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Associate research scientist in Oceans and Human Health, University of Galway

Dr Easkey Britton is a professional marine social scientist whose work explores the relationship between people and nature, especially blue spaces. She has a PhD in Environment and Society.

Easkey is an associate research member at the Whitaker Institute, University of Galway, where she co-led interdisicplinary national and international research projects on nature connection (NEARHealth project) and oceans and human health ("Seas Oceans and Public Health in Europe" or SOPHIE project).

A life-long surfer, Easkey’s parents taught her to surf when she was four years old and she channels her passion for surfing and the sea into social change. Her work is deeply influenced by the ocean and the lessons learned pioneering women’s big-wave surfing in Ireland and introducing the sport of surfing with women in Iran, where she co-created the Be Like Water project.

Passionate about facilitating creative & collaborative processes, Easkey co-founded the Wavemaker Collective, a leadership training for ocean activists. She serves on board of several nature restoration charities including Save the Waves Coalition and Hometree, and is a blue health advisor to Oceanic Global.

She is the author of several books on our human relationship with blue space including, 50 Things to do by the Sea, her memoir, Saltwater in the Blood, and most recently Ebb and Flow: Connect with the Patterns and Power of Water.


  • 2020–present
    Associate research scientist, University of Galway
  • 2016–2020
    Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Galway


  • 2013 
    University of Ulster, Ph.D.