My research is always multidisciplinary in nature. Policy, in all fields, is never formed in a vacuum, so the appropriate theories, methods, and tools must be chosen for each research question and project. I endeavor to ask the “tough” and controversial questions that will help move policy implementation forward. I use cutting edge and traditional research methods.
The goal of my research is to contribute to the literature in the emerging discipline of climate adaptation and resilience with a focus on the coastal zone.
My research interests are in the legal, economic, and policy issues in coastal management:
The legal conflicts of coastal climate change adaptation; regulatory and economic feasibility of innovative adaptation solutions using existing technologies (e.g. proposed Boston canal system); effects of marine renewable energy on the ecosystem services of estuarine systems; public-private partnership opportunities to achieve urban coastal sustainability; integrated cross-jurisdictional coastal resilience policy design; application of emerging ideas to coastal resilience (e.g. anti-fragile, self-learning systems); nature-human systems interactions in the coastal zone.
I am particularly interested in applying technologies like mobile civic reporting to discover human responses to coastal climate change and to complement geo-imaging of coastal disasters with real-time crowdsourced observations.