In our latest webinar on 22nd July at 11am we will talk to Dr Pamela Buchan as she discusses her PhD, Citizens of the Sea, which investigates marine citizenship and its role in promoting good marine environmental health. 

Marine citizenship has been proposed as a useful approach to tackle the serious problem of ocean degradation, by engaging the public to take personal responsibility and change their behaviours. 

This webinar will host PhD author Dr Pamela Buchan and Ocean literacy advocate Nicola Bridge as they discuss the results of Citizen’s of the Sea PhD and how this work has helped shape Ocean Conservation Trust’s approach to improving marine citizenship in practise. All questions are very welcome and we look forward to hearing from you. This session is jointly run with the Marine Social Science Network Plymouth chapter.

Join our expert panel:

Dr Pamela Buchan

Dr Pamela Buchan recently completed a PhD in marine citizenship at the University of Exeter. The ESRC funded research was an interdisciplinary investigation cutting across human geography, environmental psychology, environmental law and other fields. Pamela has a marine biology background, had a career in public engagement with science, and is also an elected councillor. As such her interests span the intersection between society and the ocean and how individuals as citizens can transform the human-ocean relationship.

Nicola Bridge

Nicola Bridge is the Head of Conservation Education and Communications at the Ocean Conservation Trust (OCT). Nicola is a Conservation Biologist with over 15 years of experience in both formal and informal environmental education and science communication, specifically linked to the marine environment.  Additionally, in the UK Nicola is a member of the UK government’s Marine Science Coordinating Committee Communications Working Group, as well as the UK’s Ocean Decade International Working Group.  She is also a member of the Defra Ocean Literacy Working Group, chaired by the OCT. She is a founding member of We Are Ocean, a grassroots network of Ocean literacy practitioners and Chair of the Conservation Education Committee for the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Further afield, Nicola is the current President of EMSEA, the European Marine Science Educators Association.