Welcome to my website


Dr Saffron ONeillI am Associate Professor in Geography at the University of Exeter, UK. My research explores the social science dimensions of climate variability and climate change. I currently hold an ESRC Future Research Leader fellowship which is exploring the diverse places in which people experience climate change in their everyday lives: from personal attachments to valued places, to interactions on social media. Click through to my research, the people I collaborate with, and my publications.

My publications can also be viewed on my Google Scholar profile. My H-index is 25 (as of March 2018). I was awarded the 2011 UK Scopus Young Researcher Award 2011 (Social Sciences) a prize given to the most highly-cited early-career researchers, based on citation data and jury assessment. I lead the Geography department’s Environment and Sustainability Research Group.

I’m on twitter @SaffronJONeill.

***Please note: I am on maternity leave until summer 2018. I will be checking email, but there will be a delay in replying.***


Research video: ‘Visualising climate change’

I’m currently visiting the Center for Technology and Policy Research (CSTPR) at the University of Colorado-Boulder. As part of my visit, I took a seminar: ‘Place Attachment, Performance, and Climate Change Adaptation’ on Wednesday. The presentation drew on research done in collaboration with Dr Sonia Graham at the University of Melbourne, investigating how participant-created images (in this case, photos) can be used to engage and empower people to imagine climate adaptation futures. Click through to the CSTPR page for the seminar abstract.

I’m always interested in finding new ways to communicate my research, so I’ve been working with Tom Lowe at Polygraph Productions to help make my research more accessible. The research I presented in the CSTPR seminar is summarised in the short video below. Thanks to all the participants who were filmed – they used the photo-elicitation project to offer some great insights into living with flooding and sea-level rise.

Visualising Climate Change from Tom Lowe on Vimeo.