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Academic Background

I graduated with a degree in Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh before completing a Masters of Resource Management (Coastal and Marine Resources) at the University Centre of the Westfjords in Isafjodur, Iceland. My Masters thesis was an examination of the relationship between owner-skippers and their fishing capital in the Scottish demersal fishery. I used semi-structured interviews to explore questions surrounding the national and privatised ownership of fishing quota and the socio-economic effects of the quota system in Scotland. 

I am now working on my PhD at UEA, entitled: The Future Governance of ‘Blue’ Common Pool Resources: What do Fisheries and ‘Blue’ Carbon have in Common? An International Framework.

The project is embedded within the ARIES doctoral training programme and is in partnership with CEFAS (The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science).

Key Research Interests

My PhD project aims to bring the emerging natural resource of marine carbon to life. The ecosystem service provided by natural carbon sequestration and storage in shelf seas has the potential to be utilised in climate change mitigation strategies in ways similar to othe rnatural stores of carbon such as rain forests and coastal Blue Carbon. Key to the project is the conceptualisation of marine carbon as an international common pool resource and therefore one that requires at least a minimum level of international co-management. This is simlar to fish - another 'blue' resource that requires international co-management. By researching the hypothetical governance and management of this potential marine carbon resource (and analogues such as fish and nutrient pollution), I hope to  inform policymakers on how the resource can best be utilised and governed to help combat climate change.

As such, my research interests centre on the following fields: environmental governance (especially marine and fisheries), blue carbon, carbon economics, political ecology, theoretical geography, commons studies, environmental philosophy, and natural resource managment.

The chosen project research methods focus on social and qualitative methods, including expert consultation (Interviewing, Q-Methodology), Stakeholder Mapping and Scenarios Analysis.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Science, University Centre of the Westfjords

14 Aug 201528 May 2017

Award Date: 19 Jul 2017

Master of Arts, University of Edinburgh

1 Sep 200731 May 2012

Award Date: 5 Jul 2012