School of Earth and Environment

Claire Quinn Dr Claire Quinn

Lecturer: Natural Resources Management and M&S NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow

Telephone number: +44(0) 113 34 38700
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Room: 10.105


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 (2010-2013) Adaptation and development: Pathways to a sustainable future (co-supervised with Lindsay Stringer, University of Leeds). ESRC (CCCEP) funded.

Rachel Berman (Submitted) 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.