Prof. Dr. Selina Stead, Newcastle University, UK

Selina Stead

In 2010, Selina Stead became the first Professor of Marine Governance and Environmental Science and is the Director for Research and Innovation in the School of Marine Science and Technology at Newcastle University. She leads international teams to provide robust interdisciplinary scientific evidence for improving policy that supports marine resource management.

Selina specialises in aquatic food sustainability, particularly aquaculture and fisheries, modelling the environmental and socio-economic drivers underpinning human behaviour, poverty, weak governance and management failure. The efficacy of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) as a tool for sustainable resource management, particularly for coral reef fisheries in Small Island Developing States, has been studied in the Caribbean, western Indian Ocean, Southeast Asia and the South Pacific. Reconciling marine conservation goals with impacts on food security livelihoods is investigated under various scenarios of climate change, community adaptation and policy options.

Selina is a Founder member and Chair of the Scottish Government’s Marine Science Advisory Board. She was elected as President (2006-2012) of the European Aquaculture Society and member of the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) Advisory Committee. Selina serves on the North Eastern Inshore Fisheries Conservation Authority and is part of its Science and Governance Working Group. She helped set-up the International Council for Exploration of the Sea's (ICES) Socio-Economic Aquaculture Working Group. Selina was invited to join the global E15Initiative Expert Group on Oceans, Fisheries and the Trade System, by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development and the World Economic Forum in Geneva.

Talk Title : Using marine governance to impact science policy in supporting marine ecosystem health and sustainable livelihoods

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