Ioan Fazey

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Chair of Social Dimensions of Environmental Change


Research interests

Ioan is an interdisciplinary researcher, using a variety of science and social science methods, collaborating with economists, ecologists, educationalists, quantitative modellers, social scientists, local communities and government and non-government organisations. His current research interests are in:

  • Interactions between people and ecosystems and their services, including valuing environment and environmental conservation
  • Vulnerability, resilience, adaptation and transformation;
  • Understanding processes of Knowledge exchange and expertise for sustainability;
  • Interdisciplinary, participatory and evidence-based methods for understanding and achieving sustainability in complex social-ecological systems;
  • Sustainable learning (How we understand and facilitate learning for change, adaptation and sustainability).

Recent research grants:

Fazey, I (2013). Learning lessons from community based resilience plans. Scottish Government Resilience Division (£10K).

Reed, M., (PI), Kenter, J. (Project manager), Fazey, I. (Co-I), Brady, E. (Co-I) O’Brien, L. (Co-I), Christie, M. (Co-I), Cooper, N. (Co-I), Church, A., (Co-I), Everard, M. (Co-I), Fish, R. (Co-I), Hockley, N. (Co-I), Holland, A. (Co-I), Irvine, K. (Co-I), Ravenscroft, N. (Co-I), Ryan, M. (Co-I), Waylen, K. (Co-I). (2012- Current) National Ecosystem Assessment: Shared, cultural and plural values. DEFRA/NERC/EHRC/AHRC (£250K).

Christie, M. (PI), Kenter, J. (Co-PI), Russel, D. (Co-PI), Fazey, I. (Co-PI), Jordan, A. (Co-PI) and others (Co-I) (2011-current) BRIDGE: bridging the gap between the supply of and demand for valuation evidence. NERC (£50k with £17K to Fazey) through Valuing Nature Network.

Fazey I. (PI) (2006-Current). Livelihoods, vulnerability and managing change in the Solomon Islands. Funds totalling European Union (Funds totalling £120K, including £90K from EU). A long term project in Kahua, Solomon Islands that aims to investigate and assist 40 communities in an isolated region of the Solomon Islands to improve governance of resource-use and build capacity to adapt to rapid social and environmental change, including climate change and the effects of the transition from a subsistence to a monetary economy. The work has included projects on education, resource-use, change, assessments of vegetation change using remote sensing, marine resource assessments, valuation of ecosystem services, local adaptive capacity, participation and social learning.

Fazey I. (PI) Research on adaptive capacity and transformation (2007 – current). This has included impact of teaching of resilience thinking to develop more sophisticated epistemological beliefs of students and contributions to K. O'Brien et al (2009-2011): “Towards a Revolution in Education and Capacity Building”, European Science Foundation Forward Look: Responses to environmental and social challenges for our unsustainable earth (RESCUE). ESF Forward Look 'Frontier of Science' Joint Initiative project.

Fischer, J. Fazey, I (Co-I) and others (Nov 2010- Current). Fostering sustainable development in Eastern Europe. Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (€ 1.5 million).This 4 year project investigates sustainable development in traditional agri-livelihood systems in Transylvania with Romanian partners. Fazey is supervising 2 PhD students and assisting with research design and implementation.

Fazey, I, (PI) Evely, A. (2011-12). Advising the development and implementation of evaluation of knowledge exchange processes for CREW-EPPSI project with James Hutton Institute and St Andrews University. (£10K)

Spray, C. (PI), Fazey, I. (Co-I), Cook, B. (Co-I) and Kesby, M. (Co-I). (2010-11). Gatekeepers of Participation: Water management at the interface of Government and Society. Insight Knowledge Exchange project (£25K).Bringing together international experts to improve understanding of implementing participation in water management.

Reed, M. (P-I), Fazey, I. (Co-I), and L. Stringer (Co-I) (2010 – 2012). Transforming knowledge for sustainable uplands: Transdisciplinary participatory methods for understanding knowledge exchange processes RELU/ESRC (£167k) with the PDRA being supervised by Fazey (£93K).The work has included workshops with experts and will include developing best practice guidelines for Knowledge Exchange.

Petterson, M., Fazey, I. (Co-I), Dibben, C. (Co-I), Gaillard, J.C. (Co-I) (2010-11) Resilience to Volcanic and Tsunami Hazards within Indigenous Communities: Savo Volcano Solomon Islands and applications to other archipelago nations. NERC (£25K).A project co-managed by University St Andrews, Leicester University and Auckland University. This has included high level research workshops, community visits in the Solomon Islands and workshops with government and NGOs in the Solomon Islands.

Christie M. (PI), Fazey I (Co-PI) (2008). An Evaluation of Economic and Non-economic Techniques to Assess the Importance of Biodiversity to People in Developing Countries. DEFRA. (£50K).evaluation of economic and non-economic techniques for assessing the importance of biodiversity to people in developing countries.

Christie M (PI), Dennis P (Co-I), Fazey I (Co-I), Hyde T (Co-I), Warren J (Co-I), Thomas C (Co-I), Garrod B (Co-I), Gibbons J (Co-I) and Hanley N (Co-I). (2007-2010). Economic Valuation of the Benefits of the UK Biodiversity Action Plan, DEFRA (£200K).


Academic Background

2008 Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education, Aberystwyth University

2001-2005 PhD at the Australian National University, Canberra. The nature and role of experiential knowledge for conservation - this included work with farmers and National Parks and Wildlife Staff about their understanding of the complex social and ecological dynamics of an extensive wetland system.

1998-2001 Ecological and conservation projects in UK and abroad.

1997-1998 M.Sc. in Ecology at the University of Wales, Bangor

1993-1997 B.Sc. in Zoology (Animal Ecology) at the University of Aberdeen


2015 - Driector Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience

2013 - current Professor Social Dimensions of Environmental Change, University of Dundee

2011- 2013 Senior Lecturer Sustainable Development, University of St Andrews

2009 - 2011 Lecturer Sustainable Development, University of St Andrews

2006 - June 2009 Lecturer Sustainable Rural Development, Aberystwyth University

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Recent publications




O'Brien, K., Reams, J., Caspari, A., Dugmore, A., Faghihimani, M., Fazey, I., Hackmann, H., Manuel-Navarrete, D., Marks, J., Miller, R., Raivio, K., Romero-Lankao, P., Virje, H., Vogel, C., Winiwarter, V., (In Press). You Say you want a Revolution? Transforming Education and Capacity Building in Response to Global Change Environmental Science & Policy. Environmental Science and Policy.

Cook, B.R., Atkinson, M., Chalmers, H., Comins, L., Cooksley, S., Deans, N., Fazey, I., Fenemor, A.D., Kesby, M., Litke, S., Marshall, D., Spray, C.J. (In Press). Interrogating Participatory Catchment Organizations: Cases from Canada, New Zealand, Scotland, and the Scottish/English Borderlands. The Geographical Journal.

Fazey, I., Evely, A.C., Reed, M.R., Stringer, L.C., Kruijsen, J.H.J., White, P.C.L., Newsham, A., Jin, L., Cortazzi, M., Phillipson, J., Blackstock, K.L., Entwistle, N., Sheate, W.R., Armstrong, F., Blackmore, C., Fazey, J.A., Ingram, J., Gregson, J., Lowe, P., Morton, S., Trevitt, C. (In Press). Knowledge Exchange: a review and research agenda for environmental management. Environmental Conservation.

Christie, M., I. Fazey, R. Cooper, T. Hyde, and J. Kenter. (In Press). An Evaluation of Monetary and Non-monetary Techniques for Assessing the Importance of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services to People in countries with developing economies. Ecological Economics.

Reed MS, Bonn A, Broad K, Burgess P, Fazey I, Fraser EDG, Hubacek K, Nainggolan D, Roberts P, Quinn CH, Stringer LC, Thorpe S, Walton DD, Ravera F, Redpath S (In Press) Participatory scenario development for environmental management: a methodological framework. Journal of Environmental Management.

Reed MS, Podesta G, Fazey I, Beharry NC, Coen R, Geeson N, Hessel R, Hubacek K, Letson D, Nainggolan D, Prell C, Psarra D, Rickenbach MG, Schwilch G, Stringer LC, Thomas AD (In press) Combining theoretical frameworks to assess livelihood vulnerability to climate change: a literature review. Ecological Economics.

Reed MS, Fazey I, Stringer LC, Raymond CM, Akhtar-Schuster M, Begni G, Bigas H, Brehm S, Briggs J, Bryce R, Buckmaster S, Chanda R, Davies J, Diez E, Essahli W, Evely A, Geeson N, Hartmann I, Holden J, Hubacek K, Ioris I, Kruger B, Laureano P, Phillipson J, Prell C, Quinn CH, Reeves AD, Seely M, Thomas R, van der Werff Ten Bosch MJ, Vergunst P, Wagner L (In Press) Knowledge management for land degradation monitoring and assessment: an analysis of contemporary thinking. Land Degradation & Development.

Fischer, J., Dyball, R., Fazey, I., Gross, C., Dovers, S., Ehrlich, P.R., Brulle, R.J., Christensen, C., Borden, R.J., 2012. Human behaviour and sustainability. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 10, 153-160.

Sherren, K., Fischer, J., Fazey, I., 2012. Managing the grazing landscape: Insights for agricultural adaptation from a mid-drought photo-elicitation study in the Australian sheep-wheat belt. Agricultural Systems 106, 72-83.

Fazey, I., Pettorelli, N., Hyde, T., Kenter, J.O., Wagatora, D., Schuett, D., 2011. Maladaptative trajectories of change in Makira, Solomon Islands. Global Environmental Change 21, 1275-1289.

Kenter, J.O., Hyde, T., Christie, M., Fazey, I., 2011. The importance of deliberation in valuing ecosystem services in developing countries-Evidence from the Solomon Islands. Global Environmental Change-Human and Policy Dimensions 21, 505-521.

Evely, A.C., Pinard, M., Reed, M.S., Fazey, I., 2011. High levels of participation in conservation projects enhance learning. Conservation Letters 4, 116-126.

Conrad, E., Cassar, L.F., Christie, M., Fazey, I. 2011, Hearing but not listening? A participatory assessment of public participation in planning. Environment and Planning C-Government and Policy 29, 761-782.

Conrad, E., Christie, M., Fazey, I. 2011. Is research keeping up with changes in landscape policy? A review of the literature. Journal of Environmental Management 92, 2097-2108.

Conrad, E., Cassar, L.F., Jones, M., Eiter, S., Izakovicova, Z., Barankova, Z., Christie, M., Fazey, I., 2011. Rhetoric and reporting of public participation in landscape policy. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning 13, 23-47.

Conrad, E., Christie, M., Fazey, I., 2011. Understanding public perceptions of landscape: A case study from Gozo, Malta. Applied Geography 31, 159-170.

Fazey, I., 2010. Resilience and Higher Order Thinking. Ecology and Society 15, 22.

Evely, A.C., Fazey, I., Lambin, X., Lambert, E., Allen, S., Pinard, M. (2010). Defining and evaluating the impact of cross-disciplinary conservation research. Environmental Conservation 37, 442-450.

Fazey, I., Gamarra, J.G.P., Fischer, J., Reed, M.S., Stringer, L.C., Christie, M. (2010). Adaptation strategies for reducing vulnerability to future environmental change. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 8, 414-422.

Fazey, I., Kesby, M., Evely, A., Latham, I., Wagatora, D., Hagasua, J.E., Reed, M.S., Christie, M. (2010). A three-tiered approach to participatory vulnerability assessment in the Solomon Islands. Global Environmental Change-Human and Policy Dimensions 20, 713-728.

Raymond, C.M., Fazey, I., Reed, M.S., Stringer, L.C., Robinson, G.M., Evely, A.C. (2010). Integrating local and scientific knowledge for environmental management. Journal of Environmental Management 91, 1766-1777.

Reed, M.S., Evely, A.C., Cundill, G., Fazey, I., Glass, J., Laing, A., Newig, J., Parrish, B., Prell, C., Raymond, C., Stringer, L.C., (2010). What is social learning? Ecology and Society 15, r1.