Photo: Dr. Jessica Blythe, Assistant Professor, Environmental Sustainability Research Centre
Dr. Jessica Blythe holds a B.Sc. in Biology from Memorial University, a M.A. in Geography from York University, and Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Victoria. Following the completion of her PhD, she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at WorldFish and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reed Studies at James Cook University.
Dr. Blythe joins the ESRC as an Assistant Professor after leaving her SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow role in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo. Dr. Blythe is an environmental social scientist with expertise in resilience and sustainability science. Broadly, her research aims to understand how communities perceive and respond to social-ecological change (including climate change), and their differential capacities for adaptation and transformation. Her empirical work has taken place with communities in Australia, Canada, Malawi, Mozambique, and Solomon Islands. Findings from her research have appeared in a wide diversity of journals, such as Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Sustainability Science and Regional Environmental Change. She is recipient of the Andy Farquharson Award for Teaching Excellence form the University of Victoria as well as the Three Minute Thesis Early Career Research winner at the ARC Centre for Coral Reef Studies.
“We welcome an exceptional scholar to the ESRC and Brock University” said Dr. Ryan Plummer, Director of the Environmental Sustainably Research Centre. “Jessica will make an indelible mark on the field of sustainability science and catalyze the trajectory of the ESRC as an international Centre of excellence”.