ECOAMARE: ECosystem-based Adaptive MAnagement for REnewable energy in a sustainable North Sea (NWO, consortium)

Leading: WP-1 Science-policy-society (2023-2027)
This research project focuses on the politics of knowlede practices in the development of nature-inclusive offshore wind farms in the North Sea.

PhD researcher: Veerle Boekestijn
Co-supervision with Dr. L. Vandenbussche (VU) and Prof SR Bush (WUR)

BeWild – Biodiversity Enhanced Windfarm Development, Integrated Monitoring, Inspection and Localized Design

WP-6 Governance

This project within a wider consortium explores the social-political implications of using emerging biodiversity monitoring technologies for marine governance. The study focuses on eDNA technologies developed and used for monitoring biodiversity in offshore windfams in the North Sea.

PhD Researcher: Samantha Kristensen
Co-supervision with Prof SR Bush (WUR)
Funded by RVO Netherlands


This pilot explored oyster restoration in Western Europe and the East coast of the US. Oyster restoration in these regions show a variety of approaches, and different kinds of collaborations between scientists, non-profit organizations, oyster farmers, volunteers etc. Through interviews and site visits, this project shed light on different values, knowledge practices and nature perspectives that underlie oyster restoration initiatives, and how they – in their interaction – shape how oyster restoration is done in different places.

Junior researchers: Wisse van Engelen, Veerle Boekestijn (WUR).
Funded by Nippon Foundation Ocean Nexus


How can feminist and queer theory help tackle structural gendered inequities to advance ocean equity? This project reviewed how current approaches in marine science compare to gender and feminist theoretical debates more broadly. The findings emphasize how an intersectional analysis is crucial for marine science ocntributions to equitable ocean governance. Read the report here

Junior researcher: Sallie Lau, University of Washington
Funded by Nippon Foundation Ocean Nexus

REALITIES UNDER CONSTRUCTION: Exploring complexity in the building of Marine Protected Areas in Indonesia

This PhD project explored the fundamentally different ways people understand, value and relate to the sea in a maritime region in Indonesia, and how this affects marine conservation conflicts. The study is based on twenty months of mobile ethnographic research, following practices and narratives of sea-nomads, conservationists, fish traders, security agents, and others. The resulting PhD thesis ‘Amphibious Anthropology’ focuses on the conceptual and methodological challenges that flow from the objective to grasp ontological and epistemic difference and fluidity in human-environment relations, without reducing these to one definition of reality.

PhD Thesis: Amphibious Anthropology: Engaging with Maritime Worlds in Indonesia
Funded by Wageningen School of Social Sciences PhD grant

WP 3: Social-political conditions of West-East collaboration in sustainability standards in aquaculture

2019-2020 (postdoc)
This postdoc project investigated:
1) the social-political conditions for the development of aquaculture collaboration platforms between the EU and Southeast Asian partners.
2) the social-political conditions for the equitable inclusion of small-scale shrimpfarmers in aquaculture improvement protocols in Vietnam.

Funded by EU

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