Adam Hejnowicz

Adam Hejnowicz


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I'm an interdisciplinary social-ecological scientist who has worked at the intersection of environment, development and sustainability issues since 2008. Much of my research is applied, policy-facing and transdisciplinary, with a particular focus on the sustainability and governance of complex social-ecological systems, drawing on mixed method approaches and plural epistemologies.

I have undertaken research in the UK (agri-environment, rural development, and post-Brexit policy), Asia (climate adaptation and governance in Asian mega-deltas in India and Vietnam), sub-Saharan Africa (urban climate resilience and coastal ecosystem services in Kenya, Namibia and Tanzania) and Latin America (biodiversity conservation and community education in Ecuador and Costa Rica).

Throughout my career, my research has involved engaging with local, regional, and national government agencies, departments and ministries; community-based organizations; local, national and international NGOs as well as multilateral donors and intergovernmental organizations.

I read Biochemistry and Biology at the University of Keele, and hold Master’s degrees in Integrative Bioscience from the University of Oxford and Ecology and Environmental Management from the University of York. I also hold a PhD in Environmental Economics and Environmental Management also from the University of York. Prior to joining the University of Edinburgh, I held postdoctoral positions at the Universities of York, Sheffield and Newcastle.

Education/Academic qualification

Environmental Economics and Environmental Management, Doctor of Science, Department of Environment and Geography, University of York, York, UK.

Award Date: 14 Jul 2017

Ecology and Environmental Management, Master of Research, University of York (10742)

Award Date: 21 Jan 2011

Biology (Integrated Bioscience), Master in Science, University of Oxford

Award Date: 6 Nov 2004

Biochemistry and Biology, Bachelor of Science, University of Keele

Award Date: 14 Jun 2002

External positions

Associate, CECAN Ltd

1 Mar 2024 → …

Visiting Research Associate, Department of Environment and Geography, University of York, York, UK.

1 Sept 2022 → …

College Research Themes

  • College of Science and Engineering


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