Rachael provides support to a range of projects and activities within the Marine Programme. In particular she contributes to research in Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) and the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction. In addition, Rachael supports the programme by undertaking literature reviews, writing reports, policy briefs, and reviewing project deliverables.
Rachael is an interdisciplinary researcher with a range of research and field skills in marine law and policy and environmental geoscience. Rachael came to the Centre as an intern in 2016, following her graduation from the University of Edinburgh with an MSc in Marine Systems and Policies. During her internship, she was involved in various projects, including reviewing comments for the IUCN Connectivity Conservation Guidelines, and contributing to the Protected Planet Report 2016.
Rachael has provided support to this project and has helped to write, review and revise various documents including: a horizon scan of threats to biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction, a set of possible legal options for a new Implementing Agreement under UNCLOS, and a conservation agenda for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction.
Rachael’s role has been to apply a set of pre-defined criteria to existing Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) processes to compile an inventory of cross-border MSP from around the world. She has also helped to complete case studies on two transboundary MSP processes: the Southern Ocean and the Coral Triangle.
Rachael’s role is to maintain and update an online list of products and tools created under the project on the EU BON web portal. She is also responsible for collecting and uploading product factsheets to the portal.