 2003

Network

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