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Dr Claire Kelly
Senior Research Fellow AB
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
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
- September 2018 - PI on GCRF with Plymouth University internal competition-funded project 'Ardhi na Kujifunza (Land and Learning): Building a sustainable future on the Jali Ardhi legacy. £73,765 over 15 months.
- May 2018 - Researcher-I on RCUK Newton-CONICYT (Chile) funded project 'Making soil erosion understandable and governable at the basin scale for food, water and hydropower sustainability in Latin America'.
- 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 highlightedJournals
IMIXSED Project: www.plymouth.ac.uk/schools/school-of-geography-earth-and-environmental-sciences/imixsed-project