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Profile: Dr Johanna Wadsley

Dr Johanna Wadsley

About me

I am a Research Associate on the AHRC-funded project, Sounding Coastal Change (AHRC, PI Revill, 'Listening to Climate Change'):

I am particularly interested in coastal lives and livelihoods in the context of environmental change.

The project leader, Dr George Revill, spent the last ten years trying to persuade me to deploy the knowledge and skills of my first profession in a research project about sound and geography; I was formerly a professional orchestral percussionist and youth ensemble conductor, in Tasmania, Australia. Eventually I gave in (it wasn’t a difficult decision), but not before undertaking postgraduate and postdoctoral research into moral economies of resource and environmental governance, public-private sector engagement, and research involving expert insiders and elite groups. I received my PhD from The Open University in 2012.

Also in 2012, together with Dr Duika Burges Watson (Newcastle, formerly Durham) I was the recipient of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Neville Shulman Challenge Award, for the research expedition Hugging the Coast: an exploration by sea kayak of liminal living in the Sangihe Archipelago, Sulawesi Utara, Indonesia. This project built upon my experience as a wilderness educator and mountain expedition leader, having trained and certified with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS, USA) in 2000-2001.

I have been a module team member for Environment: journeys through a changing world (U116, Block 3: Nile Limits), Environment: sharing a dynamic planet (DST206) and Earth in crisis: environmental policy in an international context (DU311).

Second only to reading vast amounts of science fiction, my other hobby is performing with London’s Orchestra of the City as Principal Timpanist.