School of Earth and Environment

Claire Quinn Dr Claire Quinn

Associate Professor: Natural Resources Management; Deputy Director of Research (Excellence)

Telephone number: +44(0) 113 34 38700
Email address: c.h.quinn@leeds.ac.uk
Room: 9.107

Affiliation: Sustainability Research Institute

Biography

I am an environmental social scientist with over 20 years of experience working on interdisciplinary projects in Africa, Europe and Asia. My research advances understanding of social-ecological systems focusing on: 1) smallholder livelihood vulnerability, adaptation and resilience; and 2) knowledge and governance for climate smart agriculture. I am interdisciplinary in my approach, drawing on theories and methods from both the natural and social sciences. My research has improved our understanding of the role natural resources in smallholder livelihoods, of institutions in shaping livelihoods and adaptation to climate change, and has advanced practice in stakeholder engagement and knowledge exchange.

My current projects:

  • Theme Lead - building policy and practice capacity for translating evidence into pathways for SDG-compliant agri-food systems; GCRF-AFRICAP
  • Principle investigator - Harnessing multiple benefits from resilient mangrove systems; Newton South East Asia Partnership Programme (ESRC)
  • Principle investigator - Agricultural innovation through fish-crop systems in the MENA region; British Council Institutional Links Programme
  • Co-investigator - Reducing the risk of the introduction and spread of Invasive Non Native Species to and within the river catchments of Yorkshire and across GB; NERC Innovation Grant
  • Co-investigator - linking top-down and bottom-up approaches in climate change adaptation research in sub-Saharan Africa; ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy
  • Co-investigator - Participatory model development for evaluation of remediation options; EU FP7 RECARE

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences: Ecology specialism (Kings College, London)
  • MRes Ecology and Environmental Management (University of York)
  • PhD Social Policy and Environmental Management (University of York).

Memberships/Fellowships

I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research Interests

  • Sustainable livelihoods, vulnerability and adaptation in agricultural systems
  • Governance and institutions for multi-functional landscapes/ecosystem services
  • Water-Energy-Food nexus
  • Mangrove socio-ecological systems

Research students

Dario Zambrano Cortes (2017-2020) Is Colombia on the right track? Progress of REDD+ policymaking and implementation in Colombia (co-supervised with Monica di Gregorio, SRI, University of Leeds).

Jonas Cromwell (2016-2020) Food Waste and Recovery in Food Supply Chain in Tanzania: From Global Supply Chain to Local Food Systems (co-supervised with Stephen Whitfield, SRI, University of Leeds and Megan Blake, Geography, University of Sheffield). ESRC WRDTP funded (3+1).

Gabriel Lopez Porras (2016-2019) Assessing water governance in Mexico’s semi-arid grassland systems, with a view to identifying entry points for improving resilience (co-supervised with Lindsay Stringer, SRI, University of Leeds).

Stephanie Bradbeer (2016-2019) Better Biosecurity to Slow the Spread of Invasive Non Native Species (co-supervised with Alison Dunn, School of Biology, University of Leeds). NERC-CASE funded.

Caitriona Shannon (2015-2018) Slowing the spread of invasive alien species: biosecurity best practice and stakeholder engagement (co-supervised with Alison Dunn, School of Biology, University of Leeds). NERC funded.

Vincent Basupi (2014-2017) Privatisation of communal lands: Challenges and prospects for sustainable land and environmental management in the lower Okavango Delta areas, Botswana (co-supervised with Andrew Dougill, SRI, University of Leeds). Botswana International University of Science & Technology funded.

Ben Wood (completed 2016) Socially just triple-wins? An evaluation of projects that pursue climate compatible development goals in Malawi (co-supervised with Andrew Dougill & Lindsay Stringer, University of Leeds). ESRC (CCCEP) funded.

Sonia Hoque (completed 2016) Understanding poverty through the lens of sustainable livelihoods and climate change vulnerability: a comparison of climatic hotspots in Bangladesh (co-supervised with Susannah Sallu, SRI, University of Leeds). University of Leeds International Research Scholarship funded.

Joanes Atela (Completed 2015) REDD+ institutional design and implementation within local socioeconomic settings: evidence from Kenya (co-supervised with Piers Forster, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds). University of Leeds International Research Scholarship funded.

Steven Orchard (Completed 2015) Exploring adaptive capacity in mangrove social-ecological systems of rural Vietnam (co-supervised with Lindsay Stringer, SRI, University of Leeds). ESRC (CCCEP) funded.

Rachel Berman (Completed 2015) Developing climate change coping capacity into adaptive capacity in Uganda (co-supervised with Jouni Paavola, SRI, University of Leeds). ESRC funded.

Chloe Sutcliffe (Completed 2015) Cultivar adoption as a strategy for adapting to climate change: maize variety selection and cultivation amongst small-scale farmers in Malawi (co-supervised with Andrew Dougill, SRI, University of Leeds). ESRC (CCCEP) funded.

Felix Kalaba (Completed 2014) Forest ecosystem services, rural livelihoods and carbon storage in Miombo woodland in the Copperbelt region of Zambia (co-supervised with Andrew Dougill, SRI, University of Leeds). Commonwealth Scholarship funded.

Yingluk Kanchanaroek (Completed 2014) Property Rights Regimes in Complex Fishery Management in Tonle Sap: Combining Choice Experiments and Agent-Based Simulations (co-supervised with Mette Termensen, Aarhus University, Denmark). Thammasat University and EEPSEA (Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia) funded.

Teaching Interests

I am the module leader for SOEE1180 Environment and Ecology. I also give lectures on a range of other modules and supervise both Undergraduate and Masters Dissertations.

Support duties

I am Deputy Director for Research in the School.

Publications