I was an undergraduate in Geography at the University of Southampton, UK. Whilst studying there, I developed a particular interest in climate change research. This led me to undertake a PhD in ENV at UEA (the School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia), supervised by Mike Hulme, Irene Lorenzoni and Tim Osborn. As a postgrad, I was based in the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, which was a great introduction to interdisciplinary climate change research, and academic life more generally. My PhD, ‘An Iconic Approach for Representing Climate Change’, was awarded in 2008. After submitting my PhD, I was a Lecturer for a year or so, convening the MSc Climate Change at UEA, based in the Climatic Research Unit.
After my PhD, I wanted to develop my knowledge of climate change adaptation. I was also keen to work overseas and explore how climate change was seen in a different national context. I moved to the University of Melbourne in 2009, to work with Jon Barnett and the adaptation group based in the Department of Resource Management and Geography. My postdoc was funded through the Australian National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF).
I moved back to the UK in 2012 to work in the Geography department at the University of Exeter. I was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2014, and Associate Professor in 2016. I lead the Geography department’s Environment and Sustainability Research Group. From 2012-2017 I held an ESRC Future Research Leader fellowship.
I have had two year-long periods of maternity leave: in 2015-16 for my first son, Rowan; and in 2017-18 for my second son, Finn. Like many parents (though especially mothers) I am attempting to balance a fulfilling but demanding career, with the demands of caring for young children, by working part-time.