Glen Smith is a social scientist with a particular interest in the governance of socio-ecological systems. How do citizens engage with the management of natural resources? Is decision making fair, participatory and transparent? Is there room for improvement in these processes?
Glen completed his PhD at the Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø. His research focused on the new system of marine spatial planning (MSP) in Scotland, and how this system is being governed. His first postdoctoral position was at University College Cork where he investigated the process of adapting to climate change on Ireland’s coast. Coastal communities will face some of the most severe impacts of rising sea levels and increased storm frequency and intensity. Policy and planning processes need to be well aligned to support this adaptation at the land/sea interface.
Currently, Glen is working on the SOLARIS project (SOLidarity in climate change Adaptation policies: towards more socio-spatial justice in the face of multiple RISks). This international project (with partners in Belgium, Finland and France) considers the spatial distribution of flood risk and of measures to adapt to flood risk. The goal is to understand how just and equal the approaches to adapt to flood risk are. Fairness, participation, and transparency are central themes.
English (native); German (native); Spanish (intermediate); Norwegian (basic)
Natural resource management and governance systems. In particular related to marine spatial planning (MSP).
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)-funded SOLARIS project: SOLidarity in climate change Adaptation policies: towards more socio-spatial justice in the face of multiple RISks (JPI Climate)