James Waters

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e-mail address
james.waters@uea.ac.uk
First Name
James
Surname
Waters
Institution
University of East Anglia
Phone
+44 (0)1603 591378
Postal Address

Tyndall Centre University of East Anglia Norwich Norfolk. NR4 7TJ. United Kingdom

Current Position
PhD Researcher
Research Interests

resilience, ecosystem services, ecosystem-based adaptation, peri-urban dynamics

Research Themes

CITIES AND COASTS

PhD Researchers Profile

Duration of your PhD
2009/2012
Thesis's Supervisor
Prof Neil Adger
Funder
ESRC
My Thesis' Abstract

'Building resilience in rapidly urbanising areas: the role of ecosystem services'

My research focuses on the use of natural resources in rapidly urbanising areas. Urbanisation is changing the face of the planet, especially in developing nations, as people flock to cities often to end up in slums or informal settlements. Natural ecosystems have the potential to provide a wide range of benefits that underpin human well-being; these are called ‘ecosystem services’ and range from food production to regulation of infectious disease. My research will assess how urbanisation is affecting the availability and distribution of ecosystem services, how people’s preferences for ecosystem services change as they move to cities, and what tradeoffs develop. Framing this is the question of what role ecosystem services play in the resilience of these communities to change.

Expertise

Adaptation Theory and Practice
Development

History

Member for
7 years 21 weeks
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