Professor Katrina Brown
Professor of Social Sciences


I am an environmental social scientist, specialising in environmental change, development, vulnerability and resilience. My research focuses on how individuals and societies understand and respond to change, and their different capacities for adaptation and transformation. I am committed to interdisciplinary research on sustainability and have led international research teams to examine environmental change and poverty alleviation in developing countries.

2012 Chair in Social Science, University of Exeter
1991-2012 University of East Anglia (Professor of Development Studies since 2004)
2009-12 ESRC Professorial Fellowship on ‘Resilient Development in Social Ecological Systems’
2004-2010 Deputy Director for Social Sciences and Leader, International Development Programme, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research


PhD Women’s farming groups in semi-arid Kenya (University of Nottingham)
MSc Tropical Agricultural Development (University of Reading)
BSc Agricultural and Environmental Science (University of Newcastle upon Tyne)


Katrina Brown is a world-leading social scientist working at the interface of international development, environmental change and sustainability. Her recent book, Resilience, Development and Global Change resulted from an ESRC Professorial Fellowship, Resilient Development in Social Ecological Systems, and presents a re-visioning of resilience for development. Katrina Brown has extensive experience of interdisciplinary research centres, including as a post-doctoral researcher in CSERGE, and a co-applicant, Deputy Director and Programme Leader of the Tyndall Centre. She has led a number of large international research collaborations, including ESPA large grants, and Leverhulme Trust project, each working with developing country academic and user partners. She has worked in Kenya since her ESRC-funded PhD on women’s collective action in the semi-arid lands in the late 1980s. She has advised international research programmes, such as IHDP, the ARC Centre for Excellence on Coral Reefs and networks, including the Resilience Alliance.

Katrina works at the forefront of collaborative science and has standing in international development and global change communities, evidenced by appointments to RAE/REF and Royal Society Expert Panels, and Board of the Stockholm Resilience Centre. Her record of support for early career research is exemplary, she has directed Masters level courses (East Anglia and Exeter), participated in Summer Schools, and supervised 33 PhDs to completion, 18 of whom are international students. In 2013 she won the first ‘AXA Outlook’ award for pioneering work in Kenya on resilience and poverty using Forum Theatre, which was the subject of a National Geographic film in 2014.




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University of Exeter
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Monday 5 November 16.00-17.00

Tuesday 6 November 16.00-17.00


Monday 12 November 16.00-17.00

Tuesday 15.30-16.30


Away from campus on Research Project - please see Senior Tutors or Module or Programme convenors for queries


Monday 26 November 16.00-17.00

Tuesday 27 November 15.30-16.30


Tuesday 4 December 16.00-17.00

Thursday 6 December 15.30-16.30


Monday 10 December 16.00-17.00

Tuesday 11 December 15.30-16.30



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