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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.


  • 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.

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


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