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Dr Shona Koren Paterson
Research Fellow II - Global Challenges


Shona’s transdisciplinary research here at Brunel focuses on global flood risk and resilience but her main driver is the generation of defensible research informed by the needs of society and co-created with the intended beneficiaries. Her work is motivated by international frameworks such as the UN 2030 Agenda and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. Shona has extensive experience in the Caribbean, the Americas, and the UK where her research has focussed on numerous interlinked areas including coastal resource management, climate adaptation and adaptive capacity in urbanising coastal areas, governance and social justice, and the society-policy-practice nexus. 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


Ph.D. Coastal Resource Management (East Carolina/Massachusetts)

MSc. Tropical Coastal Management (Newcastle)

BSc. (Hons). Marine Biology (Plymouth)

Newest selected publications

O'Hagan, AM., Paterson, S. and Le Tissier, M. (2019) 'Addressing the tangled web of governance mechanisms for land-sea interactions: Assessing implementation challenges across scales'. Marine Policy, 112. pp. 103715 - 103715. ISSN: 0308-597X

Journal article

Politi, E., Paterson, SK., Scarrott, R., Tuohy, E., O’Mahony, C. and Cámaro-García, WCA. (2019) 'Earth observation applications for coastal sustainability: potential and challenges for implementation'. Anthropocene Coasts, 2 (1). pp. 306 - 329. ISSN: 2561-4150 Open Access Link

Journal article

Moreira, F., Paterson, S., Nunes, L. and Pelling, M. (2018) 'Climate Change and Adaptive Capacity in the City of Santos.', in Nunes, L., Greco, R. and Marengo, J. (eds.) Climate Change in Santos Brazil: Projections, Impacts and Adaptation Options. Springer. pp. 253 - 267. ISBN 10: 3319965344. ISBN 13: 9783319965345. Open Access Link

Book chapter

Normandin, JM., Therrien, MC., Pelling, M. and Paterson, S. (2018) 'The Definition of Urban Resilience: A Transformation Path Towards Collaborative Urban Risk Governance.', in Brunetta, G., Caldarice, O., Tollin, N., Rosas-Casals, M. and Morato, J. (eds.) Urban Resilience for Risk and Adaptation Governance Theory and Practice. Springer. pp. 9 - 26. ISBN 10: 331976943X. ISBN 13: 9783319769431. Open Access Link

Book chapter

Marengo, J., Muller-Karger, F., Pelling, M., Reynolds, CJ., Merrill, SB., Nunes, LH., et al. (2017) 'An Integrated Framework to Analyze Local Decision Making and Adaptation to Sea Level Rise in Coastal Regions in Selsey (UK), Broward County (USA), and Santos (Brazil)'. American Journal of Climate Change, 06 (02). pp. 403 - 424. ISSN: 2167-9495 Open Access Link

Journal article
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