Dr Claire Kelly

Dr Claire Kelly

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

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


Research Fellow
Associate Lecturer


BSc (Hons) Environmental Science, First Class Honours (Open University)

MRes Sustainable Environmental Management (University of Plymouth)

PhD Geography (University of Plymouth). Thesis title: Partnerships in the development and management of marine nature-based tourism: An analysis of effectiveness

Research interests

Research Interests

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

Claire currently works as a Research Fellow on a range of human geography-based projects in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, where she is also a member of the Centre for Research in Environment and Society (CeRES). As a social scientist and a geographer, Claire’s research interests focus on people and their relationships to place across a range of contexts. Specifically, her interests span social capital, resilience, stakeholder engagement and partnership working, governance and participation, and qualitative research method development. Claire has taught on a range of modules at undergraduate and Masters levels, including research skills and methods, environmental management and field work.   

Outside of academia, Claire has extensive experience of engagement at community level; working with Beaford Arts to design and support the delivery of the oral history component of the Hidden Histories project; as a Project Officer for an EU-funded LEADER II rural development programme, and as a long-term volunteer in her own rural community.  

Grants and Contracts

  • November 2016 - Named Research Fellow on a GCRF-funded project to examine socio-ecological resilience to soil erosion in the East African region.
  • July 2015 – Named Post-Doctoral Researcher on the IMIXSED Project; funded through the HORIZON 2020 RISE (Research and Innovation Staff Exchange) programme, this project brings together EU, North American and African scientists to deliver a powerful tool for sediment management.
  • April 2015 – Named Post-Doctoral Researcher on the BIOSMART project; funded by the Norwegian Research Council, this project promotes a ‘smart’(integrated, human-capital based, and wise) bioeconomic transition across Norway.
  • June 2008 – Travel Grant awarded by the Rural Geography Research Group (RGS) to attend the 3rd Anglo-German Rural Geographers Meeting. Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Germany, 27-29 June 2008.
  • Oct. 2005 - School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences PhD scholarship (Plymouth University).
  • Oct. 2000 - School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Science MRes studentship (Plymouth University).

Key publications are highlighted

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 PEARL
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 PEARL
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 PEARL
Wilson GA, Quaranta G, Kelly CL, Salvia R & Harmer N 2015 'Community resilience, land degradation and lock-in effects: evidence from the Alento region, Italy' Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 59, (3) 518-537 Author Site , DOI PEARL
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 PEARL
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 PEARL
Kelly CL, Ferrara A, Wilson GA, Ripullone F, Nolè A, Harmer N & Salvati L 2015 'Community resilience and land degradation in forest and shrublandsocio-ecological systems: Evidence from Gorgoglione, Basilicata, Italy' Land Use Policy 46, 11-20 Publisher Site , DOI PEARL
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 PEARL
Kelly C 2012 'Measuring the performance of partnerships: Why, what, how, when?' Geography Compass 6, (3) 149-162 PEARL
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
Romano TA, Keogh MJ, Kelly C, Feng P, Berk L, Schlundt CE, Carder DA & Finneran JJ 2004 'Anthropogenic sound and marine mammal health: measures of the nervous and immune systems before and after intense sound exposure' Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 61, (7) 1124-1134 , DOI
Kelly C, Glegg GA & Speedie CD 2004 'Management of marine wildlife disturbance' OCEAN & COASTAL MANAGEMENT 47, (1-2) 1-19 Author Site , DOI PEARL


IMIXSED Project: www.plymouth.ac.uk/schools/school-of-geography-earth-and-environmental-sciences/imixsed-project

BIOSMART Project: biosmart.no/en/

Here to Stay Project: www.migrantyouth.org