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Dr Rachel Turner

Dr Rachel Turner

Senior Lecturer in Environmental Social Science

 01326 259251

 Environment and Sustainability Institute 0.13

 

Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK

 Office hours:

Drop in office hours term 1:

Wk 10-11: Tue 9-10 and Wed 11-12

Wk 12: Email me for appointment

Overview

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 behavior 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. Recent research has explored marine resource dependence and identification of supportive governance structures for effective Caribbean coral reef management. Current work in the UK focuses on wellbeing of fishers and fishing communities with a focus on health.

I am a member of the Environment and Sustainability Institute and of the Geography department in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences.

Qualifications

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)

Career

2018 Senior Lecturer in Environmental Social Science, University of Exeter

2014 Lecturer in Environmental Social Science, University of Exeter

2010 Research Associate, University of the West Indies

Research group links

Research

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

Research projects

  • English Marine Spatial Planning and the Ocean Health Index
  • Delivering a Marine Protected Area network for fisheries and biodiversity of Central Africa 
  • Health and hidden vulnerability in UK fishing communities

Key publications



Gill DA, Oxenford HA, Turner RA, Schuhmann PW (In Press). Making the most of data-poor fisheries: low cost mapping of small island fisheries to inform policy. Marine Policy Full text. DOI.
Sainsbury NC, Genner MJ, Saville GR, Pinnegar JK, O Neill CK, Simpson SD, Turner RA (2018). Changing storminess and global capture fisheries. Nature Climate Change, 8(8), 655-659. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Turner R, Szaboova L, Williams G (2018). Constraints to healthcare access among commercial fishers. Social Science and Medicine, 216 Full text. DOI.
Woodhead A, Abernethy K, Szaboova L, Turner R (2018). Health in fishing communities: a global perspective. Fish and Fisheries Full text. DOI.
Coulthard S, Evans L, Turner R, Mills D, Foale S, Abernethy K, Hicks C, Monnereau I (2017). Exploring 'islandness' and the impacts of nature conservation through the lens of wellbeing. Environmental Conservation, 44(3), 298-309. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Turner RA, Forster J, Fitzsimmons C, Gill D, Mahon R, Peterson A, Stead S (2017). Social fit of coral reef governance varies among individuals. Conservation Letters, 11(3), e12422-e12422. Full text. DOI.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Gill DA, Oxenford HA, Turner RA, Schuhmann PW (In Press). Making the most of data-poor fisheries: low cost mapping of small island fisheries to inform policy. Marine Policy Full text. DOI.
Sainsbury NC, Genner MJ, Saville GR, Pinnegar JK, O Neill CK, Simpson SD, Turner RA (2018). Changing storminess and global capture fisheries. Nature Climate Change, 8(8), 655-659. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Turner R, Szaboova L, Williams G (2018). Constraints to healthcare access among commercial fishers. Social Science and Medicine, 216 Full text. DOI.
Woodhead A, Abernethy K, Szaboova L, Turner R (2018). Health in fishing communities: a global perspective. Fish and Fisheries Full text. DOI.
Metcalfe K, Bréheret N, Chauvet E, Collins T, Curran BK, Parnell RJ, Turner RA, Witt MJ, Godley BJ (2018). Using satellite AIS to improve our understanding of shipping and fill gaps in ocean observation data to support marine spatial planning. Journal of Applied Ecology, 55(4), 1834-1845. Abstract. DOI.
Forster J, Turner RA, Fitzsimmons C, Peterson AM, Mahon R, Stead SM (2017). Evidence of a common understanding of proximate and distal drivers of reef health. Marine Policy, 84, 263-272. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Coulthard S, Evans L, Turner R, Mills D, Foale S, Abernethy K, Hicks C, Monnereau I (2017). Exploring 'islandness' and the impacts of nature conservation through the lens of wellbeing. Environmental Conservation, 44(3), 298-309. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Turner RA, Forster J, Fitzsimmons C, Gill D, Mahon R, Peterson A, Stead S (2017). Social fit of coral reef governance varies among individuals. Conservation Letters, 11(3), e12422-e12422. Full text. DOI.
Monnereau I, Mahon R, McConney P, Nurse L, Turner R, Valles H (2017). The impact of methodological choices on the outcome of national-­level climate change vulnerability assessments: an example from the global fisheries sector. Fish and Fisheries Full text. DOI.
Metcalfe K, Collins T, Abernethy KE, Boumba R, Dengui J-C, Miyalou R, Parnell RJ, Plummer KE, Russell DJ, Safou GK, et al (2016). Addressing Uncertainty in Marine Resource Management; Combining Community Engagement and Tracking Technology to Characterize Human Behavior. Conservation Letters, 10(4), 460-469. Full text. DOI.
Turner R, Addison J, Arias A, Bergseth BJ, Marshall NA, Morrison TH, Tobin RC (2016). Trust, confidence, and equity affect the legitimacy of natural resource. governance. Ecology and Society: a journal of integrative science for resilience and sustainability, 21 Full text. DOI.
Turner RA, Polunin NVC, Stead SM (2015). Mapping inshore fisheries: Comparing observed and perceived distributions of pot fishing activity in Northumberland. Marine Policy, 51, 173-181. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Turner RA, Fitzsimmons C, Forster, J, Mahon R, Peterson A, Stead S (2014). Measuring good governance for complex ecosystems: Perceptions of coral reef-dependent communities in the Caribbean. Global Environmental Change(29), 105-117. Full text.
Turner RA, Polunin NVC, Stead SM (2014). Social networks and fishers' behavior: Exploring the links between information flow and fishing success in the Northumberland lobster fishery. Ecology and Society, 19(2). Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Turner RA, Gray T, Polunin NVC, Stead SM (2013). Territoriality as a Driver of Fishers' Spatial Behavior in the Northumberland Lobster Fishery. Society and Natural Resources, 26(5), 491-505. Abstract. DOI.
Wilson SK, Fisher R, Pratchett MS, Graham NAJ, Dulvy NK, Turner RA, Cakacaka A, Polunin NVC (2010). Habitat degradation and fishing effects on the size structure of coral reef fish communities. Ecological Applications, 20(2), 442-451. DOI.
WILSON SK, FISHER R, PRATCHETT MS, GRAHAM NAJ, DULVY NK, TURNER RA, CAKACAKA A, POLUNIN NVC, RUSHTON SP (2008). Exploitation and habitat degradation as agents of change within coral reef fish communities. Global Change Biology, 14(12), 2796-2809. DOI.
Turner RA, Cakacaka A, Graham NAJ, Polunin NVC, Pratchett MS, Stead SM, Wilson SK (2007). Declining reliance on marine resources in remote South Pacific societies: Ecological versus socio-economic drivers. Coral Reefs, 26(4), 997-1008. Abstract. DOI.

Chapters

Turner R, Gill D, FItzsimmons C, Forster J, Mahon R, Peterson A, Stead S (2018). Supporting Enhancement of Stewardship in Small-Scale Fisheries: Perceptions of Governance Among Caribbean Coral Reef Fishers. In Salas S, Barragán-Paladines M, Chuenpagdee R (Eds.) Viability and Sustainability of Small-Scale Fisheries in Latin America and the Caribbean, Springer. Abstract.

Publications by year



In Press

Gill DA, Oxenford HA, Turner RA, Schuhmann PW (In Press). Making the most of data-poor fisheries: low cost mapping of small island fisheries to inform policy. Marine Policy Full text. DOI.

2018

Sainsbury NC, Genner MJ, Saville GR, Pinnegar JK, O Neill CK, Simpson SD, Turner RA (2018). Changing storminess and global capture fisheries. Nature Climate Change, 8(8), 655-659. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Turner R, Szaboova L, Williams G (2018). Constraints to healthcare access among commercial fishers. Social Science and Medicine, 216 Full text. DOI.
Woodhead A, Abernethy K, Szaboova L, Turner R (2018). Health in fishing communities: a global perspective. Fish and Fisheries Full text. DOI.
Turner R, Gill D, FItzsimmons C, Forster J, Mahon R, Peterson A, Stead S (2018). Supporting Enhancement of Stewardship in Small-Scale Fisheries: Perceptions of Governance Among Caribbean Coral Reef Fishers. In Salas S, Barragán-Paladines M, Chuenpagdee R (Eds.) Viability and Sustainability of Small-Scale Fisheries in Latin America and the Caribbean, Springer. Abstract.
Metcalfe K, Bréheret N, Chauvet E, Collins T, Curran BK, Parnell RJ, Turner RA, Witt MJ, Godley BJ (2018). Using satellite AIS to improve our understanding of shipping and fill gaps in ocean observation data to support marine spatial planning. Journal of Applied Ecology, 55(4), 1834-1845. Abstract. DOI.

2017

Forster J, Turner RA, Fitzsimmons C, Peterson AM, Mahon R, Stead SM (2017). Evidence of a common understanding of proximate and distal drivers of reef health. Marine Policy, 84, 263-272. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Coulthard S, Evans L, Turner R, Mills D, Foale S, Abernethy K, Hicks C, Monnereau I (2017). Exploring 'islandness' and the impacts of nature conservation through the lens of wellbeing. Environmental Conservation, 44(3), 298-309. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Turner RA, Forster J, Fitzsimmons C, Gill D, Mahon R, Peterson A, Stead S (2017). Social fit of coral reef governance varies among individuals. Conservation Letters, 11(3), e12422-e12422. Full text. DOI.
Monnereau I, Mahon R, McConney P, Nurse L, Turner R, Valles H (2017). The impact of methodological choices on the outcome of national-­level climate change vulnerability assessments: an example from the global fisheries sector. Fish and Fisheries Full text. DOI.

2016

Metcalfe K, Collins T, Abernethy KE, Boumba R, Dengui J-C, Miyalou R, Parnell RJ, Plummer KE, Russell DJ, Safou GK, et al (2016). Addressing Uncertainty in Marine Resource Management; Combining Community Engagement and Tracking Technology to Characterize Human Behavior. Conservation Letters, 10(4), 460-469. Full text. DOI.
Turner R, Addison J, Arias A, Bergseth BJ, Marshall NA, Morrison TH, Tobin RC (2016). Trust, confidence, and equity affect the legitimacy of natural resource. governance. Ecology and Society: a journal of integrative science for resilience and sustainability, 21 Full text. DOI.

2015

Turner RA, Polunin NVC, Stead SM (2015). Mapping inshore fisheries: Comparing observed and perceived distributions of pot fishing activity in Northumberland. Marine Policy, 51, 173-181. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.

2014

Turner RA, Fitzsimmons C, Forster, J, Mahon R, Peterson A, Stead S (2014). Measuring good governance for complex ecosystems: Perceptions of coral reef-dependent communities in the Caribbean. Global Environmental Change(29), 105-117. Full text.
Turner RA, Polunin NVC, Stead SM (2014). Social networks and fishers' behavior: Exploring the links between information flow and fishing success in the Northumberland lobster fishery. Ecology and Society, 19(2). Abstract.  Full text. DOI.

2013

Turner RA, Gray T, Polunin NVC, Stead SM (2013). Territoriality as a Driver of Fishers' Spatial Behavior in the Northumberland Lobster Fishery. Society and Natural Resources, 26(5), 491-505. Abstract. DOI.

2010

Wilson SK, Fisher R, Pratchett MS, Graham NAJ, Dulvy NK, Turner RA, Cakacaka A, Polunin NVC (2010). Habitat degradation and fishing effects on the size structure of coral reef fish communities. Ecological Applications, 20(2), 442-451. DOI.

2008

WILSON SK, FISHER R, PRATCHETT MS, GRAHAM NAJ, DULVY NK, TURNER RA, CAKACAKA A, POLUNIN NVC, RUSHTON SP (2008). Exploitation and habitat degradation as agents of change within coral reef fish communities. Global Change Biology, 14(12), 2796-2809. DOI.

2007

Turner RA, Cakacaka A, Graham NAJ, Polunin NVC, Pratchett MS, Stead SM, Wilson SK (2007). Declining reliance on marine resources in remote South Pacific societies: Ecological versus socio-economic drivers. Coral Reefs, 26(4), 997-1008. Abstract. DOI.

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