James is a PhD student in the Geography Department at the University of Cambridge. His PhD research concerns the morphological evolution of Blakeney Spit, a mixed sand-gravel barrier on the UK's east coast. Uniting various historical, remotely sensed and instrumented datasets, this research reconstructs coastal change over the past 130 years with a view to inform our understanding of how this system will behave in the future. A key outcome of this work is improved understanding of management regime change and its impact on erosion-flooding interactions. James has experience as an independent coastal flood risk consultant in addition to ongoing collaborations with regulatory bodies and engineering consultancy firms. Further interests include the application of satellite data to understand environmental risks, communication of risk to diverse audiences, and approaches to quantifying future urban flood risk.