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Researcher: Alexander, KA (Dr Karen Alexander)

Fields of Research

Human geography
Environmental sociology
Urban geography
Natural resource management
Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Social geography
Aquaculture and fisheries stock assessment
Fisheries management
Environmental management
Environmental communication
Conservation and biodiversity
Environmental politics
Environmental geography
Architectural design
Other Indigenous studies
Policy and administration
Regional analysis and development
Other environmental sciences
Public policy
Stochastic analysis and modelling
Political theory and political philosophy
Environmentally sustainable engineering
Environment policy
Climate change impacts and adaptation
Marine engineering
Communication studies
Behavioural ecology
Ecological economics
Ocean engineering
Environmental assessment and monitoring
Economic geography
Ship and platform structures (incl. maritime hydrodynamics)

Research Objectives

Assessment and management of coastal and estuarine ecosystems
Aquaculture fin fish (excl. tuna)
Coastal and estuarine systems and management
Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems
Fisheries - aquaculture
Expanding knowledge in human society
Wild caught fin fish (excl. tuna)
Marine biodiversity
Marine systems and management
The media
Fisheries - wild caught
Environmentally sustainable animal production
Expanding knowledge in built environment and design
Workplace and organisational ethics (excl. business ethics)
Assessment and management of benthic marine ecosystems
Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Wind energy
Institutional arrangements
Conserving natural heritage
Social impacts of climate change and variability
Rehabilitation or conservation of marine environments
Assessment and management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean ecosystems
Fisheries - recreational freshwater
Environmental protection frameworks (incl. economic incentives)
Wild caught edible molluscs
Wild caught crustaceans (excl. rock lobster and prawns)
Other culture and society
Other law, politics and community services

Career Best Publications

Research Publications

A critique of the participation norm in marine governance: bringing legitimacy into the frame; Environmental Science and Policy
A practical framework for implementing and evaluating integrated management of marine activities; Ocean and Coastal Management
A problem shared: technology transfer and development in European integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA); Aquaculture
An assessment of the benefits to Scotland of aquaculture
Antarctic representation in print media during the emergence of COVID-19; Antarctic Science
Attitudes of Scottish fishers towards marine renewable energy; Marine Policy
Benefits and risks of incremental protected area planning in the Southern Ocean; Nature Sustainability
Big, bold and blue: lessons from Australia’s marine protected areas, edited by James Fitzsimons and Geoff Westcott, Melbourne, CSIRO Publishing, 2016, 402 pp
Bringing harbours alive: assessing the importance of eco-engineered coastal infrastructure for different stakeholders and cities; Marine Policy
Building blue infrastructure: assessing the key environmental issues and priority areas for ecological engineering initiatives in Australia's metropolitan embayments; Journal of Environmental Management
Challenges of achieving Good Environmental Status in the Northeast Atlantic; Ecology and Society
Comparing instrumental and deliberative paradigms underpinning the assessment of social values for cultural ecosystem services; Ecological Economics
Conflicts over Marine and Coastal Common Resources: Causes, Governance, and Prevention; Routledge
Connecting to the oceans: supporting ocean literacy and public engagement; Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries
Decision support tools for collaborative marine spatial planning: identifying potential sites for tidal energy devices around the Mull of Kintyre, Scotland; Journal of Environmental Planning and Management
Design Options, Implementation Issues and Evaluating Success of Ecologically Engineered Shorelines; Oceanography and Marine Biology: An Annual Review
Determinants of socially-supported wild-catch fisheries and aquaculture in Australia; FRDC Project No 2017-158
Developing achievable alternate futures for key challenges during the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development; Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries
Emerging functions of the wellbeing concept in regional development scholarship: a review; Environmental Science and Policy
Environmental and socio-political shocks to the seafood sector: what does this mean for resilience? Lessons from two UK case studies, 1945-2016; Marine Policy
Equity of our future oceans: practices and outcomes in marine science research; Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries
Food for all: designing sustainable and secure future seafood systems; Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries
Future Seas 2030: pathways to sustainability for the UN Ocean Decade and beyond; Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries
Improving sustainability of aquaculture in Europe: stakeholder dialogues on Integrated Multi-trophic Aquaculture (IMTA); Environmental Science and Policy
Increasing polarisation in attitudes to aquaculture: Evidence from sequential government inquiries; Marine Policy
Indelible Antarctica
Interactive marine spatial planning: siting tidal energy arrays around the Mull of Kintyre; PLoS ONE
Investigating the recent decline in gadoid stocks in the west of Scotland shelf ecosystem using a foodweb model; ICES Journal of Marine Science
Marine and Coastal Ecosystem Stewardship; The Science and Practice of Landscape Stewardship
Marine and coastal places: Wellbeing in a blue economy; Environmental Science and Policy
Marine renewable energy and Scottish west coast fishers: exploring impacts, opportunities and potential mitigation; Ocean & Coastal Management
Marine spatial planning and Good Environmental Status: a perspective on spatial and temporal dimensions; Ecology and Society
Marine spatial planning: scale mismatches in a complex (regional) seascape; Regional Studies Association. Regions
Mismatches in spatial scale of supply and demand and their consequences for local welfare in Scottish aquaculture; Anthropocene Coasts
Navigating uncertain waters: European public perceptions of integrated multi trophic aquaculture (IMTA); Environmental Science and Policy
Ocean resource use: building the coastal blue economy; Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries
Oceans and society: feedbacks between ocean and human health; Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries
Producer perceptions of the incentives and challenges of adopting ecolabels in the European finfish aquaculture industry: a Q-methodology approach; Marine Policy
Progress in integrating natural and social science in marine ecosystem-based management research; Marine and Freshwater Research
Public attitudes and decision making in environmental resource planning — a perception gap; Environmental Science and Policy
Reducing socio‑ecological conflict using social influence modelling; Scientific Reports
Scale mismatches: Old friends and new seascapes in a planning regime; Towards Coastal Resilience and Sustainability
Siting offshore energy arrays: A case study using interactive marine planning; Offshore Energy and Marine Spatial Planning
Spatial ecosystem modelling of marine renewable energy installations: gauging the utility of Ecospace; Ecological Modelling
Supporting Marine Spatial Planning with Local Socio- Economic Data (MSP-LED)
The future of ocean governance; Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries
The human side of marine ecosystem-based management (EBM): ‘sectoral interplay’ as a challenge to implementing EBM; Marine Policy
The implications of aquaculture policy and regulation for the development of integrated multi-trophic aquaculture in Europe; Aquaculture
The long-term evolution of news media in defining socio-ecological conflict: a case study of expanding aquaculture; Marine Policy
The operationalisation of sustainability: sustainable aquaculture production as defined by certification schemes; Global Environmental Change
Time-dynamic food web modeling to explore environmental drivers of ecosystem change on the Kerguelen Plateau; Frontiers in Marine Science
Understanding an emerging economic discourse through regional analysis: Blue Economy clusters in the U.S. Great Lakes basin; Applied Geography
Urban blue: a global analysis of the factors shaping people's perceptions of the marine environment and ecological engineering in harbours; Science of The Total Environment
What and who is an Antarctic ambassador?; Polar Record
‘Social stuff’ and all that jazz: understanding the residual category of social sustainability; Environmental Science and Policy

Research Projects

Aquaculture-Community Futures: North West Tasmania; Fisheries Research & Development Corporation (FRDC)
CRC Project: Seaweed solutions for sustainable aquaculture; Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (DoIIS)
Determinants of socially-supported fisheries and aquaculture; Fisheries Research & Development Corporation (FRDC)
Marine Bioproducts Cooperative Research Centre; Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (DoIIS)
Optimising feeds to support ecosystem-based aquaculture; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Social License to operate for aquaculture (SoLic); The Research Council of Norway (RCN)
Top predators and feeding people from the ocean: natural behaviour, habituation, and the foraging ecology of Australian fur seals in Tasmania; Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment (HWRE)
From global ideals to local realities - the foundations of sustainability
Seal relocation risk, effectiveness and natural context - Phase 1
Statewide Assessment to determine Victorian marine planning areas and priorities, supporting implementation of the Marine Spatial Planning Framework

Research Candidate Supervision