School of Earth and Environment

Claire Quinn Dr Claire Quinn

Associate Professor: Natural Resources Management; M&S NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow

Telephone number: +44(0) 113 34 38700
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Room: 10.118


I am an environmental social scientist with over 15 years of experience working on interdisciplinary projects in Africa and the UK. My research interests are on the socio-ecological dimensions of environmental change in agricultural systems. Specifically my research focuses on livelihood vulnerability and adaptation to environmental change in agricultural communities and property rights in multi-resource systems and the implications for management.

I am currently the M&S NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow, working with Marks and Spencer to maximise the uptake of existing NERC-funded environmental science research relevant to business. I also work with the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy to link top-down and bottom-up approaches in climate change adaptation research in sub-Saharan Africa. I am also involved in the Yorkshire Dales Environment Network, funded by NERC. The aim of the network is to improve communication and collaboration between partners with academic, environmental, social, recreational and commercial interests in the Yorkshire Dales. In addition I am part of a consortium of researchers from across Europe investigating the prevention and remediation of degradation of soils through land care (RECARE). I am also a member of Africa College and Water at Leeds.


  • 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).


I am a member of the International Association for the Study of the Commons

Research Interests

  • Vulnerability, adaptation and decision-making in agricultural systems
  • Multi-resource systems/ecosystem services and property rights
  • Common Pool Resources, institutions and natural resource management.

Research students

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, University of Leeds). Botswana International University of Science & Technology funded.

Ben Wood (2013-2016) Climate finance project analysis and climate compatible development in Malawi (co-supervised with Andrew Dougill & Lindsay Stringer, University of Leeds). ESRC (CCCEP) funded.

Sonia Hoque (2013-2016) Understanding poverty through the lens of sustainable livelihoods and climate change vulnerability: a comparison of climatic hotspots in Bangladesh (co-supervised with Dabo Guan, University of Leeds). University of Leeds International Research Scholarship funded.

Joanes Atela (2011-2014) Impacts of integrated management in Kakamega Forest, Kenya, for climate change adaptation (co-supervised with Piers Forster, University of Leeds). University of Leeds International Research Scholarship funded.

Steven Orchard (Completed 2015) Adaptation and development: Pathways to a sustainable future (co-supervised with Lindsay Stringer, University of Leeds). ESRC (CCCEP) funded.

Rachel Berman (Completed 2014) Transforming climate change coping capacity into adaptive capacity in Uganda (co-supervised with Jouni Paavola, University of Leeds). ESRC funded.

Chloe Sutcliffe (Completed 2014) 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, 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, 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 currently on leave from teaching but I still give guest lectures on SOEE1110 and SOEE1381 and supervise UG and Masters dissertations.

Support duties

I am the biodiversity champion for campus, working with Estates to develop a University Biodiversity Action Plan, as well being a member of the School's Green Impact Team.


  • Berman RJ; Quinn CH; Paavola J (2015) Identifying drivers of household coping strategies to multiple climatic hazards in Western Uganda: implications for adapting to future climate change, Climate and Development, 7, pp.71-84. doi: 10.1080/17565529.2014.902355
  • Atela JO; Quinn CH; Minang PA (2014) Are REDD projects pro-poor in their spatial targeting? Evidence from Kenya, Applied Geography, 52, pp.14-24. doi: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2014.04.009
  • Reed MS; Fazey I; Stringer LC; Raymond CM; Akhtar-Schuster M; Begni G; Bigas H; Brehm S; Briggs J; Bryce R; Buckmaster S; Chanda R; Davies J; Diez E; Essahli W; Evely A; Geeson N; Hartmann I; Holden J; Hubacek K; Ioris AAR; Kruger B; Laureano P; Phillipson J; Prell C; Quinn CH; Reeves AD; Seely M; Thomas R; Ten Bosch MJVDW; Vergunst P; Wagner L (2013) KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT FOR LAND DEGRADATION MONITORING AND ASSESSMENT: AN ANALYSIS OF CONTEMPORARY THINKING, LAND DEGRADATION & DEVELOPMENT, 24, pp.307-322. doi: 10.1002/ldr.1124
  • Simelton E; Quinn CH; Batisani N; Dougill AJ; Dyer J; Fraser E; Mkwambisi D; Sallu SM; Stringer L (2013) Is rainfall really changing? Farmers" perceptions, meteorological data, and policy implications, Climate and Development, 5, pp.123-138. doi: 10.1080/17565529.2012.751893
  • Reed MS; Hubacek K; Bonn A; Burt TP; Holden J; Stringer LC; Beharry-Borg N; Buckmaster S; Chapman D; Chapman PJ; Clay GD; Cornell SJ; Dougill AJ; Evely AC; Fraser EDG; Jin N; Irvine BJ; Kirkby MJ; Kunin WE; Prell C; Quinn CH; Slee B; Stagl S; Termansen M; Thorp S; Worrall F (2013) Anticipating and managing future trade-offs and complementarities between ecosystem services, Ecology and Society, 18, . doi: 10.5751/ES-04924-180105
  • Kalaba FK; Quinn CH; Dougill AJ; Vinya R (2013) Floristic composition, species diversity and carbon storage in charcoal and agriculture fallows and management implications in Miombo woodlands of Zambia, Forest Ecology and Management, 304, pp.99-109. doi: 10.1016/j.foreco.2013.04.024
  • Reed MS; Kenter J; Bonn A; Broad K; Burt TP; Fazey IR; Fraser EDG; Hubacek K; Nainggolan D; Quinn CH; Stringer LC; Ravera F (2013) Participatory scenario development for environmental management: A methodological framework illustrated with experience from the UK uplands, Journal of Environmental Management, 128, pp.345-362. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2013.05.016
  • Kalaba FK; Quinn CH; Dougill AJ (2013) Contribution of forest provisioning ecosystem services to rural livelihoods in the Miombo woodlands of Zambia, Population and Environment, pp.1-24. doi: 10.1007/s11111-013-0189-5
  • Kanchanaroek Y; Termansen M; Quinn C (2013) Property rights regimes in complex fishery management systems: A choice experiment application, Ecological Economics, 93, pp.363-373. doi: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2013.05.014
  • Dicks LV; Bardgett BD; Bell J; Benton TG; Booth A; Bouwman J; Brown C; Bruce A; Burgess PJ; Butler SJ; Crute I; Dixon F; Drummond C; Freckleton RP; Gill M; Graham A; Hails RS; Hallett J; Hart B; Hillier JG; Holland JM; Huxley JN; Ingram JSI; King V; MacMillan T; McGonigle DF; McQuaid C; Nevard T; Norman S; Norris K; Pazderka C; Poonaji I; Quinn CH; Ramsden SJ; Sinclair D; Siriwardena GM; Vickery JA; Whitmore AP; Wolmer W; Sutherland WJ (2013) What do we need to know to enhance the environmental sustainability of agricultural production? A prioritisation of knowledge needs for the UK food system, Sustainability (Switzerland), 5, pp.3095-3115. doi: 10.3390/su5073095
  • Kalaba FK; Quinn CH; Dougill AJ (2013) The role of forest provisioning ecosystem services in coping with household stresses and shocks in Miombo woodlands, Zambia, Ecosystem Services, . doi: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2013.07.008
  • Kalaba FK; Quinn CH; Dougill AJ (2013) Policy coherence and interplay between Zambia's forest, energy, agricultural and climate change policies and multilateral environmental agreements, International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, pp.1-18. doi: 10.1007/s10784-013-9236-z
  • Berman R; Quinn C; Paavola J (2012) The role of institutions in the transformation of coping capacity to sustainable adaptive capacity, Environmental Development, 2, pp.86-100. doi: 10.1016/j.envdev.2012.03.017
  • Twyman C; Fraser EDG; Stringer LC; Quinn C; Dougill AJ; Ravera F; Crane TA; Sallu SM (2011) Climate Science, Development Practice, and Policy Interactions in Dryland Agroecological Systems, ECOL SOC, 16, . doi: 10.5751/ES-04261-160314
  • Quinn CH; Ziervogel G; Taylor A; Takama T; Thomalla F (2011) Coping with multiple stresses in rural South Africa, Ecology and Society, 16, pp.10-10.
  • Fraser EDG; Dougill AJ; Hubacek K; Quinn CH; Sendzimir J; Termansen M (2011) Assessing Vulnerability to Climate Change in Dryland Livelihood Systems: Conceptual Challenges and Interdisciplinary Solutions, ECOLOGY AND SOCIETY, 16, . doi: 10.5751/ES-03402-160303
  • Whitfield S; Reed MS; Thomson K; Christie ME; Stringer LC; Quinn CH; Anderson AR; Moxey A; Hubacek K (2011) K Managing peatland ecosystem services: current UK policy and future challenges in a changing world, Scottish Geographical Journal, 127, pp.209-230. doi: 10.1080/14702541.2011.616864
  • Quinn C; Ockwell D (2010) The link between ecological and social paradigms and the sustainability of environmental management: a case study of semi-arid Tanzania, In: Lovett JC; Ockwell D (Ed) Handbook for Environmental Management, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, pp.282-308.
  • Holden J; REED M; HUBACEK K; WORRALL F; BEHARRY-BORG N; BURT T; CHAPMAN P; DOUGILL A; FRASER E; IRVINE B; JIN N; KIRKBY M; PRELL C; QUINN C; TERMANSEN M; BUCKMASTER S (2010) Sustainable uplands for sustainable lowlands., In: ATHERDEN M; BLOOMER A; WALLACE V (Ed) Yorkshire’s green and healthy land? Connecting urban and rural greenspace., PLACE, pp.22-30.
  • Quinn CH; Fraser EDG; Hubacek K; Reed MS (2010) Property rights in UK uplands and the implications for policy and management, ECOL ECON, 69, pp.1355-1363. doi: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2010.02.006
  • Chapman DS; Termansen M; Quinn CH; Jin NL; Bonn A; Cornell SJ; Fraser EDG; Hubacek K; Kunin WE; Reed MS (2009) Modelling the coupled dynamics of moorland management and upland vegetation, J APPL ECOL, 46, pp.278-288. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2009.01618.x
  • Reed MS; Graves A; Dandy N; Posthumus H; Hubacek K; Morris J; Prell C; Quinn CH; Stringer LC (2009) Who's in and why? A typology of stakeholder analysis methods for natural resource management, J ENVIRON MANAGE, 90, pp.1933-1949. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2009.01.001
  • Reed MS; Bonn A; Slee W; Beharry-Borg N; Birch J; Brown I; Burt TP; Chapman D; Chapman PJ; Clay GD; Cornell SJ; Fraser EDG; Glass JH; Holden J; Hodgson JA; Hubacek K; Irvine B; Jin N; Kirkby MJ; Kunin WE; Moore O; Moseley D; Prell C; Price MF; Quinn CH; Redpath S; Reid C; Stagl S; Stringer LC; Termansen M; Thorp S; Towers W; Worrall F (2009) The future of the uplands, LAND USE POLICY, 26, pp.S204-S216. doi: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2009.09.013
  • Reed MS; Arblaster K; Bullock C; Burton RJF; Davies AL; Holden J; Hubacek K; May R; Mitchley J; Morris J; Nainggolan D; Potter C; Quinn CH; Swales V; Thorp S (2009) Using scenarios to explore UK upland futures, FUTURES, 41, pp.619-630. doi: 10.1016/j.futures.2009.04.007
  • Suckall N; Fraser ED; Cooper T; Quinn C (2009) Visitor perceptions of rural landscapes: a case study in the Peak District National Park, England., J Environ Manage, 90, pp.1195-1203. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2008.06.003
  • Suckall N; Fraser E; Cooper T; Quinn C (2008) How class shapes perceptions of nature: Implications for managing visitor perceptions in upland UK., In: Bonn A; Hubacek K; Stewart J; Allot T (Ed) Drivers of Change in Upland Environments, Routledge, pp.393-403.
  • Prell C; Hubacek K; Quinn C; Reed M (2008) 'Who's in the Network?' When Stakeholders Influence Data Analysis, SYST PRACT ACT RES, 21, pp.443-458. doi: 10.1007/s11213-008-9105-9
  • Prell C; Hubacek K; Reed M; Quinn C; Jin N; Holden J; Burt T; Kirby M; Sendzimir J (2007) If you have a hammer everything looks like a nail: traditional versus participatory model building, INTERDISCIPL SCI REV, 32, pp.263-282.
  • Quinn CH; Huby M; Kiwasila H; Lovett JC (2007) Design principles and common pool resource management: An institutional approach to evaluating community management in semi-arid Tanzania, J ENVIRON MANAGE, 84, pp.100-113. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2006.05.008
  • Lovett JC; Quinn CH; Ockwell DG; Gregorowski R (2006) Two cultures and tragedy of the commons, African Journal of Ecology, 44, pp.1-5. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2028.2006.00621.x
  • Quinn CH; Ndangalasi HJ; Gerstle J; Lovett JC (2005) Effect of the Lower Kihansi Hydropower Project and post-project mitigation measures on wetland vegetation in Kihansi Gorge, Tanzania, Biodiversity and Conservation, 14, pp.297-308. doi: 10.1007/s10531-004-5048-3
  • Quinn CH; Huby M; Kiwasila H; Lovett JC (2003) Local perceptions of risk to livelihood in semi-arid Tanzania, Journal of Environmental Management, 68, pp.111-119.
  • Churchfield S; Barber J; Quinn CH (2000) A new survey method for Water Shrews (Neomys fodiens) using baited tubes, Mammal Review, 30, pp.249-254. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2907.2000.00074.x