Glen Smith


1 King Stephen Road




Education & career


PhD in Marine Resource Management

UiT – The Arctic University of Norway

Title: Governance and power in the planning of Scotland’s seas

Awarded 11/2018


MSc (with distinction) Environment and Development

The University of Edinburgh

Awarded 06/2011


BA (Hons.) European Studies with German

Durham University

Result - 2:1

Awarded June 2006



03/2021 - Present

Research Fellow. Flood Hazard Research Centre (FHRC). Middlesex University, London.

SOLARIS Project (SOLidarity in climate change Adaptation policies:towards more socio-spatial justice in the face of multiple RISks)

04/2019 - 03/2021

Postdoctoral researcher. Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy (MaREI), Environmental Research Institute (ERI), University College Cork, UCC.


01/10/2018 – 01/01/2019

Marine Planning Coordinator – Clyde Fishermen’s Association


07/2018 – 09/2018

Field researcher for the annual fishing fleet survey conducted by Seafish


01/2017 – 07/2018

Time taken to complete my Ph.D. thesis, travel and improve my Spanish


01/2013 – 01/2017

PhD Candidate. UiT, The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø


09/2012 – 01/2013

Community Development Intern. Third Sector International,Lebrija, Spain. Organic farming project.

Other key interests
Available for teaching/education
Research activities

I am currently working on a JPI Climate (UKRI) funded project called SOLARIS (SOLidarity in climate change Adaptation policies:towards more socio-spatial justice in the face of multiple RISks). We are investigating the role of justice and equality in flood risk management in Belgium, England, Finland, and France. This is a qualitative research project involving mainly policy analysis, interviews, and focus groups. One of the English case studies focuses on coastal erosion and flooding (in West Sussex).


Previously I researched the resilience of Ireland's coastal and marine areas in the context of climate change. This involves the various iterations of 'resilience' and how different communities respond - or do not - to the challenges. This includes the policies and regulations at different scales to support their actions, and where these might be improved.

I am primarily interested in ways that positive steps can be taken in difficult circumstances. And how existing (informal) governance structures in communities might subsume some of the responsibilities.

The project is being conducted through a series of interviews, meetings and workshops.

Selected publications (up to 5)

Smith, G., LeTissier, M., O’Hagan, A. M., & Farrell, E. J. (2022). Policy coherence for climate change adaptation at the land-sea interface in Ireland. Planning Practice & Research, 37(2), 173-188.

Smith, G. (2018). Good governance and the role of the public in Scotland's marine spatial planning system. Marine Policy, 94, 1-9.


Smith, G. and Jentoft, S. (2017). Marine spatial planning in Scotland. Levelling the playing field? Marine Policy84: 33-41.


Smith, G. (2015). Creating the spaces, filling them up. Marine spatial planning in the Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters. Ocean & Coastal Management116: 132-142.


Smith, G. and Brennan, R. E. (2012). Losing our way with mapping: thinking critically about marine spatial planning in Scotland. Ocean & Coastal Management69: 210-216.