Dr Tomas Chaigneau
Lecturer in Social Sciences for our Environment


I am an environmental social scientist who studies the relationship between the natural environment and peoples’ wellbeing.   This involves understanding how individuals derive wellbeing from the coast but also how their actions can impact their adjacent environment.

Through an interdisciplinary approach focusing on socio-ecological systems, pro-environmental behaviour and wellbeing literature I explore how best to ensure that conservation and natural resource management measures are contributing to wellbeing and poverty alleviation sustainably over time.

My research has primarily focused along the coast and has recently explored the links between coastal ecosystem services and wellbeing in East Africa. It has also investigated the social impact of Marine Protected Areas on communities and community support towards these interventions..


2009-2013 Phd in International Development (University of East Anglia)
2007-2008 MRes in Ecology and Environmental Management (University of York)
2003-2007 BSc in Biology (University of York)

Contact details

Tel+44 (0) 1326 259469
AddressEnvironment and Sustainability Institute
University of Exeter
Penryn Campus
TR10 9FE

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