Dr Saffron O'Neill
Associate Professor in Geography


Please note that Saffron is curently on maternity leave.

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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 holds an ESRC Future Research Leader fellowship (until 2017). This fellowship, ‘Visualising Climate Change’, aims 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.

Broad research specialisms:

  • Public engagement with climate change
  • Climate change adaptation, maladaptation and transformation
  • Visual representations of climate change
  • Science / policy interface


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

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Please email to make an appointment: s.oneill@exeter.ac.uk.


Contact details

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

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