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Dr Easkey Britton

Eden Project Ambassador

Dr Easkey Britton is a marine social scientist, water-woman, writer, film-maker and ocean leader with a PhD in Environment and Society. 


A photo of Easkey Britton

Her work explores the relationship between people and nature, especially water environments. She contributes her expertise in blue space, health and social wellbeing on national and international research projects including the EU-funded Horizon2020 project on Seas, Oceans and Public Health in Europe (SOPHIE).

A life-long surfer, her parents taught her to surf when she was four years old and she channels her passion for surfing and the sea into social change. Named an ‘Agent of Change’ by Surfer magazine in their special Ocean Edition, her work is deeply influenced by the ocean and the lessons learned pioneering women’s big-wave surfing in Ireland and the sport of surfing with women in Iran, which led her to be invited to give an inspiring TEDx talk: Just Add Surf. Her ground-breaking journey to Iran in 2013 introduced the sport of surfing to women and local communities and is featured in the award-winning documentary film, "Into the Sea”.

Passionate about facilitating creative & collaborative processes, she founded Like Water, a platform to explore innovative ways to reconnect with who we are, our environment and each other, through water. She uses the sea as an active metaphor to dive deep into the power of presence and embodiment of natural cycles.

Easkey designs and delivers international summits and global leadership programmes specialising in experiential learning, nature connection, immersive embodiment practices, community engagement and social impact, including the annual Wavemaker retreat in Portugal and Move Like Water retreat for women. She is currently writing a new book for Mercier Press called ‘Saltwater in the Blood.’

Sir Tim Smit in conversation with Dr Easkey Britton