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Sian Davies-Vollum is academic leader with twenty-five years of international experience in Higher Education. She has experience of a broad range of University leadership roles across the academic portfolio and holds influential national roles in her subject area of geoscience. She is an international researcher in environmental geoscience, with a particular focus on coastal and wetland environments.

Research Interests

Sian researches the impacts of environmental and climate change on coastal and wetland environments from the geological past and present. Her experience includes leading research teams and projects in collaborative multi-disciplinary teams; field-based research in Europe, Africa and North America and lab-based research in sedimentology. She currently co-leads the Resilient Lagoon Network Resilient Lagoon Network 

Recent funded projects:

GCRF-AMS funds (2021-2022) to support the development of the Resilient Lagoon Network working on sustainability of coastal lagoon environments in West Africa

Association of Commonwealth Universities Virtual Mobility grant (2021) to support an online workshop for inter-cultural competency of the UN-SDGs. In Collaboration with University of Education Winneba (Ghana)

Teaching Interests

Sian has a PGCERT in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education and holds SFHEA (PFHEA pending). She has expertise in developing Environment and Sustainability related curriculum at multiple HEIs in the UK and USA. She has experience in pedagogic research related to research in the curriculum,  leading study abroad programmes, interdisciplinary teaching, student employability and degree apprenticeships, education for sustainable development, and establishing foundation year programmes.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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