Carly Maynard


  • West Mains Road, Kings Buildings, Peter Wilson Building

    EH9 3JG Edinburgh

    United Kingdom


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Research interests

My research focuses on the hydro-social system, specifically around public engagement with water environments, and novel ways of harnessing varied knowledges for water management.  More broadly, this work feeds in to an understanding of public interactions between physical and social environments, including community resilience to climate and environmental change, rural development, knowledge co-production, and percpetions, framing and bias in science communication.

These research areas are connected by my primary interest in effective integration between social and environmental aspects of managing climate, water and energy systems, but have drawn lessons for wider environmental management. 


Teaching is focused around environmental management (physical and social systems and, critically, their interconnectedness).  Modules have been designed and delivered in sustainability, climate change, water management, environmental education and community particpation.  I also have experience in supervising numerous undergarduate and post-graduate research dissertations in related fields. 


  • British Academy (2021-23). Tropical peatland climate resilience: transforming governance of climate risks for poverty reduction in Indonesia, Peru and the Congo Basin
  • Defra & Natural England (2021). Uplandia: Systems modelling for evidence-informed peatland policy
  • CXC (2020-21). Understanding the experiences of peatland restoration in Scotland
  • Scottish Government Strategic Research Programme (2016-2021). Place-based policy and its implications for policy and service delivery
  • Scottish Government Strategic Research Programme (2019-2021). Local assets, local decisions and community resilience
  • Scottish Government (2019-2021). Attitudes towards land reform: Public priorities and focus for the future
  • SEFARI SPARK (2018-20).  Sustainable farming systems for People, Planet and Profits
  • EU Connecteur COST Action (2015-18). Stakeholder analysis of perceived relevance of connectivity issues across the EU
  • UoE GeoSciences Innovation Fund (2015). Dimensions of community-led micro-hydro schemes
  • EU FP7 (2014-2017).  ECO2: Sub-seabed CO2 Storage – Impact on Marine Ecosystems (public Perceptions Work Package)
  • EU FP7 (2014-2017).  R&Dialogue: Research and Civil Society Dialogue Towards a Low Carbon Society
  • EU FP7 (2008-2014). ALFA: Adaptive Land Use for Flood Alleviation
  • InCluESEV (2012). Sustainable energy futures and the negotiation of environmental and social justice: the case of micro-hydro power

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Public Participation in River Research and Management: Scale, Levels of Participation and the Contexts of Knowledge Co-production, Durham University


Award Date: 31 Oct 2013

Master, Reservoir compensation releases and the ecology of the River Derwent, Northumberland, Durham University


Award Date: 30 Sept 2009

Master, Catchment Dynamics and Management, University of Leeds


Award Date: 30 Sept 2005

Bachelor, Physical Geography, Northumbria University


Award Date: 31 Jul 2004

External positions

Review Editor Frontiers in Water

1 Sept 20201 Jan 2025


  • G Geography (General)
  • GE Environmental Sciences
  • H Social Sciences (General)


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