Coastal communities and changing environments: case studies from Asia-Pacific

On the coast, local environmental problems meet with national-level political goals and international ideas of economy, trade and development in very apparent ways. The coasts and seas have significant potential to solve some of the big problems we face globally, by acting as sites for renewable energy, new international industries or even sustaining our own… Read More Coastal communities and changing environments: case studies from Asia-Pacific

Explainer: Fukushima Dai’ichi and water releases – science and society

Note: this post was originally published in October 2020, as plans to release treated water progressed towards approval. The explainer was updated in April 2021 to reflect the confirmation of the Japanese Government’s decision to release the treated water. I will continue to add more information as and when it becomes available. The purpose of… Read More Explainer: Fukushima Dai’ichi and water releases – science and society

Why urban greening alone will not make a ‘resilient city’

(originally posted on Urban Green Adaptation Diary) One of the consequences of recent world events is an explosion of social media posts, thinkpieces, and even preliminary research into how urban planning – and urban greening – can shape the post-COVID city. Whilst these are welcome and fruitful discussions, they must not deflect from some of… Read More Why urban greening alone will not make a ‘resilient city’

Summary of new paper: expert survey on governance challenges for local biodiversity and ecosystem services

Post from Urban Green Diary We have just had a paper published in Land Use Policy, which reports the findings of a global survey into expert perceptions of barriers to including biodiversity and ecosystem services thinking within policy and governance at the local level. What is the key point of this paper? The aim of… Read More Summary of new paper: expert survey on governance challenges for local biodiversity and ecosystem services

Visit to Soma and Odaka plus workshop – September 2019

We chose late September for the Japan workshop of our project ‘Building Resilience to Environmental Change in Marginalised Coastal Communities’, supported by the ESRC-AHRC UK-Japan Social Sciences and Humanities Connections fund. Along with myself as Principal Investigator, my RGU colleagues Dr Leon Moller of the Law School and Yi-Chen Huang of the School of Applied… Read More Visit to Soma and Odaka plus workshop – September 2019

A bit of perspective on the Daily Mail article on surfing in Fukushima

A clickbait post has appeared in the Daily Mail (I don’t encourage you to click, but if you want to check for yourself the link is at the end of this post) discussing the reopening of beaches on the coast of Fukushima Prefecture. While there is nothing factually wrong with the article, there is a lot… Read More A bit of perspective on the Daily Mail article on surfing in Fukushima

Scotland-Vietnam coastal research collaboration: intensive field visit to Quang Nam Province

The second half of May saw a visit of a team from the School of Applied Social Sciences at Robert Gordon University to the Institute of Human Geography in the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences, for a week of joint research. This collaborative venture connects the projects ‘Ensuring social wellbeing in climate change adaptation through… Read More Scotland-Vietnam coastal research collaboration: intensive field visit to Quang Nam Province

Report: Taipei forums, workshops and teaching, April 2019

Last week I was in Taiwan for the final Taiwan workshops for our Royal Society of Edinburgh-Ministry of Science and Technology Joint Research Project into the spatial relationship of green infrastructure and heat hazard. I was joined by my PhD student and Research Assistant Yi-Chen Huang, and met up with Co-PI Dr Wan-Yu Shih of… Read More Report: Taipei forums, workshops and teaching, April 2019