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.

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