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 Nigel Sainsbury

Nigel Sainsbury

PhD researcher

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 Environment and Sustainability Institute desk 56, 1.15

 

Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK

Overview

I am a social environmental scientist and geographer with particular interests in climate change vulnerability and adaptation, social-ecological systems and conservation. I currently run a NERC-funded research program exploring the role of human behaviour in climate vulnerability using fisheries and storms as a case study. I work closely with Cefas, the Met Office, and Willis Towers Watson to achieve direct policy and climate adaptation impact.

My work combines social fieldwork and interrogating large pre-existing data sets, both using quantitative and qualitative approaches.

My research interests include:

  • Human behavioural responses to climate change
  • Climate risks, vulnerability and adaptation
  • The effects of climate change on fisheries
  • Resilience and wellbeing
  • Human dimenions of conservation

Publications

Sainsbury N.C., Turner R.A., Townhill, B.L., Mangi, S.C., Pinnegar, J.K., 2019. The challenges of extending climate risk insurance to fisheries, Nature Climate Change Volume 9, issue 12, pp896–897. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-019-0645-z

Turner, R.A., Sainsbury, N.C., Wheeler, B.W., 2019. The health of commercial fishers in England and Wales: Analysis of the 2011 census Marine Policy (106) https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308597X18308510

Sainsbury N.C., Genner M.J., Saville, G.R., Pinnegar, K.P., O’Neill, C.K., Simpson, S.D., Turner, R.A., 2018. Changing storminess and global capture fisheries, Nature Climate Change Volume 8, Issue 8, pp655–659, https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-018-0206-x

Research profiles

Social media

Short films on my research and knowledge exchange activities

Changing storminess and global capture fisheries

Qualifications

2016–present PhD Geography, University of Exeter, UK
2015–2016 MSC Conservation Science and Policy, University of Exeter, UK
2000–2003 BSc Management Science, University of Warwick, UK

Career

2014–2015 Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada. Grants and Major Gift Development Officer.

2003–2013 AXA Group, London, UK. Variety of management and leadership roles including: Head of Strategy (2008–2010), Head of Executive Office and Corporate Development (2010–2011), Head of Lifestyle Claims (2011–2013), Head of Claims Change Programme (2012–2013).

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Research

Research interests

My research interests include:

  • Human behavioural responses to climate change
  • Climate risks, vulnerability and adaptation
  • The effects of climate change on fisheries
  • Resilience and wellbeing
  • Human dimenions of conservation

Research networks

Main Collaborators

  • John Pinnegar (Cefas)
  • Martin Genner (University of Bristol)
  • Clare O'Neill (Met Office)
  • Geoffrey Saville and Danial Fairweather (Willis Towers Watson)

Additional Recent Collaborators

  • Bryony Townhill and Stephen Mangi (Cefas)

Teaching

Supervision / Group

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