Surfer // Scientist // Ambassador // Explorer
Post-doctoral research fellow at the Whitaker Institute, NUIG and member of the research cluster for Social Innovation, Participation and Policy (SIPP), Dr. Easkey Britton co-leads the interdisciplinary NEAR-Health work package on nature-based solutions: a framework to use coastal blue and green space to restore health and wellbeing. Britton also holds an honorary visiting research fellowship in Sport and Leisure Studies at the University of Waikato. A marine social scientist with a PhD in Environment and Society from University of Ulster, Easkey is channeling her passion for surfing and the sea into social change.
Her parents taught her to surf when she was four years old and her life has revolved around the ocean ever since. A recent graduate from THNK’s School of Creative leadership, Easkey’s work is deeply influenced by the ocean and the lessons learned pioneering women’s big-wave surfing at spots like Mullaghmore, Co.Sligo, which led her to be invited to give an inspiring TEDx talk in 2013: Just Add Surf and awarded a World Surfing League big wave nomination of the year in 2011 and 2013.
Passionate about the power of the sea to connect, she convenes & facilitates gatherings and workshops on leadership & social change globally. Presenter & co-producer of the award winning documentary on women surfing Iran, ‘Into the Sea’, Britton recently founded Like Water, a social change initiative that seeks to foster positive relationships with water and the sea through immersive learning experiences and visual, creative storytelling.
Social Media: @easkeysurf