Dr Rachel Turner

Lecturer in Environmental Social Science


I am an environmental social scientist focusing on marine resource governance and coastal communities. My research focuses on understanding how socio-economic and environmental contexts drive resource-use behaviour and have implications for management and governance systems. I am interested in the dynamics of social-ecological systems and how resource users respond to change, and am committed to interdisciplinary research addressing challenges of sustainable natural resource management. My most recent research explored marine resource dependence and identification of supportive governance structures for effective Caribbean coral reef management.

I am also a member of the Geography department in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences.

Research interests

  • Coastal and marine resources
  • Natural resource management and governance
  • Resource-use behaviour and decision-making
  • Perceptions of and responses to environmental change
  • Social-ecological systems
  • Interdisciplinary research methods

Current projects

  • Delivering a Marine Protected Area network for fisheries and biodiversity of Central Africa (Congo and Gabon)
  • Health and hidden vulnerability in UK fishing communities


2010 PhD Social and environmental drivers of fishers’ spatial behaviour in the Northumberland Lobster Fishery (Newcastle University)
2005 MSc Tropical Coastal Management (Newcastle University)
2003 BSc Development Studies (University of East Anglia)


2014 Lecturer, University of Exeter
2010 Research Associate, University of the West Indies

Contact details

Email r.turner@exeter.ac.uk
Telephone  +44 (0)1326 259251
Building Environment and Sustainability Institute
Room 1.14

University of Exeter
Penryn Campus
Cornwall TR10 9FE