Dr Claire Kelly
Senior Research Fellow
School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)
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
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
Claire holds 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.
Claire is a Senior Research Fellow, leading and collaborating on a range of interdisciplinary research 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
- 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
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