Keynote speakers


Eddie Allison

Eddie is a Professor in the College of the Environment at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA. His research centres on the human connection to natural resources. His primary areas of focus are 1) the contribution of fisheries and aquaculture to food and nutrition security and coastal livelihoods, 2) governance of small-scale fisheries and aquaculture production and the human rights of fisherfolk, and 3) the vulnerability and adaptation to climate change of people dependent on marine and freshwater resource.


Derek Armitage

Derek Armitage is Professor, School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability and co-lead of the Environmental Change and Governance Group at the University of Waterloo (Canada). His research focuses on the human dimensions of environmental change, community-based conservation and the relationship to adaptive and collaborative forms of governance in coastal systems. He has worked on interdisciplinary projects in Canada, southeast Asia and the Caribbean, and has led working groups in several major research partnerships, including the Community Conservation Research Network, the OceanCanada Partnership, and the Partnership for Canada-Caribbean Community Climate Change Adaptation. He is co-editor of 'Governing the Coastal Commons: Communities, Resilience and Transformation' (Routledge).


Laurent Bopp

Laurent Bopp is the Research Director at CNRS Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat de l’Environnement (LSCE) at l’Institute Pierre-Simon Laplace in Paris, France. His main research interests focus on the links between marine biogeochemical cycles and climate, and understanding how marine ecosystems and the ocean carbon cycle respond to climate variability and anthropogenically-driven climate change. He develops and uses marine biogeochemical and ecosystem models, coupled to Earth System Models.


Eric Galbraith

Eric Galbraith is an ICREA Research Professor, based at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in Spain. He  previously worked as a research associate at Princeton University in the USA, and as a professor at McGill University in Canada. His research is broadly interdisciplinary, and is generally concerned with using numerical models and data analysis to better understand the interactions between climate change, human activities and the marine ecosystem. Eric has worked on both past and anticipated climate changes and their links with ocean biogeochemistry, as well general principles of air-sea exchange, nutrient cycling and ecosystem stoichiometry. His current research focuses on the inclusion of fishing activity as an integral component of global marine ecosystem models, to better understand linkages from human wellbeing to biogeochemical cycling, and to inform future projections. He is a founding coordinator of the fisheries and marine ecosystem model intercomparison project (Fish-MIP).


Samiya Selim

Dr. Samiya Selim is an Associate Professor and the Director of Center for Sustainable Development at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB). She specialises in the interdisciplinary areas of socio-ecological systems, sustainability science, climate change adaptation and resilience, and science-policy interface. Currently her work is focused on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), ecosystem based adaptation and integrated aquaculture in coastal areas of Bangladesh facing increased salinity and erosion.

In the past 10 years, Samiya has worked in the UK and Bangladesh in the field of environmental conservation, climate change and fisheries. Her previous work includes mobilizing hard-to-reach communities to get involved in environmental activities and to bring about behavioural change to achieve sustainability in daily life. Her work has also utilised historical approaches to identify shifting baselines in fisheries and coastal ecosystems. She recently published the first book on achieving the SDG goals relating to the environment in Bangladesh.

She is a member of the IMBeR Human Dimensions Working Group which focuses on the interactions between human and ocean systems and its goal is to promote an understanding of the multiple feedbacks between human and ocean systems.


Ingrid van Putten

Ingrid van Putten is a Research Scientist with CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere in the ecosystem modelling team and a Senior Adjunct Researcher at the Centre of Marine Socioecology at the University of Tasmania. Her research focuses on using behavioural sciences, in particular behavioural economics, to improve our understanding of the social and economic behaviour of marine resource users (fisheries, aquaculture, recreation, and other marine sectors) and their interactions with the biophysical marine environment. She tries to improve the management and long term viability of coupled social-ecological systems by better understanding what prompts resource user’s behaviour and find tractable ways to influence their behaviour and reduce risks.

Ingrid´s work is both theoretical and applied/empirical, making use of both qualitative and quantitative methods, and a combination of analytical and statistical approaches. She uses different modelling tools and approaches (e.g. Bayesian and network analysis) to represent resource user behaviour and interactions at the appropriate level of complexity. A large part of her research consists of working in interdisciplinary teams and connecting the ecological and human dimensions of marine and coastal management.


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