Leslie Mabon
Title: Dr
First Name: Leslie
Surname: Mabon
Position: Lecturer in Sociology
Telephone: 01224 263210

Lecturer in Sociology. Research interests include public and stakeholder engagement on climate change, human dimensions of environmental change, and ethical/moral aspects of environmental governance.

Academic/Professional Background

Dr Leslie Mabon is a social scientist with an interest in how people understand and respond to change and risk in the environment. He is especially interested in researching how environmental change can affect society and culture, and in understanding solutions to environmental problems that help the most vulnerable members of society. Leslie's current case studies include the future of Aberdeen after the oil industry; fishing communities in Japan following the Fukushima nuclear accident; and planning responses to extreme heat in Asian cities.


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Twitter: @ljmabon

Research Interests

  • Climate change adaptation
  • Coastal communities
  • Fukushima nuclear accident
  • Managed transitions for cities and regions dependent on carbon-intensive industry
  • Social dimensions of marine pollution


  • Human-environment interactions;
  • Principles of climate change and low-carbon energy;
  • Social responsibility and the energy sector.


Peer-reviewed journal articles

Mabon, L (2016) 'Charting Disaster Recovery via Google Street View: A Social Science Perspective on Challenges Raised by the Fukishima Nuclear Disaster' International Journal of Disaster Risk Science;

Mabon, L and Kawabe, M (2016) 'Engagement on risk and uncertainty - lessons from coastal regions of Fukishima Prefecture, Japan after the 2011 nuclear disaster?' Journal of Risk Research;

Mabon, L and Littlecott, C (2016) 'Stakeholder and public perceptions of CO2-EOR in the context of CCS - results from UK focus groups and implications for policy' International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control 49: 128-137;

Mabon, L and Kawabe, M (2015) 'Fisheries in Iwaki after the Fukushima Dai'ichi nuclear accident: lessons for coastal management under conditions of high uncertainty?' Coastal Management 43 (5): 498-518;

Mabon, L, Shackley, S, Blackford, J, Stahl, H and Miller, A (2015) 'Local perceptions of the QICS experimental offshore CO2 release: results from social science research' International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control 38: 18-25;

Kaiser, M, Brunsting, S, Mastop, J, Zimmer, R, Shackley, S, Mabon, L and Howell, R (2015) 'CCS acceptability: social site characterization and advancing awareness at prospective storage sites in Poland and Scotland' Oil and Gas Science and Technology 70 (4): 767-784;

Mabon, L, Shackley, S, Vercelli, S, Anderlucci, J. and Boot, K (2015) 'Deliberative decarbonisation? Exploring a framework of ethical governance for low-carbon energy' Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 33 (2): 256-271;

Mabon, L, and Shackley, S (2015) ‘More than meeting the targets? The ethical dimensions of carbon dioxide capture and storage’ Environmental Values 24: 465-482;

Howell, R, Shackley, S, Mabon, L, Ashworth, P, and Jeanneret, T (2014) ‘Engaging the public with low-carbon energy technologies: results from a Scottish large group process’ Energy Policy 66: 496-506;

Mabon, L, Shackley, S, and Bower-Bir, N (2014) ‘Perceptions of sub-seabed carbon dioxide storage in Scotland and implications for policy: A qualitative study’ Marine Policy 45: 9-15;

Mabon, L (2012) ‘Values, places and bodies: opportunities for forging a deeper understanding of public perceptions of CCS?’ Energy and Environment 23 (2-3): 329-343.

Selected contributions to edited collections/proceedings/working papers

Mabon, L, and Kawabe, M (forthcoming) ‘‘If over a hundred Becquerels is no good, then what does fifty Becquerels mean?’ Governing fisheries and marine radiation in Japan after the Fukushima nuclear accident’ in Baghel, R, Stepan, L, and Hill, J (eds) Water, Knowledge and the Environment in Asia Earthscan: London;

Mabon, L (2016) ‘Responsible risk-taking, or – how might CSR be responsive to the nature of contemporary risks? Reflections on sub-seabed carbon dioxide storage in Scotland and marine radioactive contamination in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan’ in Vertigans, S and Idowu, S (eds) Corporate Social Responsibility: Academic Insights and Impacts Springer: New York pp 205-222;

Mabon, L (2015) 'Radioactivity and the city - what might Iwaki in Japan tell us about life under major environmental change?' in Condie J and AM Cooper (eds) Dialogues of Sustainable Urbanisation University of West Sydney: Pentrith, NSW pp 278-281;

Scott, V, Haszeldine, R.S, Shackley, S, Gilfillan, S.M.V, Mabon, L, and Johnson, G (2014) ‘North Sea: carbon dioxide storage is secure’ Nature 506: 34.

Mabon, L (2014) ‘Respect for nature at 200 km/h? Exploring the role of lifestyle mobilities in environmental responsibility’ in Duncan T, S Cohen and M Thulemark (eds) Lifestyle Mobilities and Corporealities Ashgate: Farnham pp 239-252;

Mabon, L and Shackley, S (2013) ‘Sweeping it under the carpet? The ethical dimensions of carbon capture and storage’ in International Social Science Council/UNESCO (ed) World Social Science Report 2013 ISSC/UNESCO/OECD: Paris pp 396-400;

Grants and Awards

2017/18 - Wellcome Trust Seed Award in Humanities and Social Sciences (Principal Investigator, with Ming-Chuan University; University of Science and Technology Hanoi: Kyushu University) (£49,000)

2017/18 - Regional Studies Association Early Career Grant (£10,000)

2016/17 - British Academy International Partnership and Mobility Scheme (Joint Principal Investigator, with Institute of Human Geography, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences) (£10,000)

2015/16 - UK CCS Research Centre - International Collaboration Grant (with Research Centre for Innovative Technology for the Earth, Kyoto, Japan) (£17,000);

2015/16 - GB Sasakawa Foundation - Scotland-Japan Workshops on Environmental Governance (£5,000);

2014 - Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage Joint Industry Project - Work Package Leader (Public and Stakeholder Perception);

2014 - Japan Foundation Fellowship (Short-Term) (¥716,000);

External Roles

  • Reviewer for Energy and Environment, International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, International Journal of Risk Assessment and Management, Energies, Journal of Risk Research, and Routledge for Geography book series;
  • Lead Researcher, UK CCS Research Centre Early Career Programme Review, February-November 2013;
  • ClimateXchange Citizens' Juries on Wind Farm Development in Scotland (2014-15) - research team member;
  • Invited participant, 2015 Summer Institute for Disaster and Risk Reduction, Beijing Normal University, China 27 July-7 August 2015.