Emma McKinley | Chair Emma 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.​

Tim Acott | Co-Chair Tim 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.

Katherine Yates | Co-Chair Katherine 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.​

Martin Le Tissier | Website Development Martin is a Senior Research Fellow 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.

Holly Griffin | Communications Team Lead Holly is a marine social scientist working at the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre in Cambridge, UK. She supports the integration of social science into work at the science/policy interface, and leads on the development of Ocean Literacy projects at UNEP-WCMC. Holly has recently delivered an Ocean Literacy programme onboard a tall ship, in partnership with the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), educating students from Palau during a 17 day passage from Japan.

Karen Alexander | International Officer Karen is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Marine Socioecology, and the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies, at the University of Tasmania. She is a human geographer with wide-ranging interests, centring on marine governance. Karen uses interdisciplinary research to address real-world social issues arising from ‘blue growth’ (the developing marine economy) and to facilitate ‘blue governance’ (sustainable management of marine resources). Karen set up the Australian chapter of the Marine Social Science Network and is MSSN’s International Officer.

Gavin Scarff  | Knowledge Exchange Officer (Industry/UK) Gavin is an Environment and Licensing Manager working within the offshore wind farm industry. He works closely with a wide range of stakeholders from both the natural and human environment to ensure that offshore wind farms are developed and operated in a safe and sustainable manner. He is an an IMarEST Chartered Marine Scientist who has led marine environmental and geophysical surveys across the world, gaining experience from a variety of sectors. Gavin has worked closely with academic and industry partners to support existing degree programmes and enable young graduates and students to gain work experience. He is currently supporting The Crown Estate Marine Futures internship programme.

Chloe Wenman | Knowledge Exchange Officer (Policy) Chloe has a cross-sector background, and currently works for Natural Resources Wales in their marine policy and planning team. Her background is in international law and politics, focusing on law of the sea. She focused her research on marine pollution, governance of areas beyond national jurisdiction and the benefit-sharing role that local communities can play in natural resource management. She is really interested in how policy can incorporate more stakeholder engagement, ultimately leading to behaviour change. She’s worked on social research projects across the public and private sectors and has experience in engagement design, facilitation and qualitative analysis. https://withinandwithout615.wordpress.com/

Emily Easman | Communications Officer Emily grew up in the South West and now living in Cornwall. Studying a BSc in Conservation Biology and MSc in Wildlife Conservation she realised that there was something missing from a lot of conservation science…. People! This sparked her passion for science communication and community engagement in our amazing coastal heritage. Now, as Exeter Marine project coordinator, she gets to spend her days sharing excellent marine science with people, communities and industry. 

“I’m happiest when I’m in the sea (or ‘on’ the sea on my stand-up paddleboard)! On those rather more wet, windy and ‘mizzle’ filled days when I can’t get to the sea, (my 1966 Triumph Herald doesn’t like the rain too much) you’ll probably find me whipping up a batch of chocolate croissants or planning my dream wildlife-friendly garden!”

Jack Daly | Communications Officer  Jack’s  work and research centers around achieving fisheries and ocean sustainability through the natural, social and policy sciences. His commitment to the marine sciences were developed by growing up in coastal Massachusetts in the United Sates. He became interested in the policy and social side of the marine sciences while completing his Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island in 2017. He then made the move to Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada for his master’s degree, studying coastal fishing communities and how changes in international trade policy impacted their livelihood, prosperity, and sustainability. Living in Newfoundland and Labrador solidified he learned first-hand about the resilience of coastal communities grappling with economic and ecological change. After graduating from Memorial University in 2019 he completed a Fellowship with the Too Big To Ignore Global Partnership for Small Scale Fisheries Research and currently works as a Biologist with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Laura Ferguson | Communications Officer Laura’s research centres on natural and cultural heritage, including issues relating to governance, tourism, and resilience and adaptation.  In addition to her social sciences work, she has a scientific background in environmental engineering, specialising in extreme cold climate water resources engineering, and GIS.  She is currently a Research Fellow working on the coastal and maritime cultural heritage project PERICLES (https://www.pericles-heritage.eu) at Queen’s University Belfast, as well as writing up her recent research on cultural heritage in the Arctic settlement of Longyearbyen in Svalbard.  Laura is also a founding member of the Svalbard Social Science Initiative.

Rebecca Short | Secretary Rebecca is a Research Fellow with the European Centre for Environment and Human Health, University of Exeter, UK. Her research has focused on small-scale fisheries, human health and livelihoods in Africa, recently broadening to development of an Oceans and Human Health research agenda. Her PhD presented a first investigation into the socio-ecological dynamics of mosquito net fishing; a global analysis of the prevalence and policy environment alongside a detailed case study in Northern Mozambique. Her research interests lie in the contribution of small-scale fisheries to the Sustainable Development Goals broadly, but with a particular interest in health and gender equality.