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.

Current research projects

  • Future proofing Caribbean fisheries from hurricane impacts: linking fisheries resilience and diaster risk management in Dominica (GCRF funded, 2019 - ongoing)
  • Commonwealth Marine Economies Programme (Blue Ltd Consultancy) Maritime Economy Plans for 17 Commonwealth Countries (FCO funded, 2018 - ongoing)
  • Feasibility of afforestation and biomass energy with carbon capture storage for greenhouse gas removal (NERC-EPSRC-ESRC funded, 2017 - ongoing)

Past research projects

  • 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)

Research Group Membership

Research, policy and industry networks

Tyndall Centre; Global Environmental Justice Research Group; Water Security Research CentreINOGOV; Climatic Research Unit; CEFAS; CCSUSMarine Knowledge Exchange Network (MKEN); Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology; Fisheries Society of the British Isles.

Professional memberships

Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and member of the RGS Coastal and Marine Research Group. Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Director of Social-Ecological Interactions for the Marine Knowledge Exchange Network, and Theme Co-Leader for 'Building Up Resilience' (Tyndall Centre).


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