Shona Paterson


Name: Shona Paterson


Designation: Senior Post Doc

Academic Unit: MaREI

Shona is Future Earth Coasts Science Officer and a Senior Post Doc at University College Cork. She has a Ph.D. in Coastal Resource Management. Her recent research involves climate risk assessments and adaptation on urbanizing coasts, specifically adaptive capacity, governance, and social justice issues. Her interests include how to use decision-support tools to further knowledge exchange and societal engagement with sustainable and resilient pathways of human development.

Thematic Expertise

Coastal Management, Climate Change Adaptation, Adaptive Capacity, Sustainable Development at the Coast

Geographical Expertise

Caribbean and Latin America (SIDs), the UK, East Africa

Relevant Projects

Climate RISK Ireland (C-Risk) - 

Climate Ireland -!/  

Future Earth Coasts -


Paterson, S.K., Pelling, M., Nunes, L.H., Moreira, F., Guida, K., Marengo, J. 2017. Size does matter: city scale and the asymmetries of climate change adaptation in three coastal towns. Geofourm, Vol 81, pp 109-119

Fraser, A., Paterson, S.K., Pelling, M. 2016. Developing Frameworks to Understand Disaster Causation: From Forensic Disaster Investigation to Risk Root Cause Analysis. Journal of Extreme Events, Vol 3 (2)

Paterson, S.K., Politi, E., Ansong, J. and Le Tissier, M. (2018) Framing marine spatial planning: future orientation and innovation as steps to success for global cooperation and sustainability. In: Marine Spatial Planning: Methodologies, Environmental Issues and Current Trends, D. Kitsiou and M. Karydis (Editors). Nova Science Publishers, Inc. NY, USA. ISBN 978-1-53612-170-4

Normandin, J-M., Therrien, M-C., Pelling, M., Paterson, S.K. (2018) The definition of urban resilience: a negotiated transformation path towards collaborative urban governance. In: Brunetta, G., Caldarice, O., Tollin, N., Rosas-Casals, M., and Morato, J. (eds.).  Urban Resilience for Risk and Adaptation Governance: Theory and Practice. Resilient Cities Book Series: Resilient City: Re-thinking Urban Transformation. UNESCO. ISBN 978-3-319-76944-8