Dr Saffron O'Neill
Associate Professor in Geography


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Saffron O’Neill is Associate Professor in Geography. Her research explores the social science dimensions of climate variability and climate change. She particularly focuses on risk perception, risk communication and public engagement with climate change; and the implications of these areas for public policy. She has previously held positions at the University of Melbourne and the University of East Anglia.

Saffron held an ESRC Future Research Leader fellowship from 2012-2017. This fellowship, ‘Visualising Climate Change’, aimed to increase understanding of the representations and power of visual imagery for engaging people with climate change. Saffron is interested in the diverse places in which people experience weather and climate change in their everyday lives: from personal attachments to valued places, to interactions on social media platforms like Twitter.

Saffron won the 2011 UK Scopus Young Researcher Award for Social Science, awarded by Elsevier and the UK/US Fulbright Commission. The prize is awarded to early-career researchers, based on citation data and jury assessment. Saffron’s website gives details of her research, the people she collaborates with, and her publications.You can also follow her on Twitter @SaffronJONeill. Saffron had two year-long periods of maternity leave in 2015-16 and 2017-18. She continues to balance her family and work lives by working part-time (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday).

Broad research specialisms:

  • Public engagement with climate change
  • Legacy and social media representations of climate change
  • Visual representations of, and engagment with, climate change
  • Climate change adaptation and maladaptation
  • Science / policy interface


BSc Geography (University of Southampton: First Class Honours)
PhD in Environmental Science (University of East Anglia)


Contact details

Internal tel6202
Tel+44 (0) 1392 726202
AddressAmory Building
University of Exeter
Rennes Drive
Office hours

Please note, these times may have to be changed at late notice due to teaching changes etc. Please check this page before you come along:

Thursday 11 October, 2.30-3.30

Wednesday 17 October, 2.30-3.30 (note change)

Monday 22 October, 2.30-3.30

Thursday 8 November, 1.30-2.30

Monday 12 November 2.30-3.30

Monday 19 November 2.30-.3.30

Monday 26 November 2.30-3.30

Monday 3 December 2.30-3.30

Monday 10 December 2.30-3.30


If you cannot make these times due to scheduled lectures, please email me to make an appointment.


Please note, I work part-time (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday) so there will be a delay if you contact me on my non-work days.

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