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This pillar aims to develop a robust knowledge base for better regulation and sustainable solutions.

 

Pillar Leader: Nicky Beaumont, Plymouth Marine Laboratory

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Barbara Bokor, University of Bergen

I’m a Ph.D. Research Fellow at the Faculty of Law, University of Bergen and my project deals with marine plastic pollution from a corporate sector perspective. The active participation of the businesses is essential to reduce the sources, impacts and costs of plastics on the environment. My aim is to explore which regulatory instruments could be the most efficient to influence the decision-making process and behavior of the private sector. The research has an interdisciplinary methodology by considering the economic and corporate governance aspects, too. NAMC is a unique opportunity to use my knowledge in an international scientific environment and I’m grateful to be a member of it.

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Frans de Vries, University of Stirling

Frans de Vries is full professor of economics in the Division of Economics at the University of Stirling Management School. His research focuses on the design and functioning of market-based environmental policy mechanisms for pollution control and biodiversity conservation. Another focal point of his research relates to the interaction between environmental policy and technological innovation. Frans has consulted for the OECD (Environment Directorate), the UK and Irish Environment Agencies, and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

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Katarina Elofsson, University of Aarhus

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Linda Finska, University of Tromsø

Linda is a lawyer and researcher who is passionate about the protection of the environment. Linda worked as a PhD research fellow at the Norwegian Center for the Law of the Sea and the Arctic University of Norway and her PhD dissertation, ‘Confronting the Global Plastics Problem – A Framework and Elements of an International Legal Response’, is currently under review. Linda was also part of an interdisciplinary project, ‘Marine Plastic Pollution in the Arctic: origin, status, costs and incentives for prevention’. Linda is in particular interested in problem-based legal responses to environmental problems, which take into account the multifaceted and interdisciplinary nature of these issues.

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Marte Haave, NORCE

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Piotr Grazyk, NORCE

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Tenaw Gedefaw Abate, University of Aarhus

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Margrethe Aanesen, Centre for Applied Research at NHH

Margrethe Aanesen holds a PhD in natural resource and environmental economics. Up to 2020 she worked as a professor at UiT Arctic University of Norway, and after that she has been affiliated with Center for applied research (SNF) at Norwegian school of Economics and Business administration (NHH). Main interest is the work with various ecosystem services and how to value such services monetarily. Previous and ongoing work includes valuation of coral reefs off the Norwegian coast, valuation of efforts to reduce marine plastic waste off the coast of Svalbard, the trade-off between commercial and private use of coastal areas in Arctic Norway. Earlier work includes game theoretic analyses of transboundary environmental issues and fisheries management. Aanesen is a typical applied researcher, whose main motivation for doing research is to contribute to solve societal challenges by providing knowledge to decision makers.

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Zara Botterel, Plymouth Marine Laboratory

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Alex Rogers, REV Ocean

Alex is a marine ecologist who is interested in how biodiversity is distributed in the ocean, especially in the deep sea and on tropical coral reefs. He is also interested in human impacts on the ocean and how to manage human activities to mitigate or reduce degradation of marine ecosystems. His work has taken him to the Atlantic, Indian and Southern Oceans and to the Caribbean investigating coral reef ecosystems, seamounts and deep-sea hydrothermal vents. Alex has worked with governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations in publicising human impacts, especially those from deep-sea fishing and climate change, and on the development of policy solutions to such problems. He is Scientific Director of REV Ocean a foundation aimed at finding solutions to problems affecting the ocean.

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Hauke Kite-Powell, WHOI

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