Prof Michael Robert Phillips

Prof Michael Robert Phillips BSc, PGCE, MSc, PhD, MIEnvSc, FRGS. 

Pro Vice-Chancellor 

Swansea

Tel: +44 (0) 1792 481072
E-mail: mike.phillips@uwtsd.ac.uk

Mike Phillips

  • Strategic development of the University’s research
  • Innovation
  • Enterprise
  • Commercialisation portfolios

With a BSc in Civil Engineering, an MSc in Environmental Conservation Management and a PhD in Coastal Processes and Geomorphology Professor Phillips research expertise includes coastal processes, morphological change and adaptation to climate change and sea level rise.

He has been an invited speaker and presenter at many major international conferences and evaluator for various international coastal research projects. Consultancy includes beach replenishment issues and developing techniques to monitor underwater sediment movement to inform beach management.

He is widely published and organised a session on Coastal Tourism and Climate Change at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris as part of his role as a member of the Climate Change Working Group of the UNEP Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands.

Research input includes being; an Expert Advisor to the UNESCO Cymru Wales Committee; an international scientific advisory board member of MARUM (the German Centre of Excellence for Marine Environmental Sciences); and an expert international advisor to the Portuguese FCT for the Adaptaria (coastal adaptation to climate change) and Smartparks (planning marine conservation areas) projects.

Contributions to coastal and ocean policies include: the Rio +20 World Summit, Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts and Islands, and UNESCO; EU Maritime Spatial Planning; and Welsh Government Policy on Marine Aggregate Dredging. Engagements with research agendas include the German Cluster of Excellence in Marine Environmental Sciences, the Portuguese Department of Science and Technology and the US Coastal Education and Research Foundation, amongst others. 

  • Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES)
  • Royal Geographical Society (RGS)
  • Coastal Education and Research Foundation (CERF)
  • Coastal Zone Canada Association (CZCA)
  • European Union of Coastal Conservation (EUCC)

International reputation has attracted PhD students from around the world. Current students include Saudi Arabian, Nigerian and Indian students who enrolled because of the reputation of the Coastal and Marine Research Group. Another PhD student has a Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship (KESS) to assess the opportunities for sustainable economic regeneration presented by the All-Wales Coastal Path.

Due to my expertise, I am advising PhD research projects for overseas universities. These currently include the University of KwaZuluNatal, Durban, University of Technology, Mauritius, University of Aveiro and University of the Azores, Portugal.

Furthermore, European Universities have sent their PhD students on a 3 month placement with the Coastal and Marine Research Group, as part of their European Doctorate programmes. To date, two students from Kiel University, Germany and the University of Copenhagen have studied alongside my PhD students and this has provided added value for both. Current research topics include:

  • PhD: Evaluation of Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) Initiatives for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) using Fuzzy Logic in a System Dynamics Approach. University of Technology, Mauritius (UTM) 2013 – present.
  • PhD: Development of a support tool for the Implementing New Coastal Management Legislation: A Case Study from KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. University of KwaZulu-Natal. 2013 – present
  • PhD: Thermohaline adjustments induced by climate change and anthropogenic interventions in contrasting lagoons: Ria de Aveiro and Ria Formosa. University of Aveiro (FCT funded programme). 2012 – present
  • PhD: To develop a coastal economic vulnerability index using UK & US climate change projections and economic costs 2012 – present.
  • PhD: The All-Wales Coastal Path: an assessment of opportunities and challenges for sustainable economic regeneration. 2010 – present               
  • PhD: Assessing the accuracy and effectiveness of HDS (terrestrial LIDAR 3D scanning) for coastal monitoring. 2010 – present
  • PhD: Engineering sediments along the southeastern Red Sea, Saudi Arabia. 2010 – present
  • Master degree by research (Award): Resource Lens for Sustainable Adaptation Western Greenland. University of the Westfjords, Iceland. 2010 – 2012.

Major research interests include shoreline morphological responses to climate change and sea level rise, public perception, stakeholder engagement, scenic evaluation and consequences of persistent marine debris. Early research assessed processes and strategies for management of the Penarth coast (evaluation and management of morphological change in response to natural forcing agents and anthropogenic pressures, including the Cardiff Bay Barrage).

Research funding has been generated from various sources, including governments and research grants, while published work includes a book, book chapters, and international refereed journal and conference papers. These have considered sediment dynamics, coastal science, sea level rise, storms and coastal management in response to physical processes and anthropogenic use and activities.  For an overview of this research and policy area, please see Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Global Ocean Forum at Rio+20 2002-2012 in which Professor Phillips' contributions are noted (p51)

With >100 contributions to the academic literature, a significant number in the top quartile ranked journals in geoscience, environmental science and geography, major work includes:

2006: Highlighting potential impacts of climate change on coastal tourism. Subsequently, this has influenced policy and research agendas at World level;

2007: Demonstrated for the first time the relationship between the seaward (Depth of Closure) and landward (Mean High Water) limits of the active beach profile. This work has informed sediment studies worldwide and underpinned a £611,000 Technology Strategy Board project;

2007: Showed how a beach responds to a total exclusion barrage (Cardiff Bay). If the Severn Barrage construction proceeds, this work will inform its development processes and design;

2008: Proved marine aggregate dredging was not responsible for South Wales beach erosion. Findings were even accepted by opponents of marine aggregate dredging on the UK east coast (MARINET). The work influenced Welsh Government policy, while the Crown Estate congratulated and thanked the University for its Research.

2010, 2011 and 2013: Established relationships between sea levels, wind speeds and directions, and the North Atlantic Oscillation, showing how these interact to cause morphological change. Sea level predictions have been adopted for Severn Estuary flood risk and scenario management to 2050, while the work on storminess, trends and time-lagged coastal response are predicted by experts to make a lasting contribution to shoreline management strategies. 

2012: Highlighted for the first time that desalination processes increase chlorites in the marine environment. These are harmful to both human and marine ecosystem health and it is expected that this work will be important for future environmental monitoring. 

Extensive knowledge has been developed of shoreline change in response to physical processes and the wider implications of climate impacts, including NAO influences. Predicting change in response to various risk based scenarios has subsequently underpinned human community and policy work. This has led to my international engagement with the Global Oceans Forum, CERF, MARUM, the European Union, and nationally with the Welsh government, UNESCO and the Severn Estuary Partnership.

I have an international research profile which has resulted in my participation in interdisciplinary research projects, advisory boards, government consultancies, and international and national policy making. As well as in reports and policy documents, my collaborations with policy makers and academics from different countries are evidenced in the academic press. I have also developed a Coastal and Marine Research Group which is growing in reputation and influence.  

Research projects demonstrate my engagement with innovation, commercialisation and enterprise agendas (see LCRI, A4B and TSB projects). Many of these are interdisciplinary and linked to University priority agendas, i.e. heritage and sustainability, and include high profile partners from other HEIs. External partners, from NGOs, industry and various institutions from around the world demonstrate my reach, impact and ability to secure major funding. Projects include:

  • An assessment of the Swansea Point dune system: Management responses to the problems of windblown sand. (City and County of Swansea) 2013.
  • Industrial Research Project Marine Energy Task Group (METG) assessing environmental impacts of marine renewable energy options. This interdisciplinary project includes engineers, physicists, oceanographers, geomorphologists and marine scientists to demonstrate the potential and viability of the industry for the Welsh economy. Partners include Swansea University, Bangor University, Aberystwyth University, and Cardiff University (LCRI Convergence Energy Programme £323,000) 2010 – 2013.
  • Knowledge Exchange Project (KEP) Offshore Renewable Energy Impact Network (OREIN). Collaborative partner with UWTSD, Bangor University and Pembrokeshire College (Academic Expertise for Business A4B £149,530)2010-2012.
  • Beach replenishment issues in Malta (Maltese Ministry for Infrastructure, Transport and Communications £27,000) 2009-2010.
  • ASTEC – collaboration between Schools of Applied Computing and Built and Natural Environment (SMU), Valeport Ltd and Wireless Fibre Systems Ltd to develop a sensor network for determining submarine sediment movement based on my ‘Depth of Closure’ research. This project was selected as a finalist for the 2010 Engineer Technology and Innovation Awards, which took place at The Royal Society (December 2010)  (UK Technology Strategy Board (TSB) £611,000) 2008-2010.
  • British Council (Treaty of Windsor) project with Universidade Nova de Lisboa: Development of a model for assessment of coastal landscape evolution (British Council) 2006-2008.

Books and chapters:

Jones, A.L. and Phillips, M.R. (eds) (2011). Disappearing destinations: climate change and future challenges for coastal tourism. CABI, Wallingford, Oxford. 296pp.

Blott, S., Duck, R.W., Phillips, M.R., Pontee, N., Pye, K. and Williams, A.T. (2013). Great Britain. In (eds) Pranzini, E and Williams, A.T. Coastal Erosion and Protection in Europe. Earthscan, Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon.173-208.

Fairley, I.A., Thomas, T., Phillips, M.R. and Reeve, D. (In press) Terrestrial laser scanner techniques for enhancement in understanding of coastal environments. Springer Science + Business Media, Dordrecht

Phillips, M.R. (2012). Shoreline stabilisation: lessons from South Wales. In (eds) Cooper, J.A.G. and Pilkey, O. Pitfalls of Shoreline Stabilisation: Selected Case Studies, Coastal Research Library 3, Springer Science + Business Media, Dordrecht. 283-302.

Phillips, M.R. (2009) Beach consequences of an industrial heritage. In: Williams, A.T. and Micallef, A. Beach Management: Principles and Practice. Earthscan, Case Study 12: 353-362.

Jones, A. L. and Phillips, M.R. (2008). Tourism development in the coastal zone: managing natural and cultural change. In: Krishnamurthy, R. R., Glavovic, B. C., Kanne, A., Green, D. R., Ramanathan, A. L., Han, Z., Tinti, S., and Agardy, T. Integrated Coastal Zone Management - Current Global Scenario. RPS Publishing, Singapore. 375-389.

Williams, A. T., Phillips, M.R. and Banfield, K. (2008). Coastal Erosion Management, Swansea Bay, Wales, UK: the Application of Function Analysis and Strategic Environmental Assessment. In: Krishnamurthy, R. R., Glavovic, B. C., Kanne, A., Green, D. R., Ramanathan, A. L., Han, Z., Tinti, S., and Agardy, T. Integrated Coastal Zone Management - Current Global Scenario. RPS Publishing, Singapore. 305-325.

Williams, A.T. and Phillips, M.R. (2000).  Gravel beach swash zone dynamics.  In: Rodriguez, G.R., Brebbia C.A., & Pérez-Martell, E. (eds). Environmental Coastal Regions III. WIT Press, Southampton. 65-75. 

Refereed journal papers:

Oakley, J.A., Jenkins, R.E., Thomas, T., Williams, A.T. and Phillips, M.R. (2016). Assessing harbour porpoise populations in south-west Wales, data issues and implications for conservation and management. Ocean and Coastal Management. Vol 119: 45-57.

Rangel-Buitrago, N.G., Thomas, T., Phillips, M.R., Anfuso, G. and Williams, A.T. (In press) Wave climate, storminess and northern hemisphere teleconnection patterns influences: the outer Bristol Channel, South Wales, UK. Journal of Coastal Research

Denner, K., Phillips, M.R., Jenkins, R.E. and Thomas, T. (2015). A coastal vulnerability and environmental risk assessment of Loughor Estuary, South Wales. Ocean and Coastal Management. Vol 116: 478-490.

Thomas, T., Rangel-Buitrago, N., Phillips, M. R., Anfuso. G. and Williams, A.T. (2015). Mesoscale morphological change, beach rotation and storm climate influences along a macrotidal embayed beach. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering (Open Access) Vol 3: 1006-1026.

Thomas, T., Phillips, M.R. and Lock, G. (2015). An analysis of subaerial beach rotation and influences of environmental forcing adjacent to the proposed Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon. Applied Geography. Vol 62: 276-293.

Ng, K., Thomas, T., Phillips M.R., Borges, P., Calado, H. and Veloso-Gomes, F. (2015). Multifunctional artificial reefs for small islands: An evaluation of amenity and opportunity for São Miguel Island, the Azores. Progress in Physical Geography. Vol. 39(2): 220–257.

Morgan, A., Dix, A., Phillips, M.R. and House, C. (2014) Blue-sky thinking meets green field usability: Can mobile internet software engineering bridge the rural divide? Local Economy, Vol. 29(6–7): 750–761.

Thomas, T., Lynch, S.K., Phillips, M.R., Williams, A.T. (2014). Long-term evolution of a sand spit, physical forcing and links to coastal flooding. Applied Geography, 53: 187-201.

Thomas, T., Lynch, S.K., Phillips, M.R., Williams, A.T. and Duck, R.W. (2014). Relationships between sand spit evolution, environmental forcing and inland inundation Journal of Coastal Research. SI 70: 72-79.

Rangel-Buitrago, N., Anfuso, G., Phillips, M.R., Thomas, T., Alvarez, O. and Forero, M. (2014). Characterisation of wave climate and extreme events on the SW Spanish and Welsh coasts as a first step to define their wave energy potential. Journal of Coastal Research. SI 70: 314-319.

Dias, J.M., Lopes, C., Coelho, C., Pereira, C., Alves, F.L., Sousa, L.P., Antunes, I.C., Luz Fernandes, M. and Phillips, M.R. (2014). Influence of climate change on Ria de Aveiro littoral: adaptation strategies for flooding events and shoreline retreat. Journal of Coastal Research. SI 70: 320-325.

Borges, P., Phillips, M.R., Ng, K., Medeiros, A. and Calado, H. (2014). Preliminary coastal vulnerability assessment for Pico Island (Azores). Journal of Coastal Research. SI 70: 385-388.

Fonseca, C., Pereira da Silva, C., Calado, H., Moniz, F., Bragagnolo, C., Gil, A., Phillips, M.R., Pereira, M. and Moreira, M. (2014). Coastal and marine protected areas as key elements for tourism in small islands Journal of Coastal Research. SI 70: 461-466.

Kantamaneni, K., Phillips, M.R., Jenkins, R.E., Alharbi, O. and Alrashed, I. (2014) Monetary Assessment of Damage to Residential and Commercial Properties during Flooding in the United Kingdom. Research Journal of Recent Sciences (In Press).

Ng, K., Phillips, M.R. and Veloso-Gomes, F. (2014). Exploring Multifunctional Artificial Reef for beach management at Sao Roque Beach, Sao Miguel Island (Azores). Coastal Climate Change: Adaptive management of beaches and coastal waters. Coastal and Marine. Vol 23(1): 7.

Alrashed, I., Phillips, M.R. and Kantamaneni, K. (2014). Implementing Multi-Dimensional CAD Models to Reduce the Project Cost Estimations Gap between the Financial Ministry and Other Government Ministries in Saudi Arabia. Journal of Advanced Management Science. Vol. 2(3) (In Press).

Ng, K., Phillips M.R.,Borges, P., Thomas, T., August, P., Calado, H. and Veloso- Gomes, F. (2014). Maintaining a Way of Life for São Miguel Island (the Azores Archipelago, Portugal): an assessment of environmental forcing and coastal protection. Science of the Total Environment. Vol. 481C: 142-156.

Goble, B.J., Lewis, M., Hill, T.R. and Phillips, M.R. (2014). Coastal management in South Africa: Historical perspectives and setting the stage of a new era. Ocean and Coastal Management. Vol 91: 32-40.

Thomas, T., Phillips, M.R., Williams, A.T. and Jenkins, R.E. (2014). Links between wave forcing, offshore islands and a macro-tidal headland-bound bay beach. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. Vol 39: 143-155.

Ng, K., Phillips, M.R., Calado, H.M., Borges, P. and Veloso-Gomes, F. (2013). Seeking Harmony in Coastal Development for Small Islands: Exploring Multifunctional Artificial Reefs for São Miguel Island, the Azores. Applied Geography. Vol 44: 99-111.

Alves F.L., Sousa,L.P. Almodovar,M. and Phillips M.R. (2013). Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM): a review of progress in Portuguese implementation. Regional Environmental Change. Vol 13: 1031-1042.

Alrashed, I.A., Phillips, M.R., MacRae, I. and Francis, T. (2013). Project cost estimating methods: a comparison of tools and techniques used in construction projects. Academic Journal of Science. Vol 2(1): 147-156.

Thomas, T., Phillips, M.R. and Williams, A.T. (2013). A historical record of beach rotation. Journal of Coastal Research. SI 65: 594-599.

Cenci, L., Disperati, L., Sousa, L.P., Phillips, M.R. and Alves, F.L. (2013). Geomatics for Integrated Coastal Zone Management: multi-temporal shoreline analysis and future regional perspectives for the Portuguese Central Region. Journal of Coastal Research. SI 65: 1349-1354.

Phillips, M.R., Rees, E.F. and Thomas, T. (2013). Winds, sea levels and NAO influences: An evaluation. Global and Planetary Change. Vol 100: 145-152.

Thomas, T., Phillips, M.R., Williams, A.T. and Jenkins, R.E. (2012). Rotation on two open coast macrotidal beaches. Applied Geography, Vol 35: 363-376.

Alharbi, O.A., Phillips, M.R., Williams, A.T., Gheith, A.M., Bantan, R.A. and Rasul, N.M. (2012). Desalination impacts on the coastal environment: Ash Shuqayq, Saudi Arabia. Science of the Total Environment. Vol 421–422: 163–172.

Thomas, T., Phillips, M.R., Williams, A.T. and Jenkins, R.E. (2012). Medium time-scale behaviour of adjacent embayed beaches: influence of low energy external forcing. Applied Geography, Vol 32(2): 265-280.

Calado, H., Bentz, J., Ng, K., Zivian, A., Schaefer, N., Pringle, C., Johnson, D. and

Phillips, M.R. (2012). NGO involvement in marine spatial planning: a way forward? Marine Policy. Vol 36: 382-388.

House, C. and Phillips, M.R. (2012). Integrating science and education into coastal policy: a Mediterranean and Black Sea case study. Marine Policy. Vol 36: 495-501.

Thomas, T., Phillips, M.R., Williams, A.T. and Jenkins, R.E. (2011). Medium timescale beach rotation; gale climate and offshore island influences. Geomorphology. Vol. 135: 97-107.

Phillips, M.R., Rosser, G., Jenkins, R.E. and Cullis, M.J. (2011). Beach management strategies: a comparative stakeholder assessment, Gower, South Wales, UK. Journal of Coastal Research. SI 64: 1396-1400.

Williams, A.T., Duck, R.W. and Phillips, M.R. (2011). Coastal dune vulnerability among selected Scottish systems. Journal of Coastal Research, SI 64: 1263-1267.

House, C., Williams, J.L., Cullis, M.J. and Phillips, M.R. (2011). Coastal sustainability: a comparative socio-economic lifestyle assessment, South Wales, UK. Journal of Coastal Research, SI 64: 1233-1237.

Thomas, T., Phillips, M.R. and Williams, A.T. (2011). Sheltering effects of an offshore Island: short-term morphological response of a macro-tidal beach. Journal of Coastal Research, SI 64: 1204-1208.

Thomas, T., Phillips, M.R., Williams, A.T. and Jenkins, R.E. (2011). Short-term beach rotation, wave climate and the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO). Progress in Physical Geography, Vol 35(3) 333–352.

Thomas, T., Phillips, M.R., Williams, A.T. and Jenkins, R.E. (2011). A multi-century record of linked nearshore and coastal change. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, Vol 36: 995-1006.

Calado, H.M., Borges, P., Phillips, M.R., Ng, K. and Alves, F. (2011) The Azores Archipelago, Portugal: Improved Understanding of Small Island Coastal Hazards and Mitigation Measures. Natural Hazards, Vol 58: 427-444.

Phillips, M.R. and Crisp, S. (2010). Sea level trends and NAO influences: the Bristol Channel/Severn Estuary. Global and Planetary Change, Vol 73(3-4): 211-218.

Thomas, T., Phillips, M.R. and Williams, A.T. (2010). Mesoscale evolution of a headland bay: beach rotation processes. Geomorphology,Vol 123: 129-141.

Calado, H., Ng, K., Johnson, D.E., Sousa, L., Phillips, M.R. and Alves, F. (2010). Maritime Spatial Planning: Lessons Learned from the Portuguese Debate. Marine Policy, Vol 34: 1341-1349. 

Phillips, M.R., Edwards, A. and Williams, A.T. (2010). An incremental scenic assessment of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast, UK. The Geographical Journal, Vol 176(4): 291-303.

Phillips, M.R., Powell, V.A. and Duck, R.W. (2009). Coastal regeneration at Llanelli, South Wales, UK: lessons not learned. Journal of Coastal Research. SI 56: 1276-1280.

Duck, R.W., Phillips, M.R., Williams, A.T. and Wadham, T.A. (2009). Is beach scenic quality a function of habitat diversity? Journal of Coastal Research. SI 56: 415-418.

Jenkins, R.E., Brown, R.D.H. and Phillips, M.R. (2009). Harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) conservation management: a dimensional approach. Marine Policy, 33(5): 744-749.

Vaz, B., Williams, A.T., Pereira da Silva, C. and Phillips, M.R. (2009). The importance of user’s perceptions for beach management. Journal of Coastal Research. SI 56: 1164-1168.

Wells, I., Phillips, M.R., Rhodes, M. and Crowther, I. (2009). Automated Sensing Technologies for Coastal Monitoring (ASTEC). International Oceans Systems Mar/Apr 2009. 3pp.

Phillips, M.R. and House, C. (2009). An evaluation of priorities for beach tourism: case studies from South Wales, UK. Tourism Management. Vol 30(2): 176-183.

Phillips M.R. (2008). Beach erosion and marine aggregate dredging: a question of evidence? The Geographical Journal. Vol 174(4): 332-343.

Phillips, M.R. (2008). Discussion of Beach Response to a total exclusion barrage: Cardiff Bay, South Wales, UK. Journal of Coastal Research. Vol 24(5):1353-1354.

Phillips, M.R. (2008). Consequences of short term changes in coastal processes: a case study. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. Vol 33(13): 2094-2107.

Phillips, M.R., Abraham, E. J., Williams, A. T. and House, C. (2007). Function analysis as a coastal management tool: the South Wales coastline UK. Journal of Coastal Conservation. Vol. 11(3): 159-170.

Phillips, M.R. (2007). Beach response to a total exclusion barrage: Cardiff Bay, South Wales, UK. Journal of Coastal Research. Vol. 23(3): 794-805.

Phillips, M.R. and Williams, A. T. (2007). Depth of Closure and Shoreline Indicators – Empirical Formulae for Beach Management. Journal of Coastal Research. Vol. 23(2): 487-500.

Williams, A. T., Sellers, V. E. and Phillips, M.R. (2007). An assessment of South Wales (UK) Heritage Coasts: J. A. Steers revisited. Journal of Coastal Research. SI 50: 453-458.

Phillips, M.R. and Jones, A.L. (2006). Erosion and tourism infrastructure in the coastal zone: problems, consequences and management. Tourism Management. Vol. 27(3): 517-524.

Williams, A. T., Ergin, A., Micallef, A. and Phillips, M.R. (2005). Public Perception of Coastal Structures at Groyned beaches. Zeitschrift fur Geomorphologie. Vol. 141: 111-122.

Contributions to coastal and ocean policies include: the Rio +20 World Summit, Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts and Islands, and UNESCO; EU Maritime Spatial Planning; and Welsh Government Policy on Marine Aggregate Dredging. Engagements with research agendas include the German Cluster of Excellence in Marine Environmental Sciences, the Portuguese Department of Science and Technology and the US Coastal Education and Research Foundation, amongst others.

Further details are as follows:

  • Invited participant: Wales Colloquium of the United Kingdom National Commission for UNESCO (in association with the Learned Society of Wales).  Aberystwyth University, June 2013.
  • Invited participant: EU-US initiative:Developing a New International architecture for Maritime Policy’. Organised by the  Dräger Foundation (in association with the European Commission, Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries) the conference brought together international experts in politics, academia, business, NGOs including Rt. Hon. David Miliband, Member of the British Parliament and former British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, now  co-chair of the newly launched Global Ocean Commission, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and  H.E. Anibal António Cavaco Silva, President of the Portuguese Republic. One of the key objectives of the conference series was to help establish an independent European Ocean Alliance and to link it with the U.S. Joint Ocean Commission Initiative. Outcomes will form the basis of the EU’s legal and policy framework for maritime affairs. Cascais, Portugal, June 2013.
  • Invited participant: EU-US initiative (sponsored by the German Drager Foundation in cooperation with the Earth Institute):Developing a New International architecture for Maritime Policy’. Second conference in series (see above). New York, July 2012.
  • Cited contributor to report for Rio+20 World Summit (Biliana Cicin-Sain, Miriam Balgos, Joseph Appiott, Kateryna Wowk, and Gwénaëlle Hamon. (2011). Oceans at Rio+20: How Well Are We Doing on the Major Ocean Commitments from the 1992 Earth Summit and the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development? Global Ocean Forum). This policy document was distributed to world leaders and decision makers at the Rio +20 conference.
  • International expert advisor to e-GEO’s ‘Assessment Unit’, advising on research strategy and policy. Universidade Nova de Lisboa. September 2011 to date.
  • Director/Trustee of the US Coastal Education and Research Foundation (CERF) Inc. I make contributions to research and education agendas for this globally influential organisation. (http://www.cerf-jcr.org/).July 2011 to date.
  • Member of MARUM Advisory Board (DFG Research Center – Cluster of Excellence, Marine Environmental Sciences). Advising on strategy for coastal and marine research for the German Research Foundation. Board members include representatives from the world’s top research institutions (http://www.marum.de/en/Advisory_Board.html). November 2010 to date.
  • Expert Advisor to the UNESCO Cymru-Wales Committee, to support UNESCO’s work in Education, Science and Culture in Wales.  October 2010 to date.
  • Convened, presented and moderated a session on Coastal Tourism and Climate Change in the Policy, Science and Technical Symposium at the Fifth Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts and Islands at the UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France. Speakers at the session included Professor Rolph Payet (Minister for Environment and Energy, Seychelles who in 2007, as one of the lead authors, shared the IPCC Nobel Peace Prize), Professor Philip Dearden, Head of Marine Research and Whale Laboratories, Canada, and Eva Aimable, Head of Policy and Research at the World Travel and Tourism Council, amongst others. I was one of 30 people chosen to make a permanent video record of proceedings. Others included Monique Barbut, CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility. Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands, UNESCO, Paris. May 2010.
  • Invited Expert and Rapporteur, European Commission Workshop on Maritime Spatial Planning, on behalf of European Commissioner Borg, D.G. MARE. The workshop included leading policy makers, academics, business leaders, NGOs and key stakeholders to assess challenges implementing the proposed European Directive on Maritime Spatial Planning. University of the Azores (2-3rd July, 2009).
  • Member of Climate, Oceans and Security Working Group: Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands: a Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded collaboration, with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) acting as implementing agencies. Collaborators include the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC); UNEP; National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO); Portuguese Committee for IOC; South Pacific Applied Geoscience Commission (SPAGC); IOC Sub-Commission for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions (OCARIBE); Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA); New Partnerships for Africa’s Development (NEPAD); Centre of Ecology, Fisheries and Oceanography of the Gulf of Mexico (EPOMEX); Mexican Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT); CCA; UNDP/UNEP/World Bank (WB)-Global Environment Facility (GEF)/International Waters (IW) LEARN. (http://www.globaloceans.org/ content/working-group-climate-oceans-and-security). 2008 – date.

Further international engagement includes:

  • Visiting Professor: University Centre of the Westfjords. December 2012 to date.
  • Appointed International Expert Advisor: CLIVAGE (Climate variability and changes adaptation strategies for small islands). Universidade de Acores, Fundação para a Ciência ea Tecnologia  (FCT) project 2011 - date.
  • Invited member of expert panel: National Geographic’s Global beach assessment: Nov 2010.
  • Appointed to Scientific Advisory Board for International Coastal Symposium (ICS) 2011. 2009 – 2011.
  • Appointed to Scientific Advisory Committee for International Coastal Symposium (ICS) 2009, 2011, 2014.
  • Appointed International Expert Advisor: SMARTPARKS (Planning and Management System for Small Islands Protected Areas). Universidade de Acores, Fundação para a Ciência ea Tecnologia  (FCT) project. 2009 - 2013.
  • Appointed International Expert Advisor: ADAPTARIA (Climate Change Modelling on Ria De Aveiro: Littoral Adaptation Strategy for Coastal and Fluvial Flooding). Universidade de Aveiro, Fundação para a Ciência ea Tecnologia  (FCT). 2009 - 2013.
  • Appointed to Editorial Board – Journal of Coastal Research. 2008 – date.
  • Vice Chair/Treasurer: Coastal and Marine Working Group (Royal Geographical Society – Institute British Geographers). 2006 – 2012.