Jessica Blythe

Dr. Jessica Blythe

Assistant Professor, Environmental Sustainability Research Centre

Twitter: @_JessicaBlythe
Please find my Google Scholar profile here

Ph.D. University of Victoria (Geography)
M.A. York University (Geography)
B.Sc. (Honours) Memorial University (Marine Biology)

About Jessica:

I am a social scientist. My research engages in issues related to resilience, climate change adaptation, and transformation. I am particularly interested in how societies experience and respond to change. My research is solution oriented, interdisciplinary, and collaborative.  I explore how to navigate environmental change in ways that promote equality, reduce vulnerability, and foster social-ecological sustainability. Against this backdrop, I ask questions like:

  • what explains differential capacities to translate adaptive capacity into adaptation action?
  • What kinds of behavioural and institutional processes enable the transformations to more sustainable societies

Ultimately, I aim to contribute to innovative research that translates into real-world sustainability solutions.

More About Jessica

Jessica is the faculty lead on the Niagara Adapts Innovative Partnership project.

Diedrich A, Blythe J, Petersen E, Euriga E, Fatchiya A, Shimada T, & Jones C (2019). Socio-economic drivers of adoption of small-scale aquaculture in Indonesia. Sustainability 11(6): 1543.

Blythe J, Silver J, Evans L, Armitage D, Bennett N, Moore M-L, Morrison T, & Brown K (2018) The dark side of transformation: latent risks in contemporary sustainability discourse. Antipode 50(5)

Blythe J, Nash K, Yates J, & Cumming G (2017) Feedbacks as a bridging concept for advancing transdisciplinary sustainability science. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 26: 114-119

Blythe J, Cohen P, Eriksson H, Cinner J, Boso D, Schwarz A-M, & Andrew N (2017) Strengthening post-hoc analysis of community-based fisheries management through the social-ecological systems framework. Marine Policy 82: 50-58

Blythe J, Sulu R, Harohau D, Weeks R, Schwarz A-M, Mills D, & Phillips M (2017) Social dynamics shaping the diffusion of sustainable aquaculture innovations in Solomon Islands. Sustainability 9(1): 126

Blythe J, Cohen P, Abernethy K, & Evans L (2017) Navigating the transformation to community-based resource management. In, Governing the Coastal Commons: Communities, Resilience and Transformation. Armitage D, Charles A, & Berkes F (eds.)

Gurney G, Blythe J, Adams H, Adger N, Curnock M, Faulkner L, James T & Marshall N (2017) Redefining community based on place attachment in a connected world. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114 (38): 10077-10082

Whitney C, Bennett N, Ban N, Allison E, Armitage D, Blythe J, Burt J, Cheung W, Finkbeiner E, Kaplan-Hallam M, Perry I, Turner N & Yumagulova L (2017) Adaptive capacity: from assessment to action in social-ecological systems. Ecology & Society 22(2): 22

Bennett N, Blythe J, Tyler S, & Ban N (2016) Communities and change in the Anthropocene: understanding vulnerability and planning adaptations to multiple interacting exposures. Regional Environmental Change 16(4): 907-926

Cinner J, Pratchett M, Graham N, Messmer V, Fuentes M, Ainsworth T, Ban N, Bay L, Blythe J, et al. (2016) A framework for understanding climate change impacts on coral reef social-ecological systems. Regional Environmental Change: 1-14

Blythe J (2015) Resilience and social thresholds in small-scale fishing communities. Sustainability Science 10(1):157-165

Blythe J, Flaherty M, & Murray G (2015) Vulnerability of coastal livelihoods to shrimp farming: insights from Mozambique. Ambio 44:275-284

Blythe J, Murray G, & Flaherty M (2014) Strengthening threatened communities through adaptation: insights from coastal Mozambique. Ecology & Society 19(2): 6

Blythe J, Murray G, & Flaherty M (2013) Historical perspectives and recent trends in the coastal Mozambican fishery. Ecology & Society 18(4): 65

Blythe J (2013) Social-ecological analysis of integrated agriculture-aquaculture in Dedza, Malawi. Environment, Development, and Sustainability 15(4):1143-1155

Hervey A & Blythe J (2013) Reducing climate change vulnerability in Mozambique: from policy to practice. In, Climate Governance in the Developing World. Held D, Roger C, & Nag E-M (eds.) Polity Press, London, UK, pp. 238-257

BlytheJ, Laurel B, & Brown J (2007) Diel changes in behaviour and habitat use by age-O Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua L.) in the laboratory and field. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 351: 267-275

Kaunda E, Blythe J, Kang’ombe J, & Jere W (2007) Effect of clear plastic pond sheeting on water temperatures and growth of Tilapia rendalli in earthen ponds. Aquaculture Research 38: 1113-1116