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Scholarly biography

Mary Gearey is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Environment and Technology. She has twenty years’ research experience in water resources management and governance, gained through interdisciplinary practice throughout the EU and sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr Gearey undertakes empirical qualitative fieldwork to explore the corresponding relationships between practices of community resilience and water resources policy, planning and management in the context of Sustainable Futures.  Her work is inter-disciplinary, orientated around emerging modes of governance within natural resources management informed by her background in International Development. 

Dr Gearey’s research has been funded through NERC, the European Union, the Daphne Jackson Trust, the Landscape Research Group and the Royal Academy of Engineers amongst others.

Dr Gearey’s current research project is WetlandLIFE (www.wetlandlife.org) part of the Valuing Nature Programme. She is a management board member of the Centre for Aquatic environments https://www.brighton.ac.uk/aquatic/index.aspx

Approach to teaching

My commitment to Sustainable Futures scholarship and dialogue means that I am constantly reworking, refining my understanding and exposing myself to new ideas and approaches. I apply this same approach to my teaching – encouraging students to challenge themselves in their learning. I have committed years of my life to my development work in the field and to academic study – which has involved sacrifice and hard work. I hope to share with our students the potential they have to make a significant contribution to the world around them and to communicate that through the academic training we give them we help them develop the skills and the confidence to enable them to pursue their life’s ambitions.

Research interests

My research interests lie in seeking to bridge the disjuncture between climate change science, water resources management practice and local articulations and experiences of changing water environments. My work is critically engaged with understanding how developed economies organize and manage their freshwater resources with regards to transitioning towards sustainable futures in the context of climate change. At heart my research explores why climate change narratives are still failing to resonate with most citizens, and are still not embedded within organisational praxis, and seeks to determine what approaches may close these gaps in order to support transitions towards sustainable futures. Inherent to this line of questioning are explorations of emergent forms of citizenship, discourses of governance and the links between landscape, taskscape and community within the late capitalist era. I draw on the work of Karen Bakker, Noel Castree, Eric Swyngedouw, Neil Adger and Tim Ingold to undertake empirical qualitative fieldwork which interrogates the political, cultural and physical intersections which co-create our sense of place, and our intimate, immediate relationship with our water environments

Supervisory Interests

I am interested in supervising postgraduate research students in the following areas: community led water resource governance; sustainable water futures; elder environmental activism; nature-based solutions for climate change adaptation, degrowth theory in relation to environmental citizenship.

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resilience Social Sciences
water resource Earth & Environmental Sciences
water Earth & Environmental Sciences
sustainability Earth & Environmental Sciences
politics Social Sciences
book review Social Sciences
radicalism Social Sciences
management practice Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Research Output 2004 2019

Chronos and Kairos: Time, water, memory and the wayfaring riverbank

Gearey, M., 3 Feb 2019, (Accepted/In press) Monsoon [+other] Waters. Bremner, L. (ed.). London, p. 155-163

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapterResearch

Kairos
Water
Spring
Village
Aesthetics

From the hydrosocial to the hydrocitizen: water, place and subjectivity within emergent urban wetlands

Gearey, M., Ravenscroft, N. & Church, A., 7 Feb 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
Wetlands
Public Space
Water
Subjectivity
Local Communities

Nature-based solutions: Barcelona's 'sustainable city' vision

Gearey, M., 2 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) Spring 2019

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Nature
Barcelona
Civics

Reframing rural governanance; Gerontocratic expressions of socio-ecological resilience

Gearey, M. & Gilchrist, P., 29 Apr 2019, (Accepted/In press)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

resilience
governance
politics
parish
community

Rethinking Sustainable Cities: Accessible, green and fair

Gearey, M., 11 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) 13, 1, 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook ReviewResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
city
policy
book

Activities 2018 2018

  • 1 Invited talk

Taking the bite out of wetlands - managing mosquitos and the socio-ecological value of wetlands for wellbeing; the WetlandLIFE project

Mary Gearey (Presenter)
19 Dec 2018

Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk