Dr Leslie Mabon

1. Personal

Senior Lecturer in Social Science, Scottish Association for Marine Science, Oban PA37 1QA Scotland, United Kingdom

ORCID: 0000-0003-2646-6119


Blog: (personal) | (collaborative)

Twitter: @ljmabon

-Research Interests

Environmental social science; geography; interdisciplinary research on environmental issues; socio-cultural dimensions of environmental change; environmental governance and management; public engagement on energy and environmental issues.


English (native), Japanese (advanced – JLPT N2), German (advanced), French (intermediate), Taiwanese Chinese (basic).


PhD Geography, University of Edinburgh (2012);

MSc by Research Human Geography (Distinction), University of Edinburgh (2008);

MA (Hons) Geography (First Class), University of Edinburgh (2007).

2 (a) Peer-reviewed publications

Fan, M-F, Chiu, C-M, and Mabon L (2020) ‘Environmental justice and the politics of pollution: the case of the Formosa Ha Tinh Steel pollution incident in Vietnam’ Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space DOI: 10.1177/2514848620973164;

Kondo, K, Mabon, L, Bi, Y, Chen, Y, and Hayabuchi, Y (2020) ‘Balancing conflicting mitigation and adaptation behaviours of urban residents under climate change and the urban heat island effect’  Sustainable Cities and Society DOI: 10.1016/j.scs.2020.102585;

Huang, Y-C and Mabon L (2020) ‘Coastal landscapes, sustainable consumption and peripheral communities: evaluating the Miramar Resort controversy in Shanyuan Bay, Taiwan’ Marine Policy DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2020.104283;

Mabon, L, Kawabe, M, Huang, Y-C, Moller, L, Gu, J, Wakamori, D, Narita, K, Ito, T, Matsumoto, A, Niizeki, K, Suzuki, S, and Watanabe, M (2020) ‘Inherent resilience, major marine environmental change and revitalisation of coastal communities in Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan’ International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction DOI: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2020.101852;

Mabon, L, Nguyen Song Tung, Pham Thi Tram, Tran Thi Tuyet, Doan Thi Thu Huong, Le Hong Ngoc, Hoang Thi Ngoc Ha, Mueller-Hirth, N, and Vertigans, S (2020) ‘Elaborating a people-centered approach to understanding sustainable livelihoods under climate and environmental change: Thang Binh District, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam’ Sustainability Science DOI: 10.1007/s11625-020-00861-3;

Mabon, L (2020) ‘A historical approach to understanding governance of extreme urban heat in Fukuoka, Japan’ Disaster Prevention and Management DOI: 10.1108/DPM-01-2020-0010;

Mabon, L, Kita, J, Onchi, H, Kawabe, M, Katano, T, Kohno, H, and Huang, Y-C (2020) ‘What natural and social scientists need from each other for effective marine environmental assessment: insights from collaborative research on the Tomakomai CCS Demonstration Project’ Marine Pollution Bulletin DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2020.111520;

Mabon L (2020) ‘Environmental justice in urban greening for subtropical Asian cities: the view from Taipei’ Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography DOI: 10.1111/sjtg.12341;

Shih, W-Y, Ahmad, S, Chen, Y-C, Lin, T-P, and Mabon, L (2020) ‘Spatial Relationship between Land Development Pattern and Intra-Urban Thermal Variations in Taipei’ Sustainable Cities and Society DOI: 10.1016/j.scs.2020.102415

Carver R, Childs J, Steinberg P, Mabon L, Matsuda H, Squire R, McLellan B and Esteban M (2020) ‘A critical social perspective on deep sea mining: Lessons from the emergent industry in Japan’ Ocean and Coastal Management DOI: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2020.105242;

Huang, Y-C, Fan, M-F, Yang, C-Y, and Mabon, L (2020) ‘Social science studies of the environment in Taiwan: what can the international community learn from work published within Taiwan?’ Local Environment DOI: 10.1080/13549839.2019.1693987;

Mabon L (2020) ‘Making climate information services accessible to communities: what can we learn from environmental risk communication research?’ Urban Climate DOI: 10.1016/j.uclim.2019.100537

Swennenhuis, F, Mabon, L, Flach, T, and de Coninck, H (2019) ‘What role for CCS in delivering Just Transitions? An evaluation of the North Sea Region’ International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control DOI: 10.1016/j.ijggc.2019.102903;

Shih WY, Mabon L and Puppim de Oliveira J (2019) ‘Assessing Barriers to Local Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Governance through an International Survey’ Land Use Policy DOI: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2019.104291;

Alcalde J, Heinemann N, Mabon L, Worden R, de Coninck H, Robertson H, Maver M, Ghanbari S, Swennenhuis F, Mann I, Walker T, Gomersal S, Bond C, Allen M, Haszeldine S, James A, Mackay E, Brownsort P, Faulkner D and Murphy S (2019) ‘Acorn: Developing Full-chain Industrial Carbon Capture and Storage in a Resource- and Infrastructure-Rich Hydrocarbon Province’ Journal of Cleaner Production 233: 963-971.

Mabon L, Kondo K, Kanekiyo H, Hayabuchi Y and Yamaguchi A (2019) Fukuoka: Adapting to climate change through urban green space and the built environment?’ Cities DOI 10.1016/j.cities.2019.05.007;

Mabon L, Shih WY, Kondo K, Kanekiyo H and Hayabuchi Y (2019) ‘What is the role of epistemic communities in local climate change adaptation? Understanding the evolving relationship between research and policy for the planned environment in Fukuoka City, Japan’ Geoforum DOI: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2019.04.024

Mabon L (2019) ‘Enhancing post-disaster resilience by ‘building back greener’: evaluating the contribution of nature-based solutions to recovery planning in Futaba County, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan’ Landscape and Urban Planning DOI: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2019.03.013;

Yuill, C, Mueller-Hirth, N, Nguyen Song Tung, Nguyen Thi Kim Dung, Pham Thi Tram and Mabon, L (2019) ‘Landscape and wellbeing: a conceptual framework and an example’ Health;

Mabon, L and Shih, W-Y (2018) ‘Mapping the socio-political landscape of heat mitigation through urban greenspaces: the case of Taipei Metropolis’ Environment and Urbanization DOI: 10.1177/0956247818767318

Mabon, L and Shih, W-Y (2018) ‘What might ‘just green enough’ urban development mean in the context of climate change adaptation? The case of Taipei Metropolis, Taiwan’ World Development DOI:10.1016/j.worlddev.2018.02.035;

Yin, BCL, Laing, R, Leon, M, and Mabon, L (2018) ‘An evaluation of sustainable construction perceptions and practices in Singapore’ Sustainable Cities and Society DOI: 10.1016/j.scs.2018.03.024;

Mabon L, Nguyen Song Tung, Nguyen Thi Kim Dung, Pham Thi Tram, Cao Thi Thanh Nga, Le Thu Quynh, Dang Thanh Trung, Nguyen Thi Huyen Thu, Nguyen Thi Bich Nguyet, Le Hong Ngoc, Tran Thi Tuyet, Bui Thi Cam Tu, Tran Ngoc Anh, Mueller-Hirth N and Yuill C (2018) ‘Bringing social and cultural considerations into environmental management for vulnerable coastal communities: responses to environmental change in Xuan Thuy National Park, Nam Dinh Province, Vietnam’ Ocean and Coastal Management DOI: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2018.03.022;

Mabon, L and Shih, W-Y (2018) ‘Management of sustainability transitions through planning in shrinking resource city contexts: an evaluation of Yubari City, Japan’ Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning DOI: 10.1080/1523908X.2018.1443004;

Shih, W-Y and Mabon, L (2017) ‘Land use planning as a tool for balancing the scientific and the social in biodiversity and ecosystem services mainstreaming? The case of Durban, South Africa.’ Journal of Environmental Planning and Management DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2017.1394277;

Mabon, L, Kita, J and Xue, Z (2017) ‘Challenges for social impact assessment in coastal regions: a case study of the Tomakomai CCS project’ Marine Policy 83: 243-251;

Mabon, L and Kawabe, M (2017) ‘Making sense of complexity in risk governance in post-disaster Fukushima fisheries: a scalar approach’ Environmental Science and Policy 75: 173-183;

Mabon, L (2016) ‘Using Google Street View to chart disaster recovery: a social science perspective on challenges and limitations raised by the case of the Fukushima nuclear disaster’ International Journal of Disaster Risk Science 7 (2): 175-185;

Mabon, L and Kawabe, M (2016) ‘Engagement on risk and uncertainty – lessons from coastal regions of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan after the 2011 disaster?’ Journal of Risk Research DOI: 10.1080/13669877.2016.1200658;

Mabon, L and Littlecott, C (2016) ‘Stakeholder and public perceptions of CO2-EOR in the context of CCS – results from UK focus groups and implications for policy’ International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control 49: 128-137;

Mabon, L and Kawabe, M (2015) ‘Fisheries in Iwaki after the Fukushima Dai’ichi nuclear accident: lessons for coastal management under conditions of high uncertainty?’ Coastal Management 43 (5): 498-518;

Mabon, L, Shackley, S, Blackford, J, Stahl, H and Miller, A (2015) ‘Local perceptions of the QICS experimental offshore CO2 release: results from social science research’ International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control 38: 18-25;

Mabon, L, Shackley, S, Vercelli, S, Anderlucci, J, and Boot, K (2015) ‘Deliberative decarbonisation? Exploring a framework of ethical governance for low-carbon energy’ Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 33 (2): 256-271;

Kaiser, M, Brunsting, S, Mastop, J, Zimmer, R, Shackley, S, Mabon, L, and Howell, R (2015) ‘CCS acceptability: social site characterization and advancing awareness at prospective storage sites in Poland and Scotland’ Oil and Gas Science and Technology 70 (4): 767-784;

Mabon, L, and Shackley, S (2015) ‘More than meeting the targets? The ethical dimensions of carbon dioxide capture and storage’ Environmental Values 24: 465-482;

Howell, R, Shackley, S, Mabon, L, Ashworth, P, and Jeanneret, T (2014) ‘Engaging the public with low-carbon energy technologies: results from a Scottish large group process’ Energy Policy 66: 496-506;

Mabon, L, Shackley, S, and Bower-Bir, N (2014) ‘Perceptions of sub-seabed carbon dioxide storage in Scotland and implications for policy: A qualitative study’ Marine Policy 45: 9-15;

Mabon, L (2012) ‘Values, places and bodies: opportunities for forging a deeper understanding of public perceptions of CCS?’ Energy and Environment 23 (2-3): 329-343.

2 (b) Selected contributions to edited collections

Mabon L and Kawabe M (forthcoming) ‘Fighting against harmful rumours, or for fisheries? Evaluating framings and narrations of risk governance in marine radiation after the Fukushima nuclear accident’ in Cortesi L and Joy KJ (eds) Split Waters: Examining Water Conflicts and Their Narration Routledge: London;

Shih W-Y and Mabon L (forthcoming) ‘Ways of creating usable, multipurpose greenspace in impoverished settlements in cities of the Global South: Urban Growth, Green Infrastructure Loss and Spatial Inequity under Climate Change in Hanoi, Vietnam’ In Douglas I et al (eds) Routledge Handbook of Urban Ecology (Second Edition) Routledge: London;

Shih W-Y and Mabon L (forthcoming) ‘Green Spaces as a Counter Measure to Mitigate Urban Heat Island Effect’ In: Ito, K. (ed), Urban Biodiversity and Ecological Design for Future Cities Springer: New York;

Mabon L (2018) ‘Balancing industry, identity and the environment: how a carbon-intensive city in northern Japan is narrating a low-carbon transition’ RSA Regions Volume 2: DOI : 10.1080/13673882.2018.00001016

Mabon L and Shih W-Y (2018) ‘Getting Buy-in for Climate Change Adaptation through Urban Planning: Climate Change Communication as a Two-way Process’ In: Leal W, Azeiteiro U, Manolas E, and Azul A.M (eds) Handbook of Climate Change Communication Springer: New York pp 61-75;

Gough C, Mabon L and Mander S (2018) ‘Social and ethical dimensions’ in Gough C, Thornley P, Mander S, Vaughan N and Lea-Langton A (eds) Biomass Energy and Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS): Unlocking Negative Emissions Wiley: Chichester pp251-276;

Mabon, L, and Kawabe, M (2017) ‘‘If over a hundred Becquerels is no good, then what does fifty Becquerels mean?’ Governing fisheries and marine radiation in Japan after the Fukushima nuclear accident’ in Baghel, R, Stepan, L, and Hill, J (eds) Water, Knowledge and the Environment in Asia: Epistemologies, Practices and Locales Earthscan: London pp19-35;

Mabon, L (2016) ‘Responsible risk-taking, or – how might CSR be responsive to the nature of contemporary risks? Reflections on sub-seabed carbon dioxide storage in Scotland and marine radioactive contamination in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan’ in Vertigans, S and Idowu, S (eds) Corporate Social Responsibility: Academic Insights and Impacts Springer: New York pp205-222;

Mabon, L (2015) ‘Radioactivity and the city – what might Iwaki in Japan tell us about life under major environmental change?’ in Condie J and A-M Cooper (eds) Dialogues of Sustainable Urbanisation University of West Sydney: Pentrith, NSW pp278-281.

Mabon, L (2014) ‘Respect for nature at 200 km/h? Exploring the role of lifestyle mobilities in environmental responsibility’ in Duncan T, S Cohen and M Thulemark (eds) Lifestyle Mobilities and Corporealities Ashgate: Farnham pp239-252;

Mabon, L and Shackley, S (2013) ‘Sweeping it under the carpet? The ethical dimensions of carbon capture and storage’ in International Social Science Council/UNESCO (ed) World Social Science Report 2013 ISSC/UNESCO/OECD: Paris pp 396-400;

Mabon, L (2011) ‘Pragmatism, powersliding and participation: linking environmental ethics theory with practice’ in Center for Applied Ethics and Philosophy (ed) Applied Ethics: Old Wine in New Bottles Hokkaido University: Sapporo pp 122-137.

3. Key research funding and international collaboration/leadership experience

2020-21 – Scottish Government/Royal Society of Edinburgh Scotland Asia Partnerships in Higher Education Grant (Principal Investigator) Building back better and a just transition – linking rural communities in Japan and Scotland (£7,900)

2019-22 – EPSRC Research Grant – Hydrogen Storage in Porous Media (Co-Investigator; Principal Investigator Prof Stuart Haszeldine, University of Edinburgh) (Co-I share £127,000)

2018-20 – ESRC-AHRC UK-Japan Social Sciences and Humanities Connections – Building Social Resilience to Environmental Change in Marginalised Coastal Communities (Principal Investigator; Co-Investigators Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology; Marine Ecology Research Institute) (£49,900)

2018-19 – National Centre for Resilience Research Project Grants – Developing a Digital Flood Evacuation Model for Climate Change and Wellbeing (Principal Investigator; Co-Investigator Dr Yang Jiang, School of Computer Science and Digital Media, RGU) (£29,000)

2018-21 – Global Challenges Research Fund/Scottish Funding Council Official Development Assistance RGU Allocation – social wellbeing through ecosystem health for coastal communities under climate change (Principal Investigator, Co-PI Dr Nguyen Song Tung, Institute of Human Geography, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (£15,000)

2017-19 – Minami-Soma City Government ‘Reconstruction University’ Initiative – Let’s Talk about the Sea and Fish of Minami-Soma (PI: Prof Midori Kawabe, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, Japan)

2017-19 – IIED/SNIFFER TRACTION project – development of competences framework for assessing national-level climate change adaptation (£10,000);

2017-19 – EU-ACT Carbon Capture and Storage – ACORN Project (Work Package Leader, Principal Investigators Pale Blue Dot Energy/Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage) (Share: £30,000)

2017-18 – Wellcome Trust Seed Awards in Humanities and Social Sciences – Assessing Energy Precarity in Sub-Tropical Asian Cities (Principal Investigator, Co-Investigators Ming-Chuan University; University of Science and Technology Hanoi; Kyushu University) (£49,000);

2017-18 – Royal Society of Edinburgh-Ministry of Science and Technology Joint Research Projects – Integrating environmental and social urban data to assess climate hazards – the role of green infrastructure (Co-Principal Investigator with Ming-Chuan University) (£12,000 + match-funding from MOST);

2017-18 – Regional Studies Association Early Career Grant – Managed transitions in carbon-intensive coastal regions: a comparative study of Iwaki and Iburi, Japan (Principal Investigator – £9,700);

2016 – British Academy International Partnership and Mobility Scheme – Climate Change and Coastal Communities (Principal Investigator, with Institute of Human Geography, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences) (£10,000);

2015-16 – UK CCS Research Centre International Collaboration Fund – Public and Stakeholder Perceptions of Sub-Seabed Carbon Dioxide Storage in Tomakomai, Japan (Principal Investigator, with Dr Jun Kita, Research Centre for Innovative Technology for the Earth, Kyoto, Japan) (£17,000);

2015-16 – GB Sasakawa Foundation – Scotland-Japan Network on Consensus Building for Environmental Governance (Principal Investigator, with Prof Taisuke Miyauchi, Hokkaido University) (£5,000);

2014-15 – Work Package Leader (Public and Stakeholder Perceptions), Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage CO2-Enhanced Oil Recovery Joint Industry Project (£11,000);

2014 – Japan Foundation Japan Studies Fellowship (Short-Term) – Environmental Change and Risk in Coastal Communities (Principal Investigator, with Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology). (JPY716,000)

4. Employment history

Oct 2019-Present – Senior Lecturer in Social Science, Scottish Association for Marine Science-University of the Highlands and Islands

June 2018-Oct 2019 – Reader in Environment and Society, School of Applied Social Studies, Robert Gordon University

Research and teaching responsibilities as below.

November 2017-June 2018 – Senior Lecturer (equal to Associate Professor) and Research Lead, School of Applied Social Studies, Robert Gordon University

Research responsibilities in addition to below: develop/lead school-level strategy to feed into university contribution to national 2021 Research Excellence Framework (spanning three departments); develop school-wide research strategy; develop and monitor pathways to impact for school research activities in liaison with Vice Principal Research office; mentor/support junior staff in research proposal development and peer-reviewed publication; Chair School Ethical Review Panel; management of school social media strategy across Twitter/Wordpress.

Teaching administration in addition to below: Research Degrees Coordinator for School – oversee recruitment and retention of PhD students in liaison with Graduate School and International Office (especially focus on recruitment in emerging markets e.g. Vietnam, Taiwan); review/authorise PhD applications; oversee Transfer Viva process; develop opportunities for funded PhD studentships for school.

March 2014-November 2017 – Lecturer in Sociology (equal to Assistant Professor), School of Applied Social Studies, Robert Gordon University

Research responsibilities: lead own research programme on broad theme of people, environment and energy, with aims of producing peer-reviewed outputs and securing further research funding. Main projects: risk communication around marine radioactive contamination in Japan after the Fukushima nuclear accident (Japan Foundation Fellowship); just transitions for carbon-intensive cities and regions (Regional Studies Association Early Career Grant); climate change adaptation in coastal communities in Vietnam (British Academy International Partnership and Mobility Scheme); social dimensions of climate change adaptation through urban planning in Taipei (Wellcome Trust Seed Award; RSE-MOST Joint Research Project).

Teaching/administration: Course Co-Ordinator (including developing course content from scratch, delivering lectures/tutorials, setting and marking assessments, and exam board duties) – Energy, Sustainability and Society (PG), Environment and Society (UG), Socially Responsible Management in the Energy Sector (UG), Introduction to Sociology and Psychology (access); Course Lecturer (delivering lectures/tutorials, setting and marking assessments) – Corporate Social Responsibility in the Energy Sector (PG), Urban Social and Environmental Regeneration (PG), Social Construction of Everyday Life (UG), Nippon Foundation Ocean Innovation Summer School (PG summer school). Also supervision of MSc students; supervision/pastoral support for international students; and Year Tutor duties.

June 2011-March 2014 – Post-Doctoral Research Associate – Social Dimensions of Low-Carbon Energy, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh

Research responsibilities: design, carry out and analyse research (mainly qualitative but also some quantitative) as part of three European Union-funded projects (ECO2; R&Dialogue; and SiteChar projects) into social dimensions of low-carbon energy; facilitate dialogue on low-carbon society between academia, policy makers, industry, NGOs and civil society actors; carry out empirical research (interviews, focus groups, ethnography) with publics and stakeholders; liaise with project partners in other EU countries and management team to ensure smooth running of projects.

Teaching/administration: Course Co-Ordinator – Sustainability, Society and Environment (UG); Course Lecturer – Values and Environment (UG/PG), Lothian Equal Access Programme for Schools – Geography (access); Course Tutor – Philosophy and Methodology of Human Geography (UG), Qualitative Research Methods (UG), Quantitative Research Methods (UG), Research Design in Human Geography (UG), Social and Cultural Geography (UG), Introduction to Human Geography (UG).

5. Research supervision experience

Mariana Xavier Nicolletti – PhD (Fundação Getulio Vargas, sandwich year at RGU) – social learning and urban climate adaptation via nature-based solutions in Scotland and Brazil (start November 2018, sandwich year supervisor)

Yi-Chen Huang – PhD (Robert Gordon University) – Environmental Values of Motorcycle Riders in Taipei City, Taiwan (start February 2018)

Shannon Schauer – MSc CSR and Sustainability (Robert Gordon University) – The Role of the Arts in Communicating Sustainable Values for a Low-Carbon Aberdeen (completed 2017)

Bernard Tomo – MSc CSR and Energy (Robert Gordon University) – Community benefits of oil and gas development on Takoradi, Ghana (completed 2015)

Kieran Ronnie – MSc CSR and Energy (Robert Gordon University) – Procedural Justice in Shale Gas Decision-Making in Scotland (completed 2015)

Martin Thomsen – MSc CSR and Energy (Robert Gordon University) – Distributional and Justice Concerns in Wind Energy Deployment (completed 2014)

Ally Cameron – MSc CSR and Energy (Robert Gordon University) – Effects of Piper Alpha Disaster on Risk Perception in the North Sea Oil and Gas Industry (completed 2014)

Yi-Chen Huang – MSc Environment, Culture and Society (University of Edinburgh) – A Critical Examination of the Case of the Miramar Resort Development Project (completed 2013)

Tzu-Hsuan Lu – MSc Environmental Management (University of Edinburgh) – Primary School Childrens’ Perceptions of Taiwan’s Third Nuclear Power Plant (completed 2013)

Yao Yuan – MSc Carbon Capture and Storage (University of Edinburgh) – Media Reporting of CCS in China (completed 2013)

Paul Bielby – MSc Environment, Culture and Society (University of Edinburgh) – Landscape Values and the Scottish Cairngorms (completed 2012)

6. Invited/significant international academic presentations

‘Coastal communities, major environmental change, and inherent resilience: insights from the Fukushima coast’, Invited Presenter at Glasscock Center for Humanities Research, Texas A&M University, USA, 6 November 2020;

“There’s still coal in the hills, you know’: fossil fuels, identity and climate change”, Invited Presenter at Bovay Workshop on Energy Ethics, Glasscock Center for Humanities Research, Texas A&M University, USA, 23 April 2020 (cancelled due to coronavirus);

Invited Expert Presenter, Public Outreach Forum for Geologic Carbon Storage, Industrial Technology Research Institute, Taipei, Taiwan, 6 February 2020;

Invited international expert, Ministry of Science and Technology Young Scholar Forum, Tainan, Taiwan, 13-15 August 2019;

‘Beyond ‘best practices’ and ‘global exemplars’: working with narrative to understand successful environmental governance in cities, through the case of climate change adaptation in Fukuoka, Japan’ Leverage Points, Luneburg, 5-8 February 2019;

‘Governing extreme weather in Fukuoka City, Japan: Guided by climate science, driven by environmental history?’, Asian Extremes: Climate, Meteorology and Disaster in History, National University of Singapore, 17-18 May 2018;

‘How can carbon-intensive cities and regions meet the climate challenge?’ Oral presentation at IPCC Cities and Climate Change Science Conference, Edmonton, 4-7 March 2018;

‘How can CCS in Japan sustain public support into the future?’ Engineering Advancement Association of Japan, Tokyo, 18 December 2017;

‘Public engagement for the Tomakomai CCS Demonstration Project’, The Future of CCS Symposium, Japan CCS Company-Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Japan, Tokyo, 13 December 2017;

Speaker and panellist, CCS session, Innovation for Cool Earth Forum, Tokyo, 4-5 October 2017;

Guest lecturer, Department of Urban Planning and Disaster Management, Ming-Chuan University, Taiwan, spring 2017;

‘Working across and between disciplines in marine and coastal research: thoughts from the field’ Invited speaker at MEOPAR Interdisciplinary Research Forum, Ottawa, Canada, 28 September 2016;

‘Social and economic risks associated with marine resource development: the case of Scotland’ Invited speaker at SIP Environmental and Social Impact Assessment International Workshop, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, Japan, 1 March 2016;

‘Where are we going, and how are we going to get there? Understanding the socio-political context of our future energy systems’ Invited speaker at I2CNER Seminar Series, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan, 16 December 2015;

‘CCS in Scotland’ Invited speaker at Chaire Captage, Transport et Stockage du CO2 International Seminar, Paris, France, 3-5 December 2014;

‘Is there a role for fossil fuels in our future society? Short-term mitigation and long-term sustainability.’ Invited speaker at Regional Planner Masters Programme, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan, 21 June 2014;

‘Social site characterisation: the experience of the SiteChar project in Europe’ IEAGHG 4th Social Research Network Meeting, University of Calgary, Canada, 14-15 January 2014;

‘The role of societal concerns in the implementation of CCS’ ECO2 Project Briefing, European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium, 26 November 2013;

‘Learning from experiments and (potential) demonstrations: Public perceptions of CO2 geological storage in Scotland’ Invited speaker at CO2GeoNet Open Forum, Venice, 9-11 April 2013;

‘Environmental ethics, values and CCS’ Invited speaker at Public Participation and the Governance of CCS: InCluESEV International Workshop, London, UK, 31 October – 1 November 2011.

7. Social engagement activities

Community seminar, Fossil Fuels and Local Identity, Shimizusawa Community Gate, Yubari, Japan, 18 Jan 2020;

Module Leader, ‘A just transition for workers and communities in Scotland’s carbon-intensive industries’, 2050 Climate Group Young Leader Programme, Edinburgh, 23 November 2019;

Guest lecture: Nature and Green Space in Coastal Fukushima, Japan Consulate of Edinburgh, 27 February 2019;

Expert participant: One Day to Play/The Fierce Urgency of Now, National Theatre of Scotland/Aberdeen Performing Arts/Peacock Visual Arts; 30 November-1 December 2018;

Discussant: Anote’s Ark Film Screening, Take One Action’s Fourth Aberdeen Film Festival, 18 November 2018 (in association with Christian Aid and Oxfam Scotland);

Speaker/panellist: Associates’ Social: Presentation and conversation with Manami Sato, W OR M, Aberdeen, 15 November 2018;

Guest talk: Oil and gas, Aberdeen and Just Transitions, Lecture to Royal College of Art ADS3 Architecture Students, W OR M, Aberdeen, 5 November 2018;

Film screening and discussion: Over the Sky (with Director Toko Shiiki), Aberdeen Science Centre, Aberdeen, 12 October 2018;

Guest talk: Just transitions, Aberdeen and the future of the oil and gas industry, Aberdeen Trades Union Congress, Aberdeen 25 July 2018;

Guest lecture: Climate change responses at the local level: comparing Scotland and Fukuoka, Fukuoka Committee on Climate Change Action, Fukuoka, 25 April 2018 (in Japanese);

Panelist: What Comes After Oil? W OR M, Aberdeen, 19 March 2018;

Guest lecture: Coastal Fukushima Prefecture in 2018: Landscapes and Local Identity, ‘Lecture on Fukushima: Recovery and Local Identity’ public lecture event, Japan Consulate of Edinburgh, 15 March 2018;

Guest lecture: Public Understanding of Carbon Capture and Storage, Tomakomai Komazawa University, Tomakomai, Japan, 22 January 2018 (in Japanese);

Guest lecture: Just Transitions in Aberdeen, Aberdeen Climate Café, Aberdeen Climate Action, Aberdeen, 5 December 2017;

Guest lecture: What might the future hold for Huntly, ‘Field Notes on Surviving the Future’ series, Deveron Projects, Huntly, 26 October 2017;

Speaker/facilitator, ‘Energy futures in post-oil Aberdeen’ talk event, Creative Carbon Scotland Green Tease Series, Aberdeen, March 2017;

Guest lecture: Risk, trust and society in Fukushima Prefecture, ‘Voices from Fukushima’ public lecture event, University of Iowa, February 2017;

Guest lecture: Fisheries after the Fukushima Dai’ichi nuclear accident, ‘Lectures on Fukushima’ public lecture event, Japan Consulate of Edinburgh, December 2016;

Panelist, Taipei Urban Planning Forum, Taipei City Parks and Street Lights Office, Taipei, December 2016;

Guest lecture: Building a boat of confidence: fishing after Fukushima, ‘Skeptics on the Fringe’, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, August 2016;

Guest speaker/panelist, ‘A to/from B’ talk event, Seventeen art space, Aberdeen, October 2015 (with WAGON contemporary art).

8. Further Experience and External Recognition

Elected to Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland, 2018-present;

Future Earth Coasts Fellow, 2020-present;

Selected participant for European Crucible, Luxembourg, May 2020 (cancelled due to coronavirus);

Development of evaluation framework for national competences in climate change adaptation, TRACTION Project, IIED/Sniffer, 2017-18;

Reviewer for international peer-reviewed journals including: Weather, Climate and Society; Environmental Sociology; Science of the Total Environment; Environment, Development and Sustainability; BMC Public Health; International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control; Journal of Risk Research; International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction; Land Use Policy; Energy Research and Social Science; Marine Policy.

Consultant/advisor on social dimensions of carbon dioxide capture and storage in Japan (lecture/seminar/technical guidance on social impact assessment and public understanding of CCS in Tokyo, December 2017), Engineering Advancement Association of Japan/Japan CCS Company, 2017-18;

Proposal reviewer for Economic and Social Research Council; Natural Environment Research Council, Scottish Graduate School of Social Science, and Routledge for Geography book series;

Project Evaluator, Arts and Climate Change Mini-Festival, Middlefield, Aberdeen March-May 2017 (with Adaptation Scotland (funded via Scottish Government), Aberdeen City Council, Creative Carbon Scotland, Sniffer);

Lead Researcher, UK CCS Research Centre Early Career Programme Review, February-November 2013;

ClimateXchange Citizens’ Juries on Wind Farm Development in Scotland (2014-15) – research team member;

Invited participant, 2015 Summer Institute for Disaster and Risk Reduction, Beijing Normal University, China 27 July-7 August 2015.