Jessica Blythe

Postdoctoral Research Fellow


I am an environmental social scientist with expertise in resilience and sustainability science. At the broadest scale, my research aims to understand how communities perceive and respond to social-ecological change (including climate change), and their differential capacities for adaptation and transformation. One branch of my empirical work is grounded in coastal systems, where I draw on complexity and commons theory to explore the influence of social-ecological dynamics on resource management and livelihood outcomes. A second strand of my empirical work focuses on transformations towards sustainability, where I use the Transition Town movement as a case to better understand the politics of urban transitions. Over the past decade, I have been fortunate to work with communities and colleagues in Australia, Canada, Malawi, Mozambique, and Solomon Islands. Please find a summary of my publications on Google Scholar.