Personal profile

Academic Background

I am a PhD researcher in the Centre for Social and Economic Research of the Global Environment (CSERGE) and the Science, Social and Sustainability (3S) research group. I have spent four years of study in the field of environmental science, exploring my research interests in climate change adaptation. I have developed a particular interest in nature-based solutions (NBS) and their application to address societal challenges in an increasingly warming world. My research so far has focused on natural flood management (NFM), a type of NBS, where I have explored challenges to its uptake among the current UK flood management agenda.

NFM represents a different approach from working against water (e.g. installing flood defences) to working with water (e.g. restoring floodplains). The wide uptake of NFM would lead to visual changes in our landscape and potentially challenge public attitudes towards risk. Therefore, I aim to scope and quantify the views and attitudes of the general public to the wider implementation of NFM in the UK. I apply theory and practice from natural science, social science and environmental economics. This interdisciplinary approach will allow me to capture the economics of NFM and public perceptions of risk and preferences for these measures within UK river catchments. Project contributions will support Agri-environmental industries to deliver NFM with minimal public opposition, help shape new environmental policies, and ensure societal values are kept at the core of risk management decision-making. 

Prior to starting my PhD, I worked as a research assistant with the Integrated Catchment Solutions Programme at the University of Leeds. I have worked on projects which aim to translate existing environmental science to address complex catchment challenges in Yorkshire, including flooding, drought and water quality issues. In November 2020, I graduated from the University of Leeds with a MSc in Climate Change and Environmental Policy. I also hold a First Class Degree in Geography from Newcastle University. 

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 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Master in Science, University of Leeds

23 Sep 201919 Nov 2020

Award Date: 19 Nov 2020

Bachelor of Science, Newcastle University

28 Sep 201516 Jun 2018

Award Date: 27 Jun 2018