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Dr Shona Koren Paterson
Director of Global Lives Research Centre / Senior Lecturer


Building on an academic transdisciplinary background in Natural Sciences (Marine Biology, Resource Management) and Social Sciences (Climate Adaptation, Social Justice, Environmental Policy), Shona’s guiding focus remains the generation and translation of defensible research informed by the needs of society and co-created with the intended beneficiaries. Her research is motivated by international frameworks such as the UN 2030 Agenda, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, and the COP21 Paris Agreement. She has spent her working career building partnerships and knowledge exchange networks with local communities and stakeholders to achieve mutually beneficial social and ecological goals.

With a special interest in marginalised communities and social justice and equity, Shona’s recent research has focused on global flood risk and resilience, climate risk assessments, adaptation and adaptive capacity in urbanising coastal areas.  Embracing a transdisciplinary approach, Shona works at the interface of science-policy as well as effective and fit-for-audience communication of data and knowledge to ensure increased impactful discourse around risk. She has research experience in the Caribbean, USA, UK and Ireland, as well as a global perspective through involvement with Future Earth and its associated global research project Future Earth Coasts.  

Newest selected publications

Franzke, CLE., Ciullo, A., Gilmore, EA., Matias, DM., Nagabhatla, N., Orlov, A., et al. (2022) 'Perspectives on tipping points in integrated models of the natural and human earth system: cascading effects and telecoupling'. Environmental Research Letters, 17 (1). pp. 1 - 11. ISSN: 1748-9318 Open Access Link

Journal article

Paterson, SK. and Guida, K. (2021) 'Bridging gaps: Connecting Climate Change Risk Assessments with Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation Agendas', in Flood, S., Columbie, Y., Le Tissier, M. and O'Dwyer, B. (eds.) Creating Resilient Futures: Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction, Sustainable Development Goals and Climate Change Adaptation Agendas. London, UK; Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 65 - 80. ISBN 10: 3-030-80790-8. ISBN 13: 978-3-030-80791-7. Open Access Link

Book chapter

Paterson, S., Whyte, H. and Catching A Wave collective. (2021) 'Catching a Wave: the Ripple Effect of Transdisciplinarity'.EGU General Assembly 2021. Online. 19 - 30 April. Copernicus GmbH.Open Access Link

Conference paper

Richards, M., Schmidt, X., Paterson, S., Martin, O., Sam, S., Syampungani, S., et al. (2020) 'The ESKE Project : a South-North educational and knowledge exchange framework to enhance food security and livelihoods'. [Poster] Exhibited at. 8th World Sustainability Forum 15 9 2020


P. de Alencar, NM., Le Tissier, M., Paterson, SK. and Newton, A. (2020) 'Circles of Coastal Sustainability: A Framework for Coastal Management'. Sustainability, 12 (12). pp. 1 - 27.Open Access Link

Journal article
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