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Prof Craig Hutton 

Professor of Sustainability Science

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Craig Hutton is Professor of Sustainability Science within Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Southampton.

Ph.D. & DIC. Hydrogeology / Groundwater Assessment Techniques (Imperial College, London) 1997 - 2000
M.Sc. Oceanography, (University of Southampton) 1991 - 1992

Prof. Sustainability Science, GeoData & School of Geography & Environment

Prof. Hutton’s research, applied research & consultancy focus lies at the intersection between the environment and social implications of environmental/climate change and management for sustainable development. This socio-ecological research emphasises the coordination of spatial data handling and the management/policy/governance implications of climate change/environmental vulnerability of rural communities, land cover and earth observation in decision-making support systems.

Research interests

  • Sustainable management of deltaic and large river environments
  • Community level adaptation and development
  • Food, Poverty, Water nexus
  • Decision support tools development
  • Systems dynamics and integrated assessment modelling (IAM)
  • Scenario development and stakeholder engagement

Research projects

  • DECCMA: Deltaic Environments, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration in the Context Adaptation 2014-2019/India, Ghana & Bangladesh/ IDRC+DFID (Deputy PI)
  •  ESPA Deltas: Co-Lead Author, Researcher & Research Coordinator for Ecosystem Services For Poverty Alleviation 2010 - 2015/Bangladesh/DFID+UKRC (Deputy PI)
  •  Natural Resources and Food Security Framework development 2014 – 2017/Laos & Pakistan/FAO (CoI)
  •  GULLS: Global learning for Local Solutions: Reducing Vulnerability of marine Dependent Coastal communities. 2014 – 2016/Brazil, India, Australia, South Africa/Belmont Forum (CoI)
  •  Sustainability Science: Developing pragmatic guidelines for best practice in sustainability science projects and programs. 2015/Indonesia/UNESCO (PI)

Research group

Environmental Change and Sustainability (ECaS)

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Supervision of 6 PhD students in fields of:

  • Poverty and Environment on Deltaic systems
  • Gender and Migration in Deltaic systems
  • Social Enterprise and land use on Deltaic systems
  • Geohazard and resilience in Deltaic systems
  • Modelling traditional irrigation based agricultural systems
  • Climate Change as a driver of Migration in Pakistan


Lecturer on –M.Sc. Introduction to Sustainability GEOG6098

Prof Craig Hutton
Building 44 University of Southampton University Road Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 44/2091

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