My name is Dr Leslie Mabon, and I am a Lecturer in Environmental Systems at the Open University. Before that I had a lecturing positions at the Scottish Association for Marine Science-University of the Highlands and Islands and Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, and prior to that did postdoctoral research at the University of Edinburgh.
The big question I’m interested in is: whose knowledge counts – and why – within governance and policy for environmental issues? I explore these issues through three sub-areas of research:
(a) risk, environmental infrastructure and the coastal and marine environment. I am especially interested in how environmental change may impact upon socially and culturally meaningful activities, and what the effects of this may be;
(b) climate change adaptation governance at the city or regional scale with a particular focus on equity and justice issues within urban greening strategies;
(c) ‘just transitions’ for high-emitting and carbon-intensive regions, where climate imperatives may have to be balanced with local concerns over employment and economic sustainability.
My research has been funded by the Japan Foundation, the British Academy, the Wellcome Trust, the Economic and Social Research Council, and the Royal Society of Edinburgh among others. Outputs from my work to date on governance of environmental change under situations of high social and environmental complexity have been published in journals including Environmental Science and Policy, Global Environmental Change, and World Development. In 2018, I was selected to become a member of the Young Academy of Scotland, and from 2020 I have been a Future Earth Coasts Fellow.