My name is Dr Leslie Mabon, and I am a Reader in Environment and Society at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. I’ve been working in Aberdeen since March 2014, and prior to that was a research associate at the University of Edinburgh.
My research addresses the social and cultural dimensions of environmental change, and I also have a strong interest in the interdisciplinary research process itself. I’m particularly interested in environmental issues that are not so clear cut and ‘easy’ to address – for example, where there is a clearly-defined technical and scientific course of action to be followed, which might have to be balanced with what is considered socially acceptable or desirable. 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 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, Environment and Planning C, and World Development. In 2018, I was selected to become a member of the Young Academy of Scotland.