Sustainability science, climate adaptation and resilience, development, governance.
Emily Boyd is Professor in sustainability studies and a leading social scientist with a specialist focus on environment and climate change. Her unique focus has been on the interdisciplinary nexus of poverty, livelihoods and resilience in relation to global environmental change, focusing on issues pertaining to cities, sustainable land use, water and deforestation in Africa, Latin America, South-East Asia and Europe. Her work has been published across the social and sustainability sciences with notable publications on resilience, adaptation and the politics and practice of community participation in the new carbon economy.
Emily Boyd's current research focus in on undesirable resilience, politics of loss and damage and intersectionality in societal transitions, including on transformations under climate change.
FATHUM (Forecasts for Anticipatory HUManitarian action)
MISTY (Migration, Transformation and Sustainability (NORFACE Belmont Forum)
Past research and leadership
Emily Boyd was previously a professor in resilience geography (2013-2016) and a reader in environment and development (2011-2013) at University of Reading. She has previously had a number of leadership roles as research division lead for global development at University of Reading, including departmental impact lead and research director in the School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Sciences (SAGES), Reading University.
Her past research includes fieldwork in Mozambique where she was co-lead on a UN award-winning research project with informal settlements in Maputo, and on resilience and food security among coffee and cocoa producers in Ethiopia and Ghana as part of an ESPA, NERC-ESRC-DFID funded consortium project.
Since, 2000 Emily has taught and coordinated a number of sustainability and development related courses. Her teaching portfolio includes topics on sustainability, geographies of resilience, climate change and development, and research methods.
At LUCSUS, Emily Boyd runs the LUMES masters course Resilience and Sustainable Development (2018-).
She has been graduate supervisor to up to 40 PhD and Masters theses.