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Prof. Thora Tenbrink

Department of Linguistics


Keywords: Language of place, cognitive discourse analysis, place attachment, climate change, attitudes

Thora Tenbrink is Professor of Linguistics at Bangor University, who uses linguistic analysis to understand how people think. She is author of “Cognitive Discourse Analysis: An Introduction” (Cambridge University Press, 2020) and “Space, Time, and the Use of Language” (Mouton de Gruyter, 2007), co-editor of three books on linguistic representation and dialogue, and has published around 40 peer-reviewed journal articles in areas of language and cognition.

Cognitive Discourse Analysis (CODA) means analysing language data collected in relation to thought, such as mental representations of scenes or events, or complex problem-solving processes. Tenbrink’s research uses the methodology in a wide range of interdisciplinary projects, spanning simple as well as highly complex scenarios, and involving diverse kinds of language data such as think-aloud protocols, written representations, dialogue, and much else.

More recently her focus has shifted from spatial language to the language of place, especially in relation to climate change and attitudes towards protecting the places we live in. Climate change happens globally but is felt locally, motivating the need for systematic analysis of the linguistic representation of place(s) in relation to climate change, as part of public and personal discourse, and in relation to local engagement.

Dr Morwenna Spear

The BioComposites Centre


Keywords: Timber; Structures; Embodied Carbon; Future Climate; Energy Efficiency

Dr Morwenna Spear is a materials scientist specialising in timber and bio-based materials. Many of her research projects look at extending the service life of timber through environmentally benign methods, or improving the reuse and recycling of wood products.

Morwenna is a research scientist on the Smart Efficient Energy Centre (SEEC) project, working in the Energy Efficient Structures work package to consider reductions of embodied and operational carbon, improved energy efficiency and building design. She also leads research projects developing new technologies for timber modification or processing, and has conducted a large number of desk-based studies on timber markets, emerging timber products, housing trends, modern methods of construction, the role of bio-based materials in future society.

Morwenna is interested in building performance and modelling; hygroscopicity and moisture management to improve thermal efficiency and indoor air quality; and retrofit options for older housing stocks. The buildings we construct now will still be standing in 2100, and exposed to very different climates. Resilient designs are required, but using building systems and materials combinations which have lower embodied carbon.

Dr Hayley Roberts

School of Law


Keywords: Law of the sea; international law; ocean policy; cultural heritage; underwater heritage

Dr Hayley Roberts is an international lawyer specialising in the law of the sea. Her research is broadly focused on the protection of underwater cultural heritage and dispute resolution mechanisms in the Law of the Sea Convention.

Hayley is currently leading an AHRC/GCRF project on incorporating marine cultural heritage into Tanzania’s National Adaptation Plan for climate change, which could provide economic and cultural benefits for coastal communities, in addition to opportunities for sustainable tourism, by creating the potential to attract financial support from international funds. She has previously led projects on the role of devolved nations in international law, children’s rights, and the use of Welsh in courts. Hayley is also Commissioner to the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales.

Hayley is interested in how cultural heritage is impacted by climate change and how law and policy could be strengthened for adaptation, mitigation, and protection. She is also interested in the impact of climate change on the ocean more broadly, for instance, the loss of maritime/land territory due to rising sea levels, and whether international legal frameworks provide for mitigation or satisfaction in these situations.

Dr Einir Young

School of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences


Keywords: sustainability, well-being, future generations, regenerative tourism, collaboration

Dr Einir Young is a natural scientist; her career prior to retirement from her role as BU’s Director of Sustainability has taken her to many countries, ranging from America (USA) to Zimbabwe and those in-between (in West, East and southern Africa mainly). The challenges facing all communities are similar – the need for politicians to take a holistic approach to the environment, the economy, society and cultures. The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) 2015 Act provides a framework for action.

Einir is now focussing on one project – LIVE an Ireland-Wales Interreg funded project led by UC Cork. She is the PI on this side of the Irish sea, collaborating with Cyngor Gwynedd and the National Trust and heritage sites in Pen Llŷn to co-develop #Ecoamgueddfa, the first ecomuseum in Wales and the first in the world to be digitally driven. The #ecoamgueddfa’s aim is to promote regenerative not extractive tourism, celebrating the area’s natural resource base, language, culture and heritage whilst developing a strong local economy enabling people to continue living in their communities.

She is a Director of Community Energy Wales and Ynni Llŷn; she is deputy Chair of the Academi Heddwch (Peace Academy) and a member of the Independence Commission.

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Prof Yener Altunbas

Bangor Business School


Keywords: Efficiency and resilience of Banking system; Regulation; Stock market analysis; Regional economics; Climate change.

Prof Yener Altunbaş is a macroeconomist and a Professor of Economics at Bangor Business School, a position he has been holding since 2007. He is also a consultant for the ECB and the BIS. Currently, Prof Altunbaş is collaborating on research projects with researchers at the IMF. Author of many articles on the structure and efficiency of banking markets, his research interests include: the study of European banks, efficiency, stock market analysis, corporate governance, electoral studies, regional economics, urban economics, and marine biology.

A vital part of his research focuses on climate changes and environmental issues associated with the financial system. He is presently involved in a MSCA-IF project designed to investigate the involvement of banking system towards reaching a sustainable and green economic system considering the growing environmental and climate issues. In collaboration with ECB researchers, he is also engaged in a project to explore the impact of green regulatory initiatives in banking on the credit-flow towards polluting corporations. He is also conducting a collaborative research to examine Chinese local government officials’ role on the quantity and pricing of debt towards environmentally concerned industry.

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Dr Atiqur Khan

Bangor Business School


Keywords: Banking system resilience; Regulation; Risk management; Green finance; Climate change.

Dr Atiqur Khan is a Senior Research Fellow at Bangor Business School. His research broadly focusses on the resilience of financial system (in particular the banking sector) in connection with regulations, risk management, sustainability, climate change, and macroeconomic dynamics. He is currently collaborating with researchers at different institutions including Birmingham University, the UK; Deakin University, Curtin University, Australia; and Xiamen University, Malaysia.

Atiqur is presently involved in a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowship (MSCA-IF) project aimed at exploring the roles of banking system in transition towards a sustainable and green economic system on the ground of changing climate and environmental issues. At the same time, the project investigates the resilience of the banking system during such transition process. He is also engaged in a collaborative research exploring the role of local government officials on the credit-flow towards eco-friendly/unfriendly industry in China.

Atiqur’s research interests also include the investigation of macroeconomic impact of renewable energy. He was involved in a FRGS project (awarded by Malaysian Government) to explore the economic feasibility of palm biodiesel and bioelectricity; and their impact on GHG emissions and storage, agricultural prices, agricultural employment, and deforestation focusing on Malaysian agricultural sector.–4c45-b42a-657965076763).html

Dr Alessio Reghezza

Bangor Business School


Keywords: Monetary policy; Macroprudential policy; Financial stability; Empirical banking.

Dr Alessio Reghezza is a Lecturer in Banking at Bangor Business School and a Consultant in the Directorate General Macroprudential Policy and Financial Stability of the European Central Bank (ECB). His research interests cover monetary policy, macroprudential policy, financial stability and, more broadly, empirical banking. His papers have been published in international academic journals including: Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of International Money and Finance, European Financial Management and Journal of Financial Services Research. His research output has attracted policy-makers’ attention and has been featured in several media outlets including Financial Times, Bloomberg, LeMonde, CNN, NBC etc.

Currently, he is also involved in research to explore the connections of the macroprudential policy and financial system stability with the growing changing climate and environmental scenarios.

Dr Matt Lewis

School of Ocean Sciences


Keywords: Oceanography; Renewable energy; climate change; flood risk; environmental data

Dr Matt Lewis is an oceanographer, with a background in earth systems modelling and extreme events (e.g. how to downscale climate model data to understand future risk?).

Matt is on the NERC Digital Environment Expert Network, CoI to a NERC UK Climate Resilience project on future flood risk (NE/V004239/1) and a EPSRC Research Fellow on Renewable energy (EP/R034664/1). Matt has previously worked on translating Maori folklore to understand tsunami risk resilience and a Welsh Government funded project “Redesigning Resilience: translating ancient knowledge for a resilient future”.

Matt is interested in how communities are affected by weather, not climate, and how this knowledge can be used to inform resilience to extreme events – but also provide sustainable and reliable energy systems. Matt would like to explore ideas of improving how we can gather environmental data (biodiversity or natural variability of systems), by translating songs, maps and oral mythology; for example the hidden and devalued data within oral traditions and practices, which can better inform environmental data records.

Prof. Louise M. Hassan

Bangor Business School


Keywords: Consumers, place attachment, sustainable consumption, risky consumption, attitudes and motivation

Louise Hassan is a Professor of Consumer Psychology within Bangor Business School. She has published 40 journal articles. Her research focuses on consumer psychology within health and sustainability areas. She is interested in place from multiple viewpoints including the use of place to market products, the tie between place and specific consumption behaviours, place and culture and their role in decision-making, and understanding the process of place attachment.

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Dr Sara Parry

Bangor Business School


Keywords: SME Marketing, rural context, place attachment, risky consumption, consumers.

Dr Sara Parry is a Senior Lecturer in Marketing at Bangor Business School. Her research interests range from small and medium enterprise (SME) marketing in rural contexts, to consumer behaviour and place attachment with a specific focus on risky behaviours such as smoking and binge drinking.
Sara is interested in how local and regional climate change projects (e.g. ‘Anglesey Energy Island’ initiatives and infrastructural projects) can affect local citizens’ and tourists’ place attachment and sense of place.

Prof Simon Willcock

School of Natural Sciences


Keywords: Ecosystem services; Nature’s contributions to people; Tipping points; Climate change; Sustainability

Prof Simon Willcock is an interdisciplinary scientist, keen on producing real-world outputs that can be applied in numerous policy and business contexts. His particular interests focus on the interactions between people and nature, both in the UK and abroad.

Simon’s projects range across the hard sciences to the arts (e.g. with previous grants from GCRF, NERC, ESRC, and AHRC), but focus on ecosystems services (nature’s contributions to people) and the sustainable use of natural resources in rural and urban areas. To do this, he uses innovative methods, such as smartphones and machine learning. For example, his ESRC-funded MobilES project used smartphones (via a ‘micropayments for microdata’ approach) to conduct weekly surveys on ecosystem services (featuring questions on food and water security, the impact of climate, natural resource use).

Simon is interested in scaling-up social science to better understand the benefits people derive from nature, and how this might change with a changing climate.

Dr Sonya Hanna

Bangor Business School


Keywords: place and destination branding, stakeholder engagement, co-creation, sense of place, place attachment.

Dr Sonya Hanna is a Lecturer in Marketing at Bangor Business School. Her research interests relate to various aspects of ‘place’, ranging from place and destination branding, stakeholder engagement, place attachment, the co-creation of place, and brand architecture.

Sonya is interested in expanding her research interests to consider the effects of climate change and related infrastructural projects on place stakeholders and tourists including their interaction with place, their sense of place and their place attachment.

Sonya is an editorial board member for the Journal of Place Management and Development, as well as a contributing panel member of The Place Brand Observer.

Dr Corinna Patterson

School of History Law and Social Sciences


Keywords: Globalization, environmental sociology, Community, identity, civic empowerment

Dr Corinna Patterson is a Lecturer in Sociology, with particular interest in globalization, citizenship community, identity, equality, ‘race’, environmental Sociology, and geo-politics. Her PhD focused on local and global civic knowledge, engagement and empowerment, looking also at people’s relationship to place, ‘community’ and notions of belonging.

Corinna has also participated in a WISERD research project looking at civil society in Northwest Wales, exploring people’s relationship to place and community.

Corinna is currently Equality and Diversity Officer for the School and is in the process of writing a third-year module to run 2021/22 entitled ‘Climate Change and Environmental Politics’ and is also the lead supervisor for a KESS II funded PhD which is currently in its writing up stage, which explores the social impact of community renewable energy schemes across Wales.

Norman Dandy

Sir Williams Roberts Centre, School of Natural Sciences


Keywords: environmental sociology; geography; forests; governance; land

Dr Norman Dandy is a Senior Research Fellow working in the environmental social sciences. His research is focused on forest land and wildlife - in particular, the political, ethical, and cultural relationships between land, people, and forest species that influence management practices. For the last 10 years he has been investigating the social dimensions of tree pests and diseases in the UK, including how forest managers, ‘policy-makers’ and others are responding to these threats.

Norman is Director of the Sir William Roberts Centre for Sustainable Land Use at Bangor, having previously worked for the Forestry Commission (Forest Research) and Plunkett Foundation. The SWRC aims to provide a framework and forum for interdisciplinary land-based sustainability science across the university and in partnership with external stakeholders.

Liz Morris-Webb

School of Ocean Sciences


Keywords: marine ecology >coastal activities > nature
Connection > human well-being > sense of place / belonging > conservation > policy

Liz Morris-Webb is an interdisciplinary Post Doctoral Researcher in the human dimensions of the marine environment. Grounded by seventeen years as a marine ecologist, Liz’s research is inspired by solving conservation conundrums at the interface between people and nature, drawing on the social sciences. She is interested in how and why people interact with the environment, and how these connections with nature can be nurtured to build more resilient coastal communities, environments and conservation policies.

Liz believes that understanding how people depend on their coasts, for their place and well-being, is an essential part of developing climate-resilient coastal communities. Her KESS2 funded PhD linked the motivations of foragers and coastal collectors to their well-being: for basic needs, sense of place, belonging and for the experiential dimensions of well-being.  She has also received British Council funding to form Research Links with Brazilian researchers looking to empower coastal communities against climate change, with the co-developed Project ‘Fishervoices: Expanding and connecting the voices of fisherwomen to address climate change’.  Currently funded by ECOSTRUCTURE (part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund) Liz is working with recreational boaters to evaluate the best education materials to encourage better biosecurity behaviours to prevent the spread of invasive non-native species.

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Ngoc Nguyen

Bangor Business School


Keywords: sustainable behaviours, goal settings, emotions, self-control and licensing effect.

Ngoc Nguyen is currently a PhD candidate in Marketing at Bangor Business School, with a background in consumer behaviours.

Ngoc previously worked on projects about sustainability in tourism and management. Education of environmental protection for tourist students was organized by Nha Trang tourism college, Saving wastes and Potentials of bio-based economy in Vietnam by Stenden PRE Center, NHL Stenden of Applied Science in the Netherlands and School of Tourism, University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City.

Recently, Ngoc has paid more attention on sustainable behaviors under consumers’ perspectives and its drivers from goal settings, emotions, self-control and licensing effect. Ngoc is now working on examining the sequential impact of initial goal-consistent behavours on the persistence-licensing likelihood in sustainable contexts. Furthermore, individual differences in trait self-control and emotional experiences underlying the process also included in her current investigation.

Emma Rawlings Smith

School of Educational Science


Keywords: education, place, climate change, sense of place, Education for Sustainability

Dr Emma Rawlings Smith is a Lecturer in Education in the School of Educational Sciences. Her research interests include teacher education, mentoring, school geography, place and the 11-18 curriculum.

Emma is interested in the recontextualisation of knowledge from disciplinary to school geography and encourages school teachers to draw on contemporary knowledge and research within the curriculum. She has developed resources for teachers and students which support their learning about contemporary research on climate change, sustainability and place. Emma is interested in place from the perspectives of teachers and school students and would like to explore ideas around teaching and learning about place, how places change as a result of the climate crisis and the impact of student-led sustainability projects.

Emma is an editorial board member for the Journal Teaching Geography, this is a professional journal which provides support and guidance on teaching and learning geography.

Dr Sam Oliver

School of Human and Behavioural Sciences

Institute for Applied Human Physiology


Keywords: Health; Performance; Physiology; Applied Sciences; Human; Climate; Environment; Exercise

Sam is a Reader in Sport & Exercise Science and Director of the Institute for Applied Human Physiology. He leads a research program that studies how human health and performance is affected by exercise and environmental stress e.g., heat, sunlight, cold, and altitude (hypoxia).

Environmental stress is set to effect humans and society evermore due to the challenges of climate change, including a rise in global temperature, and more frequent extreme weather events, such as heat waves. Aside from the negative effects of these stressors, greater understanding of the interaction between the environment and the human might be harnessed to improve human health and performance. Developing a better understanding of both the potential negative and positive effects of environmental stress on humans continues to be an active area of Sam’s research. 

To better understand the causes of the observed changes in health and performance this research examines underlying physiology in resting and exercising humans by using techniques such as ultrasound, thermometry and biochemical analysis of expired gases, blood, urine, and saliva. This research is conducted in Bangor’s Exercise and Environmental Physiology Laboratories, which include thermal and hypoxia environmental chambers, and during regular research expeditions.

Findings from this research have been implemented by organisations including the Ministry of Defence (Army), Blizzard Survival, Outlook Expeditions, and Sport Wales.