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Dr

James Jeffers

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Personal statement

I am a geographer specialising in global environmental change, natural hazards and urban environments. I joined the staff at Bath Spa in 2013, having previously worked as a Teaching Associate in Geography at the University of Strathclyde and as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Geography and the Department of Human Ecology at Rutgers University (New Jersey, USA). I completed my Ph.D. in geography at Rutgers University in 2011. Prior to undertaking my Ph.D., I studied geography and law at the National University of Ireland, Galway where I received first class honours B.A., LL.B., and LL.M. degrees.

My current research focuses on the social, cultural and political dimensions of flood hazards and climate change adaptation in coastal cities. My work draws on insights and perspectives from several subfields of geography including natural hazards, human dimensions of global environmental change and political ecology to examine a number of themes including: perceptions of climate and hazards; knowledge, decision-making, and lived experiences; discourses of economic development and environmental change in cities; socio-economic vulnerability and public policy; and historical perspectives on hazards, society and culture.

Academic qualifications

  • Ph.D. (Geography) Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
  • M.Phil (Geography) Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
  • LL.M. (Public Law) National University of Ireland, Galway
  • LL.B. National University of Ireland, Galway
  • BA (Hons - Geography & Legal Science) National University of Ireland, Galway

Qualifications, skills and experience

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (with Institute of British Geographers)
  • Member of the Geographical Society of Ireland
  • Member of the American Association of Geographers

Teaching Specialism

I am part of the teaching teams for the following undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes:

I currently contribute to teaching on the following modules:

Environment and Society: Global Perspectives on Policy and Practice* (Masters)
Geography Dissertation (3rd year)
Advanced Geographical Fieldwork: Barcelona (3rd year)
Climate Change and Sustainability* (2nd year)
Global Cities* (2nd year)
Environment, People and Place (1st year)
Sustainability in Life and Work (1st year)

* Denotes module leader

Research and academic outputs

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The changing environment
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Mitchell, J.K, Jeffers, J.M and Brady, M.B (2016) 'The changing environment.' In: Auerbach, P.S, Cushing, T.A and Harris, N.S, eds. Auerbach's wilderness medicine. 7th ed. Elsevier, Philadelphia, PA, pp. 2524-2535. ISBN 9780323359429


The changing environment
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Mitchell, J.K and Jeffers, J.M (2011) 'The changing environment.' In: Auerbach, P, ed. Wilderness medicine. 6th ed. Elsevier/Mosby, Philadelphia, PA, pp. 2134-2144. ISBN 9781437716788


Hazards, climates and cultures: reflections on recent scholarship and proposals for further research
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Jeffers, J.M (2016) 'Hazards, climates and cultures: reflections on recent scholarship and proposals for further research.' Journal of Extreme Events, 3 (2). ISSN 2345-7376


Editorial - Researching hazards: keeping pace with changing contexts
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Chatterjee, M, Jeffers, J.M and Leichenko, R (2016) 'Editorial - Researching hazards: keeping pace with changing contexts.' Journal of Extreme Events, 3 (2). ISSN 2345-7376


Environmental knowledge and human experience: using a historical analysis of flooding in Ireland to challenge contemporary risk narratives and develop creative policy alternatives
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Jeffers, J.M (2014) 'Environmental knowledge and human experience: using a historical analysis of flooding in Ireland to challenge contemporary risk narratives and develop creative policy alternatives.' Environmental Hazards, 13 (3). pp. 229-247. ISSN 1747-7891


Integrating vulnerability analysis and risk assessment in flood loss mitigation: an evaluation of barriers and challenges based on evidence from Ireland
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Jeffers, J.M (2013) 'Integrating vulnerability analysis and risk assessment in flood loss mitigation: an evaluation of barriers and challenges based on evidence from Ireland.' Applied Geography, 37. pp. 44-51. ISSN 0143-6228


Double exposures and decision making: adaptation policy and planning in Ireland’s coastal cities during a boom–bust cycle
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Jeffers, J.M (2013) 'Double exposures and decision making: adaptation policy and planning in Ireland’s coastal cities during a boom–bust cycle.' Environment and Planning A, 45 (6). pp. 1436-1454. ISSN 0308-518X


The Cork City flood of November 2009: lessons for flood risk management and climate change adaptation at the urban scale
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Jeffers, J.M (2011) 'The Cork City flood of November 2009: lessons for flood risk management and climate change adaptation at the urban scale.' Irish Geography, 44 (1). pp. 61-80. ISSN 0075-0778


The representative and impartial jury in the criminal trial:an achievable reality in Ireland today?
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Jeffers, J.M (2008) 'The representative and impartial jury in the criminal trial:an achievable reality in Ireland today?' Irish Criminal Law Journal, 18 (2). pp. 34-41. ISSN 0791-539X


Climate change and the law: reducing Ireland's greenhouse gas emissions
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Jeffers, J.M (2007) 'Climate change and the law: reducing Ireland's greenhouse gas emissions.' Galway Student Law Review, 3. pp. 51-76. ISSN 1393-7448


Dead or alive?: the fate of natural law in Irish constitutional jurisprudence
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Jeffers, J.M (2003) 'Dead or alive?: the fate of natural law in Irish constitutional jurisprudence.' Galway Student Law Review, 2. pp. 2-16. ISSN 1393-7448


Public consultation and community opposition in flood risk management: the case of the ‘Save Cork City’ campaign
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Jeffers, J.M (2017) Public consultation and community opposition in flood risk management: the case of the ‘Save Cork City’ campaign. In: UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference, 11 - 13 September 2017, Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland.


Disruptive hazards and climates: making sense of ambiguity
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Jeffers, J.M (2017) Disruptive hazards and climates: making sense of ambiguity. In: Conference of Irish Geographers, 4 - 6 May 2017, University College Cork.


Living with contradictions: messy and ambiguous interpretations of climate change by decision-makers and stakeholders in Ireland’s coastal cities
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Jeffers, J.M (2017) Living with contradictions: messy and ambiguous interpretations of climate change by decision-makers and stakeholders in Ireland’s coastal cities. In: Environment & Sustainability Research Group Seminar Series, 9 March 2017, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK.


Complex, contradictory and dynamic framings of hazards and disasters: implications for social science research and theory
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Jeffers, J.M (2016) Complex, contradictory and dynamic framings of hazards and disasters: implications for social science research and theory. In: The 9th MaGrann Symposium: Hazards in Context, 2 March 2016, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA.


A historic perspective on flooding in Ireland’s coastal cities and its implications for current policy and practice
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Jeffers, J.M (2015) A historic perspective on flooding in Ireland’s coastal cities and its implications for current policy and practice. In: International Conference of Historical Geographers, 5-10 July 2015, Royal Geographical Society, London.


Floods, climate change and economic crisis in Ireland’s coastal cities
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Jeffers, J.M (2014) Floods, climate change and economic crisis in Ireland’s coastal cities. In: Environment, Politics and Development Research Group Seminar, 11 November 2014, King's College, London.


Learning from the past to face the risks of the future: developing sustainable approaches to flood hazards management
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Jeffers, J.M (2014) Learning from the past to face the risks of the future: developing sustainable approaches to flood hazards management. In: Conference of Irish Geographers, 8 –10 May 2014, O’Brien Science Centre, University College Dublin.


Not reinventing the wheel! Learning from past theory and practice in climate change adaptation
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Jeffers, J.M (2014) Not reinventing the wheel! Learning from past theory and practice in climate change adaptation. In: Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, 8-12 April 2014, Tampa, Florida.


Climate change adaptation and economic crisis in Ireland’s coastal cities
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Jeffers, J.M (2014) Climate change adaptation and economic crisis in Ireland’s coastal cities. In: Sustainability Research Centre Seminar, 11 August 2014, University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia.


Learning from the past to prepare for the future: using historic analysis of flood hazards in Ireland to contextualise current events
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Jeffers, J.M (2013) Learning from the past to prepare for the future: using historic analysis of flood hazards in Ireland to contextualise current events. In: Nordic Geographers Meeting, 11–14 June 2013, University of Iceland, Reykjavík, Iceland.


Space, time, place and climate: how perceptions of weather and climate may shape adaptation
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Jeffers, J.M (2013) Space, time, place and climate: how perceptions of weather and climate may shape adaptation. In: Conference of Irish Geographers, 16-18 May 2013, National University of Ireland, Galway.


Managing uncertainty and constructing risk: the limits of contemporary hazards mitigation and climate adaptation policies
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Jeffers, J.M (2012) Managing uncertainty and constructing risk: the limits of contemporary hazards mitigation and climate adaptation policies. In: Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, 24-28 February 2012, New York.


Intersecting crises and double exposures: economic recession and climate change in Ireland
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Jeffers, J.M (2011) Intersecting crises and double exposures: economic recession and climate change in Ireland. In: Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, 12–16 April 2011, Seattle, Washington, US.


Conceptualizing climate hazards: reflections on adaptation, vulnerability and decision-making in coastal cities
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Jeffers, J.M (2010) Conceptualizing climate hazards: reflections on adaptation, vulnerability and decision-making in coastal cities. In: Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, 14-15 April 2010, Washington DC, US.


Ireland in 2009: floods, frosts and financial crisis
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Jeffers, J.M (2010) Ireland in 2009: floods, frosts and financial crisis. In: Department of Geography Seminar, 3 March 2010, Rutgers University, New Jersey, US..


Minding the gap: knowledge, local decision-making and adaptation to climate change in Ireland’s coastal cities
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Jeffers, J.M (2009) Minding the gap: knowledge, local decision-making and adaptation to climate change in Ireland’s coastal cities. In: Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, 22-27 March 2009, Las Vegas, Nevada, US.


Confronting climate: linking knowledge, values and decision-making to vulnerability and adaptation in Ireland's coastal cities
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Jeffers, J.M (2011) Confronting climate: linking knowledge, values and decision-making to vulnerability and adaptation in Ireland's coastal cities. PhD thesis, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.


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