Post Doctoral Researcher
Post-doctoral research fellow at the Whitaker Institute and member of the research cluster for Social Innovation, Participation and Policy (SIPP), Dr. Easkey Britton co-leads the interdisciplinary NEAR-Health work package on nature-based solutions: a framework to use coastal blue and green space to restore health and wellbeing. Britton also holds an honorary visiting research fellowship in Sport and Leisure Studies at the University of Waikato. A marine social scientist with a PhD in Environment and Society from University of Ulster, Easkey is channeling her passion for surfing and the sea into social change. Her parents taught her to surf when she was four years old and her life has revolved around the ocean ever since. Co-founder of the non-profit Waves of Freedom which uses the power of surfing as a creative medium for social good in places like Iran and co-organised the world's first Surf for Social Good Summit in 2015. A recent graduate from THNKs School of Creative Leadership, Easkeys work is deeply influenced by the ocean and the lessons learned pioneering womens big-wave surfing at spots like Mullaghmore, Co.Sligo, which led her to be invited to give an inspiring TEDx talk in 2013: Just Add Surf
Social wellbeing, blue space, health (human and ocean), nature connection, resilience, adaptation, gender, community engagement, participatory action research, therapeutic geographies, social-ecological systems, social innovations, systems change, cultural politics of lifestyle sports (surfing).
|Project||Start Date||End Date|
|The Nature and Environment to Attain and Restore (NEAR) Health Project||01-FEB-16||01-FEB-19|
Peer Reviewed Journals
|(2015)|| 'Waving or Drowning: An Exploration of Adaptive Strategies Amongst Fishing Households and Implications for Wellbeing Outcomes'
Coulthard, S. and Britton, E. (2015) 'Waving or Drowning: An Exploration of Adaptive Strategies Amongst Fishing Households and Implications for Wellbeing Outcomes'. Sociologica Ruralis, 55 (3):275-290 [DOI] [Details]
|(2014)|| 'Women as agents of wellbeing in Northern Irelands fishing households'
Easkey Britton (2014) 'Women as agents of wellbeing in Northern Irelands fishing households'. Maritime Studies, 11 (16):1-22 [DOI] [Details]
|(2013)|| 'Assessing the social wellbeing of Northern Irelands fishing society using a three-dimensional approach'
Easkey Britton, Sarah Coulthard (2013) 'Assessing the social wellbeing of Northern Irelands fishing society using a three-dimensional approach'. Marine Policy, 27 (2013):28-36 [DOI] [Details]
|(2015)|| 'Just add surf: The power of surfing as a medium to challenge and transform gender inequalities'
Britton, E. (2015) 'Just add surf: The power of surfing as a medium to challenge and transform gender inequalities' In: Sustainable Stoke: Transitions to Sustainability in the Surfing World. UK: University Plymouth Press. [Details]
|(2014)|| 'Ghost Boats and Human Freight: The Social Wellbeing Impacts of the Salmon Ban on Lough Foyles Fishing Communities'
Britton, E. (2014) 'Ghost Boats and Human Freight: The Social Wellbeing Impacts of the Salmon Ban on Lough Foyles Fishing Communities' In: Social Issues in Sustainable Fisheries Management. Netherlands: Springer. [DOI] [Details]
|Employer||Position||From / To|
|Memoral University of Newfoundland||Post-doctoral research fellow||01-MAR-13 / 01-MAR-14|
|2013||University of Ulster||DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY||Environment and Society|
|Wildlife Conservation Society||
Development and analysis of a rapid assessment framework and toolkit to assess gender perspectives on livelihood security in fish-dependent coastal communities.
|Title||Type||From / To|
|Other||Surf + Social Good Summit||15-MAY-15 / 18-MAY-15|
|Outreach||Be Like Water initiative||28-AUG-15 / 28-MAY-16|
|Other||Into the Sea||28-AUG-13 / 06-MAR-15|
|Outreach||Surfing Association of Papua New Guinea||21-JAN-15 / 01-FEB-16|
|Board Membership||Waves of Freedom||07-MAR-14 / 30-SEP-16|