Steve has worked in the marine management and policy sector for over 15 years.

He is currently Professor of Ocean Policy and Economy, and Director of the Sustainability and the Environment research theme, at the University of Portsmouth.   As an advocate for global ocean conservation and a sustainable future, I’m committed to furthering research and activities – inside and outside the University – that generate positive impact for people and the planet.

Steve previously held the role of Head of the Marine Programme at the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre in Cambridge, as well as being the former Director of the Centre for Marine and Coastal Policy Research at the University of Plymouth, where he retains an Associate Professorship in Marine Policy.  He has expertise in Integrated Coastal Management, Marine Spatial Planning, Marine Ecosystem Services  Assessment,  Marine Conservation,  and Marine Policy.  He has extensive international marine policy and management experience, including in Europe, South-East Pacific, Western Indian Ocean, and Mediterranean Sea.

He has managed several large international projects and provided support and advice to numerous governments and organisations.  His research has been widely published in the principal marine policy journals and he has been an invited speaker at numerous UK and international events.

Steve lives in Cambridge, which ironically, is a long way from the sea!