B.Sc., Ph.D.

 
researcher
 

Biography



Dr  Easkey Britton is a professional marine social scientist whose work explores the relationship between people and nature, especially water environments. She has a PhD in Environment and Society from the University of Ulster. Currently a post-doctoral research fellow at the Whitaker Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway, where she co-leads the interdisciplinary NEARHealth work-package on nature-based solutions, exploring the use of blue and green space to restore health and wellbeing. Most recently Britton joined the EU-funded Horizon2020 project, Seas and Oceans for Public Health in Europe (SOPHIE). Her work on SOPHIE will focus on ensuring everyone has a voice in setting the direction of oceans and human health research, identifying key people who should be involved in the stakeholder discussionsA life-long surfer, Easkey’s parents taught her to surf when she was four years old and she channels her passion for surfing and the sea into social change. Her work is deeply influenced by the ocean and the lessons learned pioneering women’s big-wave surfing in Ireland and introducing the sport of surfing with women in Iran. Passionate about facilitating creative & collaborative processes, Easkey founded Like Water, a platform to explore innovative ways to reconnect with who we are, our environment and each other, through water. A recognised international speaker, she was invited by the Science Gallery, Dublin to give an inspiring TEDx talk in 2013: Just Add Surf. Most recently she features in an award-wnning short film, which she also wrote, A Lunar Cycle, about her connection to the sea and its cycles.

Research Interests

Oceans and human health, social wellbeing, blue space, nature connection, resilience, adaptation, gender, social & environmental justice, community engagement, participatory action research, therapeutic geographies, social-ecological systems, social innovations, systems change, cultural politics of lifestyle sports (surfing).

Research Projects

  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

  Year Publication
(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]
(2013) 'Women as agents of wellbeing in Northern Ireland’s fishing households'
Easkey Britton (2013) 'Women as agents of wellbeing in Northern Ireland’s fishing households'. Maritime Studies, 11 (16):1-22 [DOI] [Details]
(2012) 'Assessing the social wellbeing of Northern Ireland’s fishing society using a three-dimensional approach'
Easkey Britton, Sarah Coulthard (2012) 'Assessing the social wellbeing of Northern Ireland’s fishing society using a three-dimensional approach'. Marine Policy, 27 (2013):28-36 [DOI] [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2018) 'Be Like Water: Women making waves'
Britton, E. (2018) 'Be Like Water: Women making waves' In: The Kindness of Strangers. UK: Summersdale. [Details]
(2018) ''Freedom' to surf? Contested spaces on the coast'
Britton, Easkey, Olive, Rebecca and Wheaton, Belinda (2018) ''Freedom' to surf? Contested spaces on the coast' In: Living with the Sea: Knowledge, Awareness and Action. London: Routledge. [Details]
(2017) '‘Be Like Water’: Reflections on Strategies Developing Cross-Cultural Programmes for Women, Surfing and Social Good'
Britton, E. (2017) '‘Be Like Water’: Reflections on Strategies Developing Cross-Cultural Programmes for Women, Surfing and Social Good' In: The Palgrave Handbook of Feminism and Sport, Leisure and Physical Education. London: Palgrave Macmillan. [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 Foyle’s Fishing Communities'
Britton, E. (2014) 'Ghost Boats and Human Freight: The Social Wellbeing Impacts of the Salmon Ban on Lough Foyle’s Fishing Communities' In: Social Issues in Sustainable Fisheries Management. Netherlands: Springer. [DOI] [Details]

Article

  Year Publication
(2015) Blue Mindfulness.
Britton, E. (2015) Blue Mindfulness. Online: Article [Details]
(2015) Trusting the Process.
Britton, E. (2015) Trusting the Process. online: Article [Details]

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
Memoral University of Newfoundland Post-doctoral research fellow 01-MAR-13 / 01-MAR-14

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2013 University of Ulster DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY Environment and Society

Consultancy

  Client Description
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.

Community Engagement

  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