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Dr Rebecca Jefferson

Discretionary Member


PEGASEAS project to start soon, more details to follow…



From 2010 to 2013 I worked on the Channel Arc Manche Integrated Strategy (CAMIS) Project. This was an INTERREG IVA funded project with 19 partners across southern England and northern France. The project developed an Integrated Maritime Strategy (IMS) for the Channel region which will be launched in Rouen, France in November 2013.  The IMS provides a framework for maritime governance in the Channel region, working within the current rapidly changing environment of EU and national maritime policies. Additionally, CAMIS established a Cross Channel Forum to bring together stakeholders and interested organisations to support improved cooperation across the Channel region.  


  • 2010-2013 Post Doctoral Research Fellow on CAMIS Project
  • 2010, Communications Coordinator, Balanced Seas Marine Conservation Zones Regional Project for the South East, University of Kent, Canterbury.
  • 2010 PhD, Thesis title: Communicating marine environmental health; connecting science, social and policy values.   University of Plymouth
  • 2003-2004 MRes Marine Biology, Distinction.  Thesis title: Cell Cycle of Emiliania huxleyi and its effects on host:virus interactions, University of Plymouth , Marine Biological Association and Plymouth Marine Laboratory
  • 2000-2003 BSc (Hons) Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology, University of Plymouth, 2:1. Honours project undertaken at University of Sydney
  • Research interests

    My research interests are driven by the overarching goal of achieving ecologically healthy marine ecosystems.  My work focuses on how to engage society to manage human activities, and reduce pressures on marine ecosystems.


    I am particularly interested in the concept of Marine Citizenship which describes a society who recognise the benefits they receive from a healthy marine ecosystem, whilst also identifying themselves as agents of change to positively or negatively affect the health of marine ecosystems. 


    My work investigates the links between society and the sea through interdisciplinary approaches, bringing together natural and social sciences.  This includes research into public perceptions of the marine environment, application of environmental psychology frameworks to marine conservation and connecting ecological health and societal behaviour changes.


    My research interests also include multi stakeholder processes, and how these support marine management at local, national and international scale.  I am currently exploring this work in the context of marine governance of the Channel Sea through my involvement with the CAMIS and PEGASEAS projects. 

    Research degrees awarded to supervised students

    Laura Friedrich, MSc Marine Policy at Plymouth University