Dr Rachel Turner
Lecturer in Environmental Social Science


I am an environmental social scientist focusing on marine resource governance and coastal communities. My research focuses on understanding how socio-economic and environmental contexts drive resource use behavior and have implications for management and governance systems. I am interested in the dynamics of social-ecological systems and how resource users respond to change, and am committed to interdisciplinary research addressing challenges of sustainable natural resource management. Recent research has explored marine resource dependence and identification of supportive governance structures for effective Caribbean coral reef management. Current work in the UK focuses on wellbeing of fishers and fishing communities with a focus on health.

I am a member of the Environment and Sustainability Institute and of the Geography department in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences.


2010 PhD Social and environmental drivers of fishers’ spatial behaviour in the Northumberland Lobster Fishery (Newcastle University)
2005 MSc Tropical Coastal Management (Newcastle University)
2003 BSc Development Studies (University of East Anglia)


2014 Lecturer, University of Exeter
2010 Research Associate, University of the West Indies

Contact details

Tel+44 (0) 1326 259251
AddressEnvironment and Sustainability Institute
University of Exeter
Penryn Campus
TR10 9FE
Office hours

2018/19 Term 1: Tue 9-10 and Wed 11-12

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