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Elizabeth Carabine

PhD Student, with Department of Geography

Email: e.carabine@sheffield.ac.uk


Current Research

My PhD research explores the combined impacts of climate change and land-use change on social-ecological systems, focussing particularly on the semi-arid grasslands of East Africa. Using an interdisciplinary conceptual and methodological approach, I aim to investigate the scales of interaction and feedbacks between the social and biophysical components of these systems, and how resilient or vulnerable they are to change. I will use modelling as an integrating tool to explore a social-ecological system in Kenya, coupling an existing vegetation model with an agent-based model of human decision-making to explore the impacts of climate change and land-use change.


Academic Background

2010 – present Ph.D. Geography University of Sheffield
2003 – 2004 M.Sc. Environmental Technology (Ecological Management Option) Imperial College London
2000 – 2003 B.Sc. (Hons) Biology University College London


Career History

I have spent over three years working as an environmental consultant, specialising in the environmental and social impact assessment of development projects and land management plans. I also have several years of research experience in East Africa, where I have worked on a range of community development and conservation research projects.



Dr Chasca Twyman, Department of Geography, University of Sheffield

Professor John Wainwright, Department of Geography, Durham University

Dr Colin Osborne, Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield



Dr Simon Scheiter and Professor Steven Higgins

Institut für Physische Geographie, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt Am Main



ESRC/NERC Interdisciplinary Studentship