Staff Profile

  • 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.


  • 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.

    Recent funded projects:

    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)

  • 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 – Resilient Lagoon Network.

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    Recent funded projects

    • UKRI-GCRF Network grant (2021-2022). Establishing a network to build resilient coastal communities in West Africa
    • NERC Digital Solutions to Open Environmental Sciences (2021-2022). GeoCoLab supporting equitable access to laboratory facilities and equipment.
  • For publications, projects, datasets, research interests and activities, view Sian Davies-Vollum’s research profile on Pure, the University of Northampton’s Research Explorer.

  • Publications (last ten years)

    • Davies-Vollum, K.S., Ribchester, C., Danso-Wiredu, E. and Raha, D. (submitted) Virtual mobility to enhance intercultural competencies for a more sustainable future. Innovations in Education and Teaching International.
    • Raha, D., Davies-Vollum, K.S. and co-authors (in revision) Beyond climate change. Addressing the interconnected challenges faced by coastal communities in the Global South. Invited contribution Nature-Human Behaviour.
    • Davies-Vollum, K.S., Puttick, S. and co-authors, 2022, Resilient lagoons: climate change, sustainability and adaptation, Journal of Geography. 
    • Koomson, D., Davies-Vollum. K.S. and Raha, D., 2022, Earth Science, Systems and Society – Hazards and Society Special Publication. Climatic hazards: high importance but low severity to rural fishing communities
    • Davies-Vollum K.S., Raha D., Koomson D., 2021, Climate Change Impact and Adaptation: Lagoonal Fishing Communities in West Africa. In: Leal Filho W., Ogugu N., Adelake L., Ayal D., da Silva I. (eds) African Handbook of Climate Change Adaptation. Springer, Cham. 
    • Koomson, D., Davies-Vollum. K.S. and Raha, 2020, Characterising the Vulnerability of Fishing Households to Climate and Environmental Change: Insights from Ghana, Marine Policy 120. 
    • Hamzar, O., De Vargas, T. Boff, F.E. Hussain, Y. and Davies-Vollum, K.S., 2019, A case study on Geohazard assessment of landslides in South Brazil. Geotechnical and Geological Engineering
    • Boatright, D., Davies-Vollum, K. S. & King, C., 2019, Earth Science Education: The current state of play. Geoscientist: 29 (8), 16-19.
    • Davies-Vollum, K.S., Zhang, Z. and Angyekhumene, A, 2019, Impacts of anthropogenic lagoon opening on shoreline change: case study from Muni-Pomadze lagoon, Ghana. Journal of Coastal Conservation and Management. DOI: 10.1007/s11852-018-0658-1
    • Jin-long, L., Hamza, O., Davies-Vollum, K.S. and Jie-qun, L., 2018, A case study of shield tunnel uplift by secondary grouting. Tunelling and Underground Space Technology v 80: 313-321.
    • Davies-Vollum, K.S., P. D. Guion, J. Knight & A. Smith, 2016, The Geology of Caphouse Colliery, Wakefield, Yorkshire. Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society: 61, 37-53.
    • Davies-Vollum, K.S. and West, M., 2015, Shoreline change and sea level rise at the Muni-Pomadze coastal wetlands (Ramsar site), Ghana, Jnl of Coastal Conservation and Management: 19 (4): 515-525.
    • Selkin, P.A., Boyle, J., Carlini, A.A., Davies-Vollum, K.S., Dunn, R., Kohn, M.J., Madden, R.H. and Strömberg, C. A. E., 2015, Climate, dust and fire across the Eocene-Oligocene transition, Patagonia, Geology 43: 567-570.
    • Guion, P. and Davies-Vollum, K.S., 2013, Coal-bearing fluvio-lacustrine deposits of the Westphalian (Pennsylvanian) of the East Pennines, Field Guide, International Conf. on Fluvial Sedimentology, Leeds