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Nicola Wilson



I am an interdisciplinary scientist interested in the use of novel technologies and data science to drive system change, improve decision making and inform policy.  I particularly enjoy working at the interface of research with policy and business applications. 

I am currently undertaking my PhD through the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Environmental Intelligence – a programme to pioneer novel research in data science and artificial intelligence for sustainable futures.  My research area is focusing on how novel digital technologies can help upscale and finance blue carbon, with a focus on seagrass. 

Before joining the CDT, I worked for many years in flood and coastal risk management in both public and private sectors, later specialising in coastal adaptation strategies and policy research.

Research interests

  • Financing blue carbon
  • Satellite applications
  • Nature-based solutions
  • Digital technologies and innovation
  • Socio-ecological interactions
  • Systems thinking


  • Chris Laing
  • Bob Brewin
  • Rudy Arthur
  • Sarah Hartley
  • Hywel Williams


2004:  BSc Geography with Oceanography (University of Southampton)
2008:  European MSc Water and Coastal Management (University of Plymouth/Universidad de Cadiz, Spain)
2013:  L5 Diploma in Management and Leadership (Chartered Management Institute)
2016:  Chartered Water and Environmental Manager (CIWEM)

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