Marine Energy and Resources
We are researching the legislative, regulatory and policy environment supporting the energy and resources industry globally. We focus on the development of ‘environment protection’ within environmental management regimes. We are determining how the notion of environmental protection has developed across legislation and regulations governing marine energy and resource developments around the world. Developing unifying notions of ‘environmental protection’ will assist in overcoming differences in interpretation across administering government authorities.
Global Change and Sustainability
We are determining the impact climate change has on regional energy and resource developments and fisheries and aquaculture. We are determining how this can be incorporated into future regulatory environments governing marine activities. Of particular importance is developing a greater capacity to incorporate climate change into cumulative impact assessment regimes at various spatial and temporal scales as a component of adaptive management regimes used for resource developments.
Fisheries and Aquaculture
We are investigating the failure of many commercial fisheries around the world. We review the legislation and regulations that govern them, compliance and enforcement regimes, the interpretation of fisheries models used, and the science developed and used to inform those models. Analysis of case studies will result in a suite of issues identified as common to fisheries management failure that can be used to inform the development of better management regimes and policy for the future.
Cultural Norms and Indigenous Rights
We seek to incorporate how society perceives resource access and use of the oceans into all projects. How the public perceives the marine environment has a significant impact on access by industry and regulation by government. Indigenous rights both in terms of resource stewardship and ownership claims bring a complexity to governance that can be difficult to reconcile with current attitudes towards sustainability. We are investigating the influence of cultural norms on development of the natural resources industry.
Civil and Military Dimensions of Maritime Security
Increasingly, the military is becoming involved in civil dimensions of maritime security. Fisheries and customs patrol, assisting with scientific monitoring and assessment of marine flora and fauna or providing logistics support for remote operations. Military assistance with the protection of regional resources both living and non-living is becoming ever more important as strategic maritime space shifts to the Southern hemisphere. We continue to investigate the implications this has for resource developments.