David O'byrne

Postdoctoral Fellow, Sustainability Science, Master's Degree, Bachelor's Degree

Postdoctoral fellow

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified



My current Post-doctoral work is divided between two projects, both international collaborations focusing on different aspects of sustainable development in various countries in Africa. The first project is concerned with human migration induced by socially mediated environmental changes. My focus within this project is on the role that contentious political action plays both as a driver and as a result of migration. The second project is an evaluation of investments in agroforestry and other sustainable land managment practices as part of the Great Green Wall project in the Sahel region. I focus, in particular, on the social impacts of these interventions. 

My PhD work focused on sustainable development in the Mississippi river delta. River deltas area often densely populated, ecologically diverse and economically productive regions. Many are sinking faster than the sea level is rising, while losing further land to canals and pipelines, sediment starvation and sand theft. This increases the risk of flooding with sometimes tragic consequences for people who inhabit and work in these regions. My research looked at the social response to this problem, in government adaptation plans and civil society action, with a primary focus on the Mississippi River Delta in Louisiana in the U.S, and with reference to other deltas around the world. In the interest of producing use-inspired basic research, a central tenet of Sustainability Science, my aim was to contribute scientific analysis to action towards improved delta sustainability.


Recent research outputs

David Harnesk, Ellinor Isgren, Chad Boda, David O Byrne, Maryam Nastar & Mine Islar, 2019 Nov 4, Sydsvenska Dagbladet, Debatt.

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