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
Email address: c.h.quinn@leeds.ac.uk
Room: 10.118

Biography

I am an environmental social scientist with over 15 years of experience working on interdisciplinary projects in Africa, the UK and increasingly in Asia and South America. My research interests lie at the interface between social and agricultural dimensions of environmental change and sustainability. Specifically my focus is on the livelihoods, vulnerability and adaptive capacity of farmers, and their relationships with governance, ecosystem services and landscapes, and supply chains.

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).

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
  • Bayesian Belief Networks

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 2015) Transforming climate change coping capacity into adaptive capacity in Uganda (co-supervised with Jouni Paavola, 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, 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 the module leader for SOEE2690 Managing Biodiversity and contribute to teaching and assessment on 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 leader of the Environment and Development Research Group, a group of researchers with expertise across the natural and social sciences, working on issues relating to conservation, adaptation, governance, sustainable land management and development, with a particular focus on drylands and forests.

I am also the biodiversity champion for campus, working with Estates to develop a University Biodiversity Action Plan.

Publications