'How can we achieve a sustainable future for the global oceans?' with Prof Richard Bailey, Prof Catherine Redgwell & Prof Alex Rogers

Past Event

05 May 2016, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Lecture Theatre, Oxford Martin School
34 Broad Street (corner of Holywell and Catte Streets), Oxford, OX1 3BD

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The world’s oceans are a global commons that provide a wealth of services vital to human and societal wellbeing. As global demands on these services increase, and pressure grows from multiple threats such as climate change, pollution, and resource extraction, we examine some of the tools and approaches that may prove useful in designing a sustainable future for our oceans.

The lecture will introduce the work of the Oxford Martin Programme on Sustainable Oceans and the novel approach it is taking to management of the oceans.

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About the speakers

Dr Richard Bailey is an Associate Professor in the School of Geography and the Environment, and Tutorial Fellow, and Dean, at St Catherine's College; he is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for New Economic Thinking (Oxford) and member of the Oxford Biodiversity Institute. He started off academically in geoscience, and moved in to applied physics as a post-graduate at University of London. He has previously held academic positions in Royal Holloway University of London, St John's College and the Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art (University of Oxford).

Richard's current research interests are in the dynamics of natural environmental systems and in human-environment interactions, and the central themes that connect these interests are ‘sustainability’ and ‘resilience’. He uses both theoretical (analytical and numerical modelling) and empirical data analyses and is currently heavily involved in building a ‘while-system’ simulator for the development of new approaches to ocean fisheries management. He works closely with a range of governmental/non-governmental/commercial sector organizations, mostly in the EU and US.

Professor Catherine Redgwell is Co-Director of Oxford Geo-engineering Programme at the Oxford Martin School; Co-Director on the Oxford Martin Programme on Sustainable Oceans; Chichele Professor of Public International Law and fellow of All Souls College.

Her research interests fall broadly within the public international field, including international energy law, law of the sea, and international environmental law. She has co-authored two leading texts on international environmental law, Birnie, Boyle and Redgwell, International Law & the Environment (OUP, 3rd edn, 2009) and Bowman, Davies and Redgwell, Lyster’s International Wildlife Law (CUP, 2nd edn, 2010). In the energy field she has published widely including as co-editor and contributing author on international energy law in Energy Law in Europe (OUP, 3rd edn, forthcoming 2016).

Catherine’s current affiliations include membership of the Academic Advisory Group of the Section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law of the International Bar Association, the Council of the British Branch of the International Law Association, and of the Public International Law Advisory Board of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. She is joint general editor of the British Yearbook of International Law and joint editor of the Oxford Monographs in International Law series (OUP), having previously served as joint general editor and chair of the editorial board of the International and Comparative Law Quarterly (2006-20012).

Before (re)joining the Oxford Faculty, she held the chair in Public International Law at University College London (2004-2013), having previously held the position of Reader in Public International Law and Yamani Fellow at St Peter’s College (1999-2003). She has also previously held positions at the Universities of Nottingham and Manchester.

Professor Alex Rogers is Co-Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Sustainable Oceans; a Professor of Conservation Biology at the Department of Zoology and a Fellow of Somerville College, University of Oxford. He obtained his first degree in Marine Biology at the University of Liverpool and a PhD in the genetics and taxonomy of marine invertebrates also at Liverpool. In his early career Alex held Research Fellowships at the Marine Biological Association, Plymouth and at the University of Southampton’s National Oceanography Centre. Since then he has lead the Core Programme on Biodiversity at British Antarctic Survey and then moved to the Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London, where he became a reader in marine ecology.

Alex has worked for a number of governmental, non-governmental and intergovernmental organisations during his career advising on aspects of human impacts on the marine environment including the Global Legislators Organisation for a Balanced Environment (GLOBE), the International Seabed Authority (ISA), the UN Division of Ocean and Law of the Sea, Greenpeace, World Wildlife Fund for Nature, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and, most recently, the Global Ocean Commission (GOC). Alex is also the Scientific Director of the International Programme on State of the Ocean (IPSO) and Director of the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development..

Current research projects are focused on the ecology and evolution of deep-sea ecosystems and shallow water coral reefs and human impacts on them.