Dr Claire Kelly
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Dr Claire Kelly

Senior Research Fellow

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)

Biography

Biography

  • Lecturer in Quality Management and Research - Peninsula Medical School
  • Senior Research Fellow - School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Qualifications

  • 1999 BSc (Hons) Environmental Science, First Class Honours (Open University)
  • 2002 MRes Sustainable Environmental Management (University of Plymouth)
  • 2009 PhD Geography (University of Plymouth). Thesis title: Partnerships in the development and management of marine nature-based tourism: An analysis of effectiveness.

Professional membership

Fellow of Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)

Roles on external bodies

  • Adjunct Faculty Member, Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST), Arusha, Tanzania
  • Trustee, Beaford Arts

Key publications

Kelly C, Wynants M, Munishi LK, Nasseri M, Patrick A, Mtei KM, Mkilema F, Rabinovich A, Gilvear D & Wilson G (2020) '‘Mind the Gap’: Reconnecting Local Actions and Multi-Level Policies to Bridge the Governance Gap. An Example of Soil Erosion Action from East Africa' Land 9, (10) 352-352 , DOI Open access
Blake WH, Rabinovich A, Wynants M, Kelly C, Nasseri M, Ngondya I, Patrick A, Mtei K, Munishi L & Boeckx P (2018) 'Soil erosion in East Africa: an interdisciplinary approach to realising pastoral land management change' Environmental Research Letters 13, (12) 0-0 Author Site , DOI Open access
Wilson GA, Quaranta G, Kelly CL, Salvia R & Harmer N (2015) 'Community resilience, land degradation and endogenous lock-in effects: evidence from the Alento region, Campania, Italy' Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 59, (3) 518-537 Author Site , DOI Open access
Kelly CL, Ferrara A, Wilson GA, Ripullone F, Nolè A, Harmer N & Salvati L (2015) 'Community resilience and land degradation in forest and shrubland socio-ecological systems: Evidence from Gorgoglione, Basilicata, Italy' Land Use Policy 46, 11-20 Publisher Site , DOI Open access
Kelly C, Wynants M, Patrick A, Taylor A, Mkilema F, Nasseri M, Lewin S, Munishi L, Mtei K & Ndakidemi P (2022) 'Soils, Science and Community ActioN (SoilSCAN): A citizen science tool to empower community-led land management change in East Africa' Environmental Research Letters 17, , DOI Open access
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Teaching

Teaching

Teaching interests

  • Personal Tutor
  • Social Science research methods
Research

Research

Research interests

I hold a Master of Research Degree (MRes) in Sustainable Environmental Management and a Doctorate (PhD) in Geography, focusing on the effectiveness of public/private sector partnerships within the complex and fragmented policy environment of the coastal zone.

I am a senior member of staff, leading and collaborating on a range of interdisciplinary research and evaluation projects in the Peninsula Medical School (Quality Excellence Unit) and the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences. As a social scientist, my research interests focus on people, their experiences and their relationships to place across a range of contexts. Specifically, my interests span resilience; co-design for sustainable solutions to complex challenges; partnership working, governance and participation. I also have an interest in qualitative research method development. 

Outside of academia, I have extensive experience of volunteering and engagement at community and regional levels; as a Trustee, and Archive Steering Group Member at Beaford Arts; and as a volunteer in my home community.  

Grants & contracts

2022 - Arts Council England: Earth, Water, Fire! Exploring climate change science with rural North Devon communities, creating a performance storytelling piece. £28,000 

2022 - SEI Small Collaborative Awards (Co-I): Mapping Treescapes Narratives. £3,000

2020 - BBSRC GCRF Translation Awards (Res-I): Integrated community-driven engagement for sustainable enhancement of food production in East Africa: the Jali Ardhi project. £252,581.15

2020 - GCRF with Plymouth University (Co-I): Water security in the agricultural landscapes of Turkey: towards improving the resilience of communities and socio-ecological systems. £59,242.

2020 - GCRF with Plymouth University (Co-I): Nuestro Rio (our river): Local perspectives on water quality in the Rio Santa, Peru. £55,526.

2020 - RGS Environment and Society Scheme (Co-I): Improving socio-ecological resilience to wildfire in the UK via community engagement and integration of deep-time ecological data into landscape management. £14,943

2019 - BBSRC Citizen Science Exploration Grant call (Co-I): SoilSCAN: Soils, Science and Community ActioN. £19,248.02

2018 - GCRF with Plymouth University (PI): 'Ardhi na Kujifunza (Land and Learning): Building a sustainable future on the Jali Ardhi legacy. £73,765.

2018 - RCUK Newton-CONICYT (Res-I): 'Making soil erosion understandable and governable at the basin scale for food, water and hydropower sustainability in Latin America'. £405,509.

2017 - NERC GCRF (RF): Jali Ardhi II: Realising land management change in degraded Maasai grazing lands. £101,243

2016 - NERC GCRF (RF): Jali Ardhi: Socio-ecological resilience to soil erosion driven by extreme climatic events: past, present and future challenges in East Africa. £168,640.


Publications

Publications

Key publications

Kelly C, Wynants M, Munishi LK, Nasseri M, Patrick A, Mtei KM, Mkilema F, Rabinovich A, Gilvear D & Wilson G (2020) '‘Mind the Gap’: Reconnecting Local Actions and Multi-Level Policies to Bridge the Governance Gap. An Example of Soil Erosion Action from East Africa' Land 9, (10) 352-352 , DOI Open access
Blake WH, Rabinovich A, Wynants M, Kelly C, Nasseri M, Ngondya I, Patrick A, Mtei K, Munishi L & Boeckx P (2018) 'Soil erosion in East Africa: an interdisciplinary approach to realising pastoral land management change' Environmental Research Letters 13, (12) 0-0 Author Site , DOI Open access
Wilson GA, Quaranta G, Kelly CL, Salvia R & Harmer N (2015) 'Community resilience, land degradation and endogenous lock-in effects: evidence from the Alento region, Campania, Italy' Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 59, (3) 518-537 Author Site , DOI Open access
Kelly CL, Ferrara A, Wilson GA, Ripullone F, Nolè A, Harmer N & Salvati L (2015) 'Community resilience and land degradation in forest and shrubland socio-ecological systems: Evidence from Gorgoglione, Basilicata, Italy' Land Use Policy 46, 11-20 Publisher Site , DOI Open access
Kelly C, Wynants M, Patrick A, Taylor A, Mkilema F, Nasseri M, Lewin S, Munishi L, Mtei K & Ndakidemi P (2022) 'Soils, Science and Community ActioN (SoilSCAN): A citizen science tool to empower community-led land management change in East Africa' Environmental Research Letters 17, , DOI Open access

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Kelly C, Wynants M, Patrick A, Taylor A, Mkilema F, Nasseri M, Lewin S, Munishi L, Mtei K & Ndakidemi P (2022) 'Soils, Science and Community ActioN (SoilSCAN): A citizen science tool to empower community-led land management change in East Africa' Environmental Research Letters 17, , DOI Open access
Taylor A, Wynants M, Munishi L, Kelly C, Mtei K, Mkilema F, Ndakidemi P, Nasseri M, Kalnins A & Patrick A (2021) 'Building Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience through Soil Organic Carbon Restoration in Sub-Saharan Rural Communities: Challenges and Opportunities' Sustainability 13, (19) 10966-10966 , DOI Open access
Yarwood R, Tyrrell N & Kelly C (2021) 'Children, military families and soldier citizenship' Geoforum 126, 253-262 , DOI Open access
Díaz-Rodríguez AM, Kelly C, del Valle A, Bravo-Linares C, Blake W, Velasco H, Meigikos dos Anjos R, Barrera-Hernández LF & de los Santos-Villalobos S (2021) 'Exploring Relationship between Perception Indicators and Mitigation Behaviors of Soil Erosion in Undergraduate Students in Sonora, Mexico' Sustainability 13, (16) 9282-9282 , DOI Open access
Blake WH, Kelly C, Wynants M, Patrick A, Lewin S, Lawson J, Nasolwa E, Page A, Nasseri M & Marks C (2020) 'Integrating land‐water‐people connectivity concepts across disciplines for co‐design of soil erosion solutions' Land Degradation & Development 32, (12) 3415-3430 , DOI Open access
Kelly C, Wynants M, Munishi LK, Nasseri M, Patrick A, Mtei KM, Mkilema F, Rabinovich A, Gilvear D & Wilson G (2020) '‘Mind the Gap’: Reconnecting Local Actions and Multi-Level Policies to Bridge the Governance Gap. An Example of Soil Erosion Action from East Africa' Land 9, (10) 352-352 , DOI Open access
Salvia, Kelly, Wilson & Quaranta (2019) 'A Longitudinal Approach to Examining the Socio-Economic Resilience of the Alento District (Italy) to Land Degradation—1950 to Present' Sustainability 11, (23) 6762-6762 , DOI Open access
Rabinovich A, Kelly C, Wilson G, Nasseri M, Ngondya I, Patrick A, Blake WH, Mtei K, Munishi L & Ndakidemi P (2019) '“We will change whether we want it or not”: Soil erosion in Maasai land as a social dilemma and a challenge to community resilience' Journal of Environmental Psychology 101365-101365 , DOI Open access
Wynants M, Kelly C, Mtei K, Munishi L, Patrick A, Rabinovich A, Nasseri M, Gilvear D, Roberts CN & Boeckx P (2019) 'Drivers of increased soil erosion in East Africa’s agro-pastoral systems: changing interactions between the social, economic and natural domains' Regional Environmental Change , DOI Open access
Blake WH, Rabinovich A, Wynants M, Kelly C, Nasseri M, Ngondya I, Patrick A, Mtei K, Munishi L & Boeckx P (2018) 'Soil erosion in East Africa: an interdisciplinary approach to realising pastoral land management change' Environmental Research Letters 13, (12) 0-0 Author Site , DOI Open access
Tyrrell N, Sime D, Kelly C & McMellon C (2018) 'Belonging in Brexit Britain: Central and Eastern European 1.5 generation young people's experiences' Population, Space and Place 25, (1) Author Site , DOI Open access
Kelly C & Yarwood RB (2018) 'From rural citizenship to the rural citizen: Farming, dementia and networks of care' Journal of Rural Studies , DOI Open access
Wilson GA, Kelly CL, Briassoulis H, Ferrara A, Quaranta G, Salvia R, Detsis V, Curfs M, Cerda A & El-Aich A (2017) 'Social Memory and the Resilience of Communities Affected by Land Degradation' Land Degradation & Development 28, (2) 383-400 , DOI Open access
Salvati L, Kosmas C, Kairis O, Karavitis C, Acikalin S, Belgacem A, Solé-Benet A, Chaker M, Fassouli V & Gokceoglu C (2016) 'Assessing the effectiveness of sustainable land management policies for combating desertification: A data mining approach' Journal of environmental management Open access
Ferrara A, Kelly C, Wilson GA, Nolè A, Mancino G, Bajocco S & Salvati L (2016) 'Shaping the role of 'fast' and 'slow' drivers of change in forest-shrubland socio-ecological systems' Journal of Environmental Management 169, 155-166 , DOI Open access
Wilson GA, Quaranta G, Kelly CL, Salvia R & Harmer N (2015) 'Community resilience, land degradation and endogenous lock-in effects: evidence from the Alento region, Campania, Italy' Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 59, (3) 518-537 Author Site , DOI Open access
Yarwood R, Sidaway JD, Kelly CL & Stillwell S (2015) 'Sustainable deathstyles? The geography of green burials in Britain' The Geographical Journal 181, 172-184 , DOI Open access
Kelly CL, Ferrara A, Wilson GA, Ripullone F, Nolè A, Harmer N & Salvati L (2015) 'Community resilience and land degradation in forest and shrubland socio-ecological systems: Evidence from Gorgoglione, Basilicata, Italy' Land Use Policy 46, 11-20 Publisher Site , DOI Open access
Salvati L, Ferrara A, Mancino G, Kelly CL, Chianucci F & Corona P (2015) 'A Multidimensional statistical framework to explore seasonal profile, severity and land-use preferences of wildfires in a Mediterranean country' International Forestry Review Open access
Kelly C, Essex S & Glegg G (2012) 'Reflective practice for marine planning: A case study of marine nature-based tourism partnerships' Marine Policy 36, (3) 769-781 Open access
Kelly C (2012) 'Measuring the performance of partnerships: Why, what, how, when?' Geography Compass 6, (3) 149-162 Open access
Savage VR, Reid CC, Kelly C & Blair A (2008) 'Reviews: Frontiers: Histories of Civil Society and Nature, A Right to Housing: Foundation for a New Social Agenda, Stakeholder Dialogues in Natural Resources Management: Theory and Practice, the Coordination of the European Union: Exploring the Capacities of Networked Governance' 26, (2) 471-476
Kelling C (2008) 'Stakeholder dialogues in natural resources management: theory and practice' ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING C-GOVERNMENT AND POLICY 26, (2) 474-475 Author Site
Kelly C, Glegg GA & Speedie CD (2004) 'Management of marine wildlife disturbance' OCEAN & COASTAL MANAGEMENT 47, (1-2) 1-19 Author Site , DOI Open access
Chapters
Kelly C, Cowburn M & McCormack S (2022) 'The people between the Moors: community and continuity in a changing world' in Winter M; Wilkinson T; Lobley M; Fish R The Land Between the Moors: Essays in Culture, Environment and Agricultural Change Devon Beaford 271-294 Open access
Warren M, Kelly C & Nicol L (2022) 'The photographs of James Ravilious: the archive as evidence in documenting rural life and work' in Winter M; Wilkinson T; Lobley M; Fish R The land between the moors: essays in culture, environment and agricultural change Devon Beaford 297-323
Conference Papers
Yarwood R, Tyrrell N & Kelly CL (2015) 'Young People, Military Families and Citizenship: War Babies or Heroic Citizens?' Royal Geographical Society/Institute of British Geographers Annual Conference. Geographies of the Anthropocene University of Exeter 9-/-0/20159-/-0/2015
Kizos T, Kelly CL, Detsis V & Metaxakis M (2014) 'Competing Landscape Visions: Stakeholders' Perceptions and the Future of the Landscape of Messara and Asterousia, Greece' Permanent European Conference on the Study of the Rural Landscape: ‘Unravelling the Logics of Landscape’ Gothenburg and Mariestad, Sweden 9-/-0/20149-/-0/2014
Kelly CL, Ferrara A, Wilson GA, Ripullone F, Nolè A, Harmer N & Salvati L (2013) 'Community resilience and land degradation in Gorgoglione, Basilicata (Italy). Paper presented at the , 27 – 30 August 2013' Royal Geographical Society/Institute of British Geographers Annual International Conference London 8-/-0/20138-/-0/2013
Wilson GA, Quaranta G, Kelly CL, Salvia R & Harmer N (2013) 'Community resilience, land degradation and lock-in effects: evidence from the Alento region, Campania, Italy' Royal Geographical Society/Institute of British Geographers Annual International Conference,. London 8-/-0/20138-/-0/2013
Kelly CL, Wilson GA & Kelly CL (2011) 'Community Resilience and Land Degradation: Evidence from the EU LEDDRA Project. Paper presented at the , 31 August – 2 September 2011' Royal Geographical Society/Institute of British Geographers Annual International Conference London 8-/-0/20119-/-0/2011
Presentations and posters
Kelly C & Brooker I Kelly C & Brooker I ''Recoupling' People and Parks' Open access
Kelly C, Essex S & Glegg G Kelly C, Essex S & Glegg G 'The case for reflective practice in marine planning'
Blake W, Kelly C, Taylor A, Nasseri M, Wynants M, Patrick A, Mkilema F, Munishi L, Mtei K & Ndakidemi P Blake W, Kelly C, Taylor A, Nasseri M, Wynants M, Patrick A, Mkilema F, Munishi L, Mtei K & Ndakidemi P 'Soils, Science and Community ActioN (SoilSCAN) to reduce land degradation in East Africa' , DOI
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