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Geography and Environmental Science

Dr Sien Van der Plank BSc, MSc

Senior Research Assistant in GIS and remote sensing and environmental social science (SARTRAC project)

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Sien van der Plank is currently a Senior Research Assistant within Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Southampton. She has researched environmental management across conservation, political, mining and hazard contexts since 2014. She is currently completing her PhD thesis on coastal flood risk management with the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Southampton, and has been a member of staff in Geography and Environmental Science since 2020.




Research interests

  • Processes of stakeholder engagement in environmental management (household, community, and organisations)
  • Policy discourses in conservation and hazard management
  • Risk attitudes and behaviours to the natural environment, especially in relation to perceived, expected and experienced social and physical changes (including mining, hazards, and climate)

Her current research focuses on

  • Monitoring and mapping the distribution of Sargassum seaweed in the Caribbean and West Africa using remote sensing and GIS.
  • Exploring stakeholders’ understanding of risks and opportunities from Sargassum invasions at a community level, and the regional governance issues.

Research group

Environmental Change and Sustainability (ECaS)

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Dr Sien Van der Plank
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