Tim Acott is a Reader in Human Geography at the University of Greenwich,Director of the Greenwich Maritime Centre and Vice Chair of the Coastal and Marine Research Group at the Royal Geographic Society. Tim’s work focuses on understanding the social and cultural importance of fisheries through sense of place and cultural ecosystem services, including thinking about small-scale fisheries in the context of Responsible Tourism and socio-natural values of wetlands from a co-constructionist perspective.

Steve Fletcher is Chief Strategy Officer at the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC). He leads the Marine Programme supporting the integration of biodiversity considerations into marine policy and practice through a focus on developing and maintaining global marine biodiversity datasets and supports enhanced marine policy-making and decision-processes through testing new approaches, sharing effective practices, and capacity building.

Caroline Hattam is a Senior Scientist at the UK Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML). As an environmental economist, her main area of research is in the assessment and valuation of marine ecosystem services and its application to marine management. In addition, Caroline undertakes research exploring the social, economic and well-being impacts of changes in the marine environment and what strategies can be employed to build resilience to change among coastal communities.

Martin Le Tissier is currently Executive Officer of the Future Earth Coasts project based at MaREI, Environmental Research Institute at UCC, Ireland. Martin’s work has a strong focus on education and professional training with institutional development. He has practical experience to develop capacity building and institutional strategic responses to adaptation to climate change, coastal development and management, and participatory approaches to developing coastal resources and livelihoods.

Emma McKinley is chair of the Marine Social Sciences Network. She is currently a Ser Cymru Research Fellow within the RESILCOAST cluster at the University of Cardiff, Wales. Her research areas of interest include: societal interactions with marine and coastal environments, marine spatial planning, ecosystem management and ecosystem services, understanding public connections with our seas and the role of PPR in marine policy, coastal community sustainability, regeneration and Blue growth.

Tavis Potts is a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Geography and Director of the MSc in Environmental Partnership Management at the University of Aberdeen. An interdisciplinary researcher, his interests span marine protected area governance; political economy of the ecosystem approach; public perceptions of marine environments; green consumerism and eco-labelling and the emergence and effectiveness of the blue (low carbon) economy.

Carole White is a Senior Research Associate in the Global Environmental Justice Group at the School of International Development at the University of East Anglia. She holds a NERC Innovation Fellowship with the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS, an executive agency of the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs). Carole’s research interests include fisheries, marine and environmental policy and governance, disaster risk management in Small Island Developing States, environmental justice and social wellbeing, and the role of place and identity in social resilience.

Katherine Yates is currently a lecturer in Global ecology and conservation at Salford University, UK and is a NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow working with the UK Marine Management Organisation, facilitating the incorporation of cutting-edge science into policy and management. Her research interests include multi-disciplinary approaches to environmental management particularly in marine protected areas and fisheries management, tropical ecology and conservation, and fishers perceptions of management and their spatial priorities for fishing access.