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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)

Affiliate research group


Research project(s)

Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alliviation in Deltas

Agricultural Implications for Ecosystem Based Adaptation (EBA) to Climate Change in Steppe Ecosystems

This work develops a repeatable process to identify and characterise Socio-Ecological Systems (SES) and their livelihood components, with a focus on the impacts of drought on rural livelihoods in the Steppe region of Central Turkey.

An assessment of the ecosystem service and livelihood implications of government development proposals in coastal Bangladesh

We demonstrate the potential of Integrated Assessment Models (IAMs) to inform strategic policy decision making at the regional level, helping to understand key trade-offs and secondary impacts. We document the Delta Dynamic Emulator Model (ΔDIEM), co-produced with stakeholders, to integrate ecosystem services and household wellbeing, being utilised by the Planning Commission of the Government of Bangladesh for its strategic long-term risk planning.

The Application of an Integrated Assessment Model (IAM) to Waterlogging in South West Bangladesh

presents modelled impacts of waterlogging to 2050 in coastal Bangldesh including (i) Key policy relevant findings (ii) Plausible areas for policy development (iii) Potential future research focus areas.

BRAgS - Building Resilient Agricultural Systems: sustainable livelihoods in Mega-Deltas under environmental change (GCRF/BBSRC)

Develop a stakeholder engagement strategy to generate policy relevant scenarios for rice agricultural systems in relation to (a) future water, nutrient and sediment supply; (b) delta-scale adaptations to agricultural practice, and; (c) local-scale adaptations to water and flood management practice.

Opportunities and trade-offs between the SDGs for food, welfare and the environment in deltas

Development of Integrated Assessment Models to addresses mapping the complexity of SDGs within a large-scale social-ecological system , as well as directly supporting the evaluation and development of policies and practises to deliver sustainable development in West Bengal, India.

Socio-ecological and food secuirty future scenario development with policy makers

Development fo workshop based socio-ecological and livlihood based scenario strategies in the agricultural sector of the developing South.

Slow Onset Hazard Interactions with Enhanced Drought and Flood Extremes in an At-Risk Mega-Delta

The overall aim of this project to understand how agricultural resilience to hydrometeorological extremes can be enhanced through improved predictive capacity and aligned policy and governance, using the Vietnamese Mekong delta (VMD) as a representative exemplar delta.

Deltas, Vulnerability & Climate Change: Migration & Adaptation

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Working Papers

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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