I have worked across a range of projects with social science elements, specialising in policy and stakeholder engagement. My research has covered a diverse range of topics, including governance, tourism, protected areas, natural and cultural heritage, renewable energy and resilience and adaptation in coastal areas. I have a particular interest in the Arctic and Far North, having worked in Svalbard, Greenland and Iceland. I am a member of the Svalbard Social Science Initiative and am often engaged in research activities there.
Blue Growth Farm (EU Horizon, 2019-21)
ASTRAL (EU Horizon 2020-24)
Highlight past projects
Preserving and Sustainably Governing Cultural Heritage and Landscapes in European Coastal and Maritime Regions (PERICLES); Funded by EU Horizon 2020; 2018-21.
Sustainable Heritage Areas: Partnership for Ecotourism (SHAPE); Funded by EU Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme; 2017-20
PLACE in the Biosphere; Funded by Heritage Lottery Fund; 2018-21
BSc (Hons) Marine Science: Year 3 Marine Pollution. Lecturer
Zhang J, Sokolíčková Z, Iversen L, Meyer A, Ødegaard CV and Ferguson L (2021) (Un)Inhabiting Svalbard: Stories of Makings from a Transient Place in the High Arctic. TRANSLOCAL Contemporary Local and Urban Cultures. Accepted July 2021
Ounanian K, van Tatenhove J, Hansen CJ, Delaney AE, Bohnstedt H, Azzopardi E, Flannery W, Toonen H, Kenter JO, Ferguson L, Kraan M, Macias JV, Lamers M, Pita C, da Silva AMF, Albuquerque H, Alves F, Mylona D and Frangoudes K (2021) Conceptualizing Coastal and Maritime Cultural Heritage through Communities of Meaning and Participation. Journal of Ocean and Coastal Management, 212, doi: 105806.
Ferguson L (2019) Polar Policy Making: Two Ethnographic Accounts of Polar Field Scientists Interacting with Polar Governance and Policy. International Sociology Reviews, 34(5), pp.552-559.
Ferguson L (2019) Book Review - Coastal Works: Cultures of the Atlantic Edge. Limina Journal, 24(2).
Bach L, Ferguson L, Feltelius V and Sondergaard J (2014) 'Orchomenella pinguis (amphipoda) - a possible species for heavy metal biomonitoring of marine sediments,' Journal of Coastal Life Medicine, 2(2), pp.116-123.
Ferguson L (2010) Hong Kong: Communicating 1997 and Beyond Through Film. eSharp, Special Issue: Communicating Change Representing Self and Community in a Technological World, pp.30-49.
Ferguson L (2010) Book Review - ‘Writing History and Film’ and ‘The Hollywood Historical Film.’ Scope, 16, no pagination.
Ferguson L et al (2020) Report on Policy Aspects. Report. Preserving and Sustainably Governing Cultural Heritage and Landscapes in European Coastal and Maritime Regions (PERICLES), pp.58.
Ferguson L et al (2019) Report on Policy Interviews. Report. Preserving and Sustainably Governing Cultural Heritage and Landscapes in European Coastal and Maritime Regions (PERICLES), pp.42.
Ferguson L et al (2019) Critical Policy Analysis of Cultural Heritage in Coastal and Maritime Policy. Report. Preserving and Sustainably Governing Cultural Heritage and Landscapes in European Coastal and Maritime Regions (PERICLES), pp.37.
Murtagh B, Ferguson L, and Flannery W (2019) Coastal and Maritime Cultural Heritage at Risk and Common Risk Management Strategies. Preserving and Sustainably Governing Cultural Heritage and Landscapes in European Coastal and Maritime Regions (PERICLES), pp.93.
Ferguson L, Saville S and Sokolíčková Z (2019) Public Consultation on Views Towards Management of Central Spitsbergen. Svalbard Social Science Initiative, pp.12.
Ferguson L (2018) Governance for Sustainable Heritage Areas. Report. Sustainable Heritage Areas: Partnerships for Ecotourism (SHAPE), pp.107. Available at: https://shape.interreg-npa.eu/subsites/SHAPE/WPt3_Ensuring_effective_governance/DT.3.1.1_Report_on_governance_structures.pdf
Ferguson L (2017) Mapping and Managing Natural and Cultural Heritage Assets and Assessing Climate Change Impacts. Report. Sustainable Heritage Areas: Partnerships for Ecotourism (SHAPE), pp.80. Available at: https://shape.interreg-npa.eu/subsites/SHAPE/WPt2_Capitalising_on_assets/DT2.1.1_Report_on_mapping_and_managing_assets_and_assessing_climate_change_impacts.pdf
Ferguson L (2020) Integrated and Participatory Heritage Management for Tourism in Northern Ireland, SHAPE Conference, 5 Feb. 2020, Joensuu, Finland.
Ferguson, L. 2019. Arctic Coastal Cultural Heritage at Risk, ARCTIS Conference, 20 Feb. 2019, Russia.
Ferguson, L. and Lorch, C. 2017. A Community Survey Analysis of Public Attitudes Regarding Renewable Energy Development in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Rovaniemi Arctic Spirit Conference: Sustainable Development in the Arctic, 14th-16th November 2017, Rovaniemi, Finland.
Ferguson, L. 2017. Public Participatory GIS for Sustainable Tourism Development in Snaefellsnes Regional Park, Iceland, UK Arctic Science Conference, 19-21 Sep. 2017, Oban, United Kingdom.
Ferguson, L. 2016. Communities as Stakeholders in Arctic Water Resources Development, International Conference: Sanitation in Cold Climate Regions, 12-14 Apr. 2016, Sisimiut, Greenland.
Ferguson, L. 2015. A Holistic Approach to Small-Scale Hydro-power and Marine Energy Development in the Arctic Zone, In the Spirit of the Rovaniemi Process 2nd International Conference: Local and Global Arctic, 24-26 Nov. 2015, Rovaniemi, Finland.
Ferguson, L. 2013. Artistic Licence in Communicating Science, Fifth International Conference on Science in Society, 22-23 Nov. 2013, Warsaw, Poland.
Memberships and roles
Since Dec 2019: Communications Officer, Marine Social Science Network
Member, Svalbard Social Science Network
2019-2020 Engage Researchers' Academy
The Edge Seminar Series (University of the Highlands & Islands). March 2021; online
PERICLES Webinar Series. October 2020; online
Since 2021 Marine Social Science PDRA; SAMS
2018-21 Research Fellow. Queen's University Belfast
2018 Project Intern. Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere Reserve
2017-18 Research Assistant. Centre for Mountain Studies, University of the Highlands and Islands
2006-07 Reporter and Feature Writer. Carrick Gazette
2005-06 Editorial Assistant. Carrick Media
2019 MSc Geographic Information Systems. University of Leeds
2015 MSc Water Resources. Heriot-Watt University
2013 BSc (Hons) 2:1 Natural Sciences. The Open University
2011 PhD Interdisciplinary Studies. University of Glasgow
2007 BA (Hons) 2:1 Humanities. The Open University
2006 BA (Hons) 1st Class Media. University of Paisley