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Senior Research Associate in Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia

Dr Sophie Day (nee Nicholson-Cole) has nearly twenty years of environmental social science research experience around the notion of sustainable futures, with a particular expertise around the interplay of social, policy and technical challenges facing long-term adaptation to climate change in complex coastal contexts at local to international scales. She is presently seconded from the University of East Anglia to Coastal Partnership East, linking research and practice and supporting the real challenge of delivering adaptation to coastal change.

Dr. Day has a demonstrable track-record of engaging with a broad range of stakeholders representing governmental organisations, the private sector, charitable organisations and community groups – with a range of views and expectations. She was co-editor of ‘Broad Scale Coastal Simulation: New techniques to understand and manage shorelines in the new millennium’, managing contributions from 35 co-authors from the UK and abroad. A recent post as a Senior Research Associate has included planning and delivering a NERC funded partnership project called ‘Blue Opportunities from the Future: knowledge and tools to inform sustainable growth for an integrated terrestrial, coastal and marine zone economy’. She has recently conducted research exploring expectations of, and been commissioned to evaluate, the innovative Sandscaping coastal management Scheme in Norfolk, UK.

Her PhD (awarded in 2005) drew upon qualitative methodologies to explore the impact of visual communication on public perceptions of climate change.


  • –present
    Senior Research Associate, University of East Anglia


  • 2005 
    University of East Anglia, PhD