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Professor Cherith Moses

Head of Department of History, Geo & Soc

History, Geography & Social Sciences

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Department: History, Geography & Social Sciences

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Cherith was formerly Director of the Centre for Coastal Research and University Director for International Recruitment and Development at Sussex University, where she was made Chair in 2015. She has been a Visiting Research Fellow at the Australian National University (1992), lecturer at the University of Brighton (1994-96) and Visiting Academic in the Institute of Marine and Limnological Studies at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM; 2008).

Cherith is a geomorphologist. Her research addresses government priorities on coastal erosion, flooding and coastal vulnerability and resilience. Her work with EMODnet Geology maps coastal behaviour on a pan-European scale, collaborating with Geological Surveys around Europe to assess the resilience and vulnerability of shorelines composed of different geological materials (low-lying mobile sand coastlines to soft and hard cliffed coastlines). She leads a large collaborative research project between the UK and Thailand funded by the Natural Environment Research Council and Thailand Research Fund on “Thai Coast: Coastal Vulnerability, Resilience and Adaptation in Thailand” (NE/S0003231/1), where natural and social scientists examine the risks and impacts of hydrometeorological hazards on coastal communities in Thailand.

Cherith is Chief Editor, Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology. She is an invited member of the NERC Peer Review College.

Research Interests

Coastal vulnerability and resilience are key themes in Cherith’s research, building on her expertise in natural erosion and sedimentary processes and utilising a cross-disciplinary and multi-sectoral approach. Her research is funded by a variety of organisations including the Environment Agency, the European Union, Defra and NERC.

Current research projects:

Past projects:

  • Measuring active layer depth to develop predictive models of mixed sediment beach response to wave energies (NERC CASE funded).
  • Beaches At Risk (BAR; EU funded)
  • Understanding the behaviour of cohesive foreshores (Defra funded)
  • Sediment Transport in the Ouse-Newhaven Estuary (STONE; Environment Agency funded)
  • Beach Erosion in the Rives Manche (BERM; EU funded)

On the EU funded European Shore Platform Erosion Dynamics (ESPED) Cherith led the Geotechnical work package.