Meet our new colleagues: Dr Shona Paterson

Dr Shona Koren Paterson joined us as Brunel’s first Global Challenges Research Fellow. During her stay with us, Dr Paterson’s transdisciplinary research will focus on global flood risk and resilience.

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Dr Paterson’s work is driven by international frameworks such as the UN 2030 Agenda and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.


She holds a Ph.D. in Coastal Resource Management from East Carolina University, USA and received her MSc in Tropical Coastal Management from Newcastle University, UK.


Shona has extensive experience in the Caribbean, the Americas, and the UK where her research has focussed on numerous interlinked areas including coastal resource management, climate adaptation and adaptive capacity in urbanising coastal areas, governance and social justice, and the society-policy-practice nexus. She has spent her working career building partnerships and knowledge exchange networks with local communities and stakeholders to achieve mutually beneficial social and ecological goals.

Top downloads for 4 star journal article by Dr Marcia Christina Ferreira

Recently, it was announced that a collaborative research project involving Dr Marcia Christina Ferreira (Lecturer in Marketing and Operations), which has been accepted for the leading 4* journal, Academy of Management Learning and Education, has received the highest number of views on the prominent website The Conversation” .


The details of the article are: Belk, M., Brouard, M., Brunk, KH., Dalmoro, M., Ferreira, MC., Figueiredo, B., et al. (2018) ‘Isolation in Globalizing Academic Fields: A Collaborative Autoethnography of Early Career Researchers‘. Academy of Management Learning and Education. ISSN: 1537-260X. The associated The Conversation article, was entitled “Overworked and isolated: the rising epidemic of loneliness in academia” and can be accessed by following the link:


As the title of the journal article attests, the research explores a topic that is of particular global interest for academia.


Commenting on the news, Dr Ferreira reflected:

Of course, getting an article published in a four star journal is wonderful but to also discover that our article is of such great interest and, furthermore, has achieved the highest number of downloads is a double whammy for all of us involved in this highly topical study!”