Adriana Ford

Dr Adriana Ford

Adriana Ford

Dr Adriana Ford

Research Fellow

Department of History, Politics and Social Sciences

Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Humanities

Dr Adriana Ford joined the University of Greenwich in February 2015. She is an interdisciplinary scientist working in the field of socio-ecological systems, biodiversity conservation, community development and sustainability. Her research at Greenwich has focused on relationships between responsible tourism and fishing in Europe and the Caribbean. She is now working on WetlandLIFE, a Valuing Nature project exploring health and wellbeing in wetlands in the context of mosquito management.

Prior to Greenwich, Adriana worked as a Research and Teaching Fellow at the University of York, where she also completed her PhD (funded by ESRC and IACRC) exploring the human dimensions of invasive species management in Australia. Prior to this, Adriana completed an MSc in Environmental Technology (specialising in Ecological Management) at Imperial College London, and a BA(Hons) in Natural Sciences (specialising in Zoology) at the University of Cambridge. She also worked as a research and communications officer at a conservation and development NGO in Tanzania.

Adriana is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (completing PGCAP in 2013) and her teaching over the last few years has included environmental policy, biodiversity and society, environmental economics, wildlife management, tools and techniques for studying the environment, and people, place & the environment.

Adriana is also coordinator of the Greenwich Maritime Centre and a member of the Greenwich Tourism Research Centre.

Research Fellow in Environmental Social Sciences

Research and Enterprise Investment Programme - REF Competitive Funding. Linking responsible tourism with fisheries and marine conservation in the Turks and Caicos Islands. (LinkFish Tourism-TCI) (University of Greenwich, £4823, PI)

Dr Adriana Ford's research focuses on the relationships between humans and nature.
Areas of research to date include:

* responsible tourism
* small-scale fishing communities and coastal environments
* stakeholder participation, attitudes and values
* community-based wildlife conservation
* human-wildlife conflict
* invasive species
* ecosystem services
* links between ecosystems and human health/ well-being

* health and wellbeing associated with wetlands

Her principal interest is in the conservation of biodiversity, and how to achieve this in a way that benefits communities.

Adriana has worked on several interdisciplinary projects, including:

* WetlandLIFE, a multi-disciplinary 3 year project (2016-2019) which explores human health and wellbeing in wetlands (UK) in the context of mosquito management (funded by Valuing Nature- NERC/ESRC/AHRC, led by U. of Greenwich)
* TourFish, which aimed to promote sustainable fisheries, agro-food, and responsible tourism across the regions bordering the English Channel and southern North Sea (EU funded, led by U. of Greenwich).  This led on to a scoping study in the Turks and Caicos Islands to explore the opportunities for Responsible Fisheries Tourism in a Caribbean fishing community.
* 'HOPE' (Health of Populations and Ecosystems) which focused on integrating ecosystem health into public health research and policy (ESRC funded, led by U. of York)
* 'Ecosystem Interactions', which explored the interactions between habitats in the delivery of ecosystem services (Defra funded, led by U. of York)
* 'DivMet' which investigated the most suitable way of calculating biodiversity metrics from the outputs of soil-vegetation models (Defra funded, led by CEH Bangor)
Her most recent research is exploring the opportunities to link fisheries and marine conservation in South Caicos with responsible tourism.

Journal articles

Rowe, E.C., Ford, A.E.S., Smart, S.M., Henrys, P.A. and Ashmore, M.R. (2016) Using Qualitative and Quantitative Methods to Choose a Habitat Quality Metric for Air Pollution Policy Evaluation. PloS One. DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0161085

Ford, A.E.S, Graham, H. & White, P.C.L. (2015) Integrating ecosystem and human health through ecosystem services frameworks. EcoHealth, 12(4):660-671. DOI: 10.1007/s10393-015-1041-4

Ford-Thompson, A.E.S., Snell, C.J., Saunders, G. & White, P.C.L. (2015) Dimensions of local public attitudes towards invasive species management in protected areas. Wildlife Research, 42(1) 60-74

Ford-Thompson, A.E.S., Snell, C.J., Saunders, G. & White, P.C.L. (2012) Stakeholder participation in management of invasive vertebrates. Conservation Biology 26(2), 345-356

White, P.C.L., Ford, A.E.S., Clout, M.N., Engeman, R., Roy, S. & Saunders, G. (2008) Alien invasive vertebrates in ecosystems: pattern, process and the social dimension. Wildlife Research, 35, 171–179.

Book chapters

White, P.C.L, Ford-Thompson, A.E.S., Snell, C.J. & Harris, S. (2011) Economic, environmental and social dimensions of alien vertebrate species in Britain. Pages 129-176 in David Pimentel, editor. Biological Invasions: Economic and Environmental Costs of Alien Plants, Animal and Microbe Species, 2nd edition. CRC Press.


Ford, A.E.S. and Acott, T. (Eds) (2015) Responsible Tourism: a guide for tourism and sustainability in small-scale fisheries and agri-food. TourFish cluster of the INTERREG IV A 2 Seas Programme. London: University of Greenwich

Ford-Thompson, A.E.S., Bell, S., Capelli, S., Naylor, B., Raffaelli, D., Ritson, C., Stokowska, C., Timmis, J., Topi, C., & White, P.C.L. (2014) Ecosystem service interactions among lowland mixed-use agricultural, river-wetland and urban systems. Final Report on Defra Project NR0151.

Rowe E.C., Ford-Thompson A.E.S., Monteith, D., van Hinsberg, A., Smart, S., Henrys, P.A. & Ashmore, M. (2013) A biodiversity metric for interpreting outputs of models of atmospheric nitrogen pollution impacts on habitats. Final report on Defra project AQ0823, "Research to define a biodiversity metric to inform the UK's response to the CCE 'Call for Data 2012-2014'. CEH project NEC04988.

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Ford, A.E.S. & Acott, T.A. 2016. Responsible Fisheries Tourism as an approach towards sustainable fisheries management and multifunctional coastal planning. [Presentation] MRAG, 27 Sept, London

Ford, A.E.S. & Acott, T.A. 2016. Responsible Fisheries Tourism as an approach towards sustainable fisheries management and multifunctional coastal planning. [Presentation] CIEEM UK Overseas Territories and Marine & Coastal Group Conference 2016 - Protecting marine and coastal areas in the UK and Overseas Territories, 21 September, London

Ford, A.E.S. & Acott, T.A. 2016. Responsible Fisheries Tourism as an approach towards sustainable fisheries management and multifunctional coastal planning. [Presentation] Greenwich Maritime Centre Society and the Sea Conference, 16 September, London

Ford, A.E.S. & Acott, T.A. 2016. Responsible tourism linked with small-scale fisheries: opportunities in the Caribbean. [Recorded Presentation] Caribbean Studies Association 2016 Conference - Caribbean Global Movements: People, Ideas, Culture, Arts and Economic Sustainability, June 5-10, Haiti

Acott, T.A. & Ford, A.E.S. 2016. Responsible tourism and small scale fisheries for the Blue Economy: Examples from UK and the Caribbean. [Presentation] Institute of Commonwealth Studies - UN SDGs and the contribution of HE: A workshop to map emerging strategies, 28 April, London

Ford, A.E.S. & Acott, T.A. 2016. Linking ResponsibleTourism with Small-Scale Fishing- experiences from Europe and the Caribbean.[Presentation] TIES Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference, 27 January, University of South Florida, Florida

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