Steve leads the Marine Programme in its work to support the integration of biodiversity considerations into marine policy and practice. To achieve this, the Marine Programme focuses on developing and maintaining global marine biodiversity datasets and supports enhanced marine policy-making and decision-processes through testing new approaches, sharing effective practices, and capacity building.
Prior to joining the Centre, Steve was Director of the Centre for Marine and Coastal Policy Research at Plymouth University, where he retains an Associate Professorship in Marine Policy. Steve has an inter-disciplinary background, with a PhD in marine policy and an MSc in integrated coastal management. His personal expertise includes marine conservation, marine planning and management, marine policy analysis, marine ecosystem services assessment, and community engagement in marine governance. Steve has significant experience of developing and leading large multi-partner international projects. He has published extensively in the scientific literature and has provided advice to non-governmental organizations, governments and international bodies on marine conservation and the sustainable use of marine resources.
Developing and testing area-based planning tools in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction. This project will examine the potential of area-based planning tools to support biodiversity in the High Seas.
Marine Spatial Planning in Practice. This study evaluates global MSP practices to support the transition from planning to implementation stages.
Global Coral Reef Partnership. This project seeks to support the conservation of coral reef biodiversity through collating global datasets and supporting good governance.