Dr Easkey Britton

B.Sc., Ph.D.

Contact Details

Post Doctoral Researcher
E: EASKEY.BRITTON@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher

Biography

Post-doctoral research fellow at the Whitaker Institute and member of the research cluster for Social Innovation, Participation and Policy (SIPP), Dr. Easkey Britton co-leads the interdisciplinary NEAR-Health work package on nature-based solutions: a framework to use coastal blue and green space to restore health and wellbeing.  Britton also holds an honorary visiting research fellowship in Sport and Leisure Studies at the University of Waikato. A marine social scientist with a PhD in Environment and Society from University of Ulster, Easkey is channeling her passion for surfing and the sea into social change. Her parents taught her to surf when she was four years old and her life has revolved around the ocean ever since. Co-founder of the non-profit Waves of Freedom which uses the power of surfing as a creative medium for social good in places like Iran and co-organised the world's first Surf for Social Good Summit  in 2015. A recent graduate from THNK’s School of Creative Leadership,  Easkey’s work is deeply influenced by the ocean and the lessons learned pioneering women’s big-wave surfing at spots like Mullaghmore, Co.Sligo, which led her to be invited to give an inspiring TEDx talk in 2013: Just Add Surf

Research Interests

Social wellbeing, blue space, health (human and ocean), nature connection, resilience, adaptation, gender, community engagement, participatory action research, therapeutic geographies, social-ecological systems, social innovations, systems change, cultural politics of lifestyle sports (surfing).

Research Projects

  Project Start Date End Date
The Nature and Environment to Attain and Restore (NEAR) Health Project 01-FEB-16 01-FEB-19

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2015) 'Waving or Drowning: An Exploration of Adaptive Strategies Amongst Fishing Households and Implications for Wellbeing Outcomes'
Coulthard, S. and Britton, E. (2015) 'Waving or Drowning: An Exploration of Adaptive Strategies Amongst Fishing Households and Implications for Wellbeing Outcomes'. Sociologica Ruralis, 55 (3):275-290 [DOI] [Details]
(2014) 'Women as agents of wellbeing in Northern Ireland’s fishing households'
Easkey Britton (2014) 'Women as agents of wellbeing in Northern Ireland’s fishing households'. Maritime Studies, 11 (16):1-22 [DOI] [Details]
(2013) 'Assessing the social wellbeing of Northern Ireland’s fishing society using a three-dimensional approach'
Easkey Britton, Sarah Coulthard (2013) 'Assessing the social wellbeing of Northern Ireland’s fishing society using a three-dimensional approach'. Marine Policy, 27 (2013):28-36 [DOI] [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2015) 'Just add surf: The power of surfing as a medium to challenge and transform gender inequalities'
Britton, E. (2015) 'Just add surf: The power of surfing as a medium to challenge and transform gender inequalities' In: Sustainable Stoke: Transitions to Sustainability in the Surfing World. UK: University Plymouth Press. [Details]
(2014) 'Ghost Boats and Human Freight: The Social Wellbeing Impacts of the Salmon Ban on Lough Foyle’s Fishing Communities'
Britton, E. (2014) 'Ghost Boats and Human Freight: The Social Wellbeing Impacts of the Salmon Ban on Lough Foyle’s Fishing Communities' In: Social Issues in Sustainable Fisheries Management. Netherlands: Springer. [DOI] [Details]

Article

  Year Publication
(2015) Blue Mindfulness.
Britton, E. (2015) Blue Mindfulness. Online: Article [Details]
(2015) Trusting the Process.
Britton, E. (2015) Trusting the Process. online: Article [Details]

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
Memoral University of Newfoundland Post-doctoral research fellow 01-MAR-13 / 01-MAR-14

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2013 University of Ulster DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY Environment and Society

Consultancy

  Client Description
Wildlife Conservation Society
Development and analysis of a rapid assessment framework and toolkit to assess gender perspectives on livelihood security in fish-dependent coastal communities.

Community Engagement

  Title Type From / To
Other Surf + Social Good Summit 15-MAY-15 / 18-MAY-15
Outreach Be Like Water initiative 28-AUG-15 / 28-MAY-16
Other Into the Sea 28-AUG-13 / 06-MAR-15
Outreach Surfing Association of Papua New Guinea 21-JAN-15 / 01-FEB-16
Board Membership Waves of Freedom 07-MAR-14 / 30-SEP-16