Dr Helen Baxter
- Research Associate (National Centre for Resilience) (School of Interdisciplinary Studies)
I started working at the National Centre of Resilience (NCR) in April 2017.
My role as part of the NCR is to research Scottish communities’ resilience to natural hazards, investigating interactions between society and pre-existing and potential future strategies to enhance a community’s ability to mitigate and recover from the effects of natural hazards. Exploring the interactions between social and engineered systems; including potential barriers to fostering community resilience (policy, culture) within wider social, economic and environmental systems.
The current focus of my research is investigating the role that third sector organisations have improving community resilience. I am interested in the multiple aspects of third sector projects and initiatives. I am seeking to understand how these projects affect individual communities, the influence this has on a community's overall resilience and the implications this has for policy.
Linked to this is an interest in farms and farmers; what are their levels of resilience and how are these affected by repeated exposure to increasingly extreme and chaotic weather events?
Post-Doctoral Research Assistant-R3AW Natural Environment Research Council Funded Project (NERC) (June 2015-April 2017)
Resource Recovery and Remediation of Alkaline Wastes, “Systems analysis, policy frameworks, stakeholder engagement and life cycle analysis (LCA)” interviewing stakeholders, policy analysis and applying Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment.
My role in this project was to bring together the physical science and engineering with the social science, quantifying the impacts of the remediation system being developed using LCSA methodologies and an Ecosystem Services approach.I was investigating the effective communication of results to stakeholders and the potential barriers to implementation (policy, culture) within the wider social, economic and environmental system.
Co PI and Project Manager-MAPeRR NERC Funded Mini-project (July 2016-January 2017)
Multi-parametric Assessment of Policies for Resource Recovery from Waste, my work for the project included:
- Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities Threats (SWOT) analysis
- Political, Economic, Social, Technological, Environmental, Legal (PESTEL) analysis
- Life Cycle Integrated Assessment of system for resource recovery from wastes project case study
Ph.D. University of Hull
The development of a novel framework to assess the viability; environmentally, economically and socially of differing remediation technologies for the remediation of wastewater from abandoned metal mines: Applied to a case study of an abandoned noncoal mines site in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
- Life Cycle Assessment of different remediation technologies
- Environmental assessment, environmental impact assessment, risk assessment of case study sites
- Research into stakeholder attitudes using interviews and surveys
- Economic life cycle integrated assessment
- Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment (LCSA = LCIA +LCC + S-LCA)
- Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES)
MSc University of Hull
Research Project: A Comparison of Two Uses of Pyrolysis Char; Using Life Cycle Analysis and Qualitative Models (Assessing Carbon Abatement Potential).
My research involves investigating the issues and challenges that practitioners working in “community resilience” face. I work with multiple stakeholders, the knowledge that they hold is vital to my research into the dynamics, processes and interactions across sectors, between organisations and within communities. My principle aim is to understand the interactions of environmental, social, economic systems and how these impact upon communities’ subject to multiple hazards and stresses. To achieve this my current research is focussed on the evolving roles and relationships across multiple sectors and with communities which they serve. I use both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.
An area of research which I am currently developing is farm and farmers’ resilience. I am taking an interdisciplinary approach to explore what resilience means for farmers, drawing on expertise from multiple sectors to investigate this area.
I'm interested in policy development and how it is implemented impacts wider social, economic and environmental systems. My areas of interest include Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment (LCSA), integrating social, environmental and economic assessment, Ecosystem Services and the Circular Economy. I am interested in the interactions between society and managed/engineered systems; including the potential barriers (policy, culture) to implementation of evidence based solutions to environmental problems within wider social, economic and environmental systems.
Agricultural Resilience; Community Resilience; Adaptation and Transformation; Systems and Resilience; Ecosystem Services; Life Cycle Sustainability Analysis; Policy, Legislation and Regulation; Local and National Governance; Sustainability; Community Agency and Autonomy; Disaster Risk Reduction.
I currently have no formal teaching duties; I deliver guest lectures within The School of Interdisciplinary Studies.
I have taught both postgraduate and undergraduate students
- Waste management; level I
- Ecosystem Services
- Pyrolysis Systems
- Waste management