Clarke, Jane

Marine spatial planning and climate change

 

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Email:


jclarke323@qub.ac.uk

Address:

School of Natural & Built Environment
Queen's University Belfast
Room.02.016c
Level 2
David Keir Building
Stranmillis Road
Belfast BT9 5AG
Northern Ireland

Telephone:

 

+44 (0)2890 974006

 

Current Research:

The UK Marine Policy Statement suggests that marine spatial planning (MSP) will play an active role in facilitating the UK’s transition to a low carbon economy. For example, the first UK marine plan, the East Marine Plan, contains objectives (some of which are contradictory) relating to the need to combat climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions (mitigation), to address the unavoidable consequences of a changing climate and by reducing related risks faced by the marine-based sectors (adaptation).

This project will assess the implementation of climate change adaptation and mitigation actions in marine spatial plans in the UK. Drawing on the implementation science literature, this project will develop a systematic framework to identify barriers and opportunities for implementing climate change actions through MSP. The framework will focus on the planned measures outlined in the East Marine Plan. The framework will then be tested and refined by using it to assess the implementation of these measures in the East Marine Plan. This will lead to recommendations as to how climate change adaptation and mitigation can be improved in MSP processes.

This project will result in a framework for assessing barriers and opportunities to the implementation of climate change actions through MSP. Subsequent, future marine plans will be able address these issues during plan development, leading to the better implementation of climate change actions.

Supervisors: Dr Wesley Flannery & Professor Geraint Ellis

Qualifications:

MSc Integrated Environmental Studies, University of Southampton 2015-16
BSc Hons Environmental Biology, 2012-15

Funding:

Department for Economy

Conference Presenations:

Marine spatial planning and climate change: The transition to a low carbon economy. Conference presentation at Queen’s University Belfast/University College Dublin Annual PhD Seminar. Dublin 2017

An initial review of English marine spatial planning. Conference presentation at Land, Sea and Spirit: coastal environment in the west of Ireland, multi-disciplinary conference, Dingle 2017

Is marine spatial planning facilitating the transition to a low carbon economy? Conference presentation at UK and Ireland Planning Research Conference, Queens University Belfast. Belfast 2017