Staff Profile:Dr Emily Boyd

  • Leader of the Human Environments research group (HERG)
  • Lead of REF 2014 UoA17 Geography
  • Teaching: Teaching: Resilience for Sustainable Development (MSC)
Areas of Interest:
  • Governance of climate change adaptation and links with international development
  • Responses to climate risks and anticipatory governance
  • Managing for resilience, Ecosystem services, poverty traps and participatory governance

Postgraduate supervision:

Emily is keen to discuss proposals for postgraduate research in the study of the following topics:

  • Critical perspectives on resilience and livelihoods transformations
  • Human development and ecosystem services tradeoffs
  • Adaptive and anticipatory governance in early warning 

Current Supervision:


  • Sara Borgström - Urban ecosystem services and adaptive governance, Stockholm Resilience Centre
  • Björn Nykvist - Multilevel adaptive governance and climate change adaptation, Stockholm Resilience Centre


  • George Neville - Urban livelihoods and water services in Ethiopia (ESRC-DTC, co-supervision Vandana Desai, Royal Holloway)
  • Abdul Razak Saeed - A comparative of REDD governance in Africa (Commonwealth Scholarship)
  • Dennis Mailu - Resilience and urban ecology in Nairobi Kenya (co-supervision Giuseppe Feola)
  • Peter McManners - The Interface between economic globalization and sustainability: challenges and solutions (Reading Social Science Scholarship, co-supervision Steve Musson)
  • Margaret Kunje - Community vulnerability to climate change in Malawi (co-supervision Geoff Griffiths).
  • Hannah Parker - Attribution and climate governance in Africa (principal supervisor Ros Cornforth) (NERC)
  • Izabel Stacewicz - Stakeholder processes and Oil Palm (Reading Scholarship, principal supervisor)
  • Idegbe Ebereonwu - Energy Policy and Environmental Pollution in Nigeria (principal supervisor Chuks Okereke)
  • Tariya Yusuf - The role of stakeholder participation in enhancing sustainable environmental strategies in the context of climate adaptation in Nigeria (principal supervisor Chuks Okereke)
  • Tahia Devisscher - Forest fires and institutions in Bolivia, Oxford University, (principal supervisor Yadvinder Mahli)
  • Diego Galafassi - Transformations from a social ecological network perspective, Sweden, Stockholm University, (principal supervisor Orjan Bodin)
Research groups / Centres:

Key Facts:

Emily is a social scientist specializing in climate change, development and resilience.

She has a BSc (UEA), MSC (Oxon) and PhD in Development Studies from the University of East Anglia, where she studied the governance and consequences of the carbon offsets on rural livelihoods in Bolivia and Brazil.

She then worked as a researcher at the Stockholm Resilience Centre (2005) and as a James Martin/Leverhulme Fellow at Oxford University (2006-2009). She was a lecturer and Deputy Director, Global Development Centre, University of Leeds (2009-2011).

Emily Boyd was appointed Professor in Resilience Geography at Reading in 2013. She was a Reader in Environment and Development at the University of Reading in (2011-2013). Emily is currently a Steering Board member of the Governmental Strategic Research Programme at Stockholm University Ekoklim and Resilience Programme leader at the Centre for Food Security (CFS). She is on the Editorial board of Climate Risk Management and Editorial Associate Journal of Ecology and Society. She has been a reviewer for The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) FAR WGII and Guest Editor for Antipode, Geographical Journal and Development Policy Review. She was a member of Board for Latin America Research Programme, Research Council of Norway (3 year appointment from September 2008). She is a senior research associate of the Stockholm Resilience Centre and an associate of the Walker Institute for Climate Systems Research.

Current projects:

  • Walker Institute, AfClix Early Warning System for Sudan - Collaborative Pilot Project with SMA, Practical Action, Rainwatch (CIMMS), AfClix, and HERG (Walker Research Development Fund/SAGES Internationalisation Fund) (February – January 2014)
  • NERC/ESRC/DFID ESPA What are the ecosystem limits for poverty alleviation and have these limits been exceeded? University of Reading – Oxford (2013-2015)
  • NERC Attributing the impacts of external climate drivers on extreme weather in Africa (ACE) (Oxford –Reading University) (2013-2015)
  • EcoKlim: climate effects on biodiversity, ecosystem services and their governance, Stockholm Resilience Centre (2011-2013)
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This list was generated on Thu Jul 27 06:42:56 2017 BST.
BSc (University of East Angia); MSc (University of Oxford); PhD (University of East Anglia)


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