Skip to main content


Loading content
 Sophia Buchanan Barlow

Sophia Buchanan Barlow

PhD Researcher

 Amory c360


Amory Building, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4RJ , UK


In 2022, I started my ESRC funded PhD in Sustainable Futures at the University of Exeter. The research is titled ‘Investigating human-environment interdependency through relational wellbeing in blue-green spaces’.

I am interested in how marine policy and governance shape how different stakeholders (unevely) access marine resources, decision-making and related wellbeing. Specifically, my research will focus on relational wellbeing – the significance of people’s multi-scalar relationships with other people at local levels, up to governing bodies and with the environment. My research examines these relationships in the context of coastal social-ecological systems in the South West, which are on the frontline of rapid environmental change.

I completed my BA Geography degree at the University of Exeter from 2018-21, developing a strong interest in environmental and social sustainability and achieving a First class honours degree. In my final year, I received MRes and PhD (1+3) funding through the ESRC South West Doctoral Training Partnership.

I studied for my MRes in Sustainable Futures from 2021-22, achieving a Distinction. My dissertation focused on how wellbeing was mobilised and perceived across different levels of marine environmental governance in the UK. This involved thematic analysis of national marine policy documents alongside interviews with policymakers and environmental managers.

Supervision team: Dr Louisa Evans, Dr Catherine Butler (Exeter) and Dr Hannah Parrott (Bristol)


BA Geography – University of Exeter

MRes Sustainable Futures – University of Exeter

Research group links


Research interests

Environmental Geography

Human wellbeing

Blue justice

Resource access

Environmental governance

Coastal social-ecological systems



Supervision / Group

Back | Edit Profile