The National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway)

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National University of Ireland Galway, founded in 1845, is one of Ireland's foremost centres of academic excellence with a distinguished record in scholarship and research. With in excess of 1,200 staff and over 15,000 students, it has a long established reputation of teaching and research excellence in each of its seven faculties - Arts, Science, Commerce, Engineering, Celtic Studies, Medicine & Health Sciences, and Law. Environment, Marine and Energy is one of a set of five research themes that are prioritised by the University. NUI Galway manages over 70 EU projects (FP6 and FP7) and is currently the coordinator of 2 FP7 projects, CoralFISH and Purstem. CoralFISH assesses the interaction between corals, fish and fisheries, in order to develop monitoring and predictive modelling tools for ecosystem based management in the deep waters of Europe and beyond. NUI Galway are also a partner on the FP7 HERMIONE project which sets out to investigate ecosystems at critical sites on Europe’s deep-ocean margin. The university’s Ryan Marine Institute serves as a regional, national and international Centre of Excellence for the study of marine and freshwater resources while theSocio-Economic Marine Research Unit conducts research on the economic utility of the marine environment and the ecological value derived from the productivity of associated ecosystems.

Role of NUIG in SOCIOEC

NUI Galway will contribute to WP2, WP3 and WP6. In WP2 NUI Galway will coordinate with the other Irish Partner on the project, the Marine Institute in WP2 to define the high level (EU wide) sustainability objectives of the CFP (based on literature overview and consultation with high level stakeholder groups) and define of operational sustainability objectives at the local level (based on consultation with stakeholders via workshops and through the case studies). In WP3 it will be involved in the analysis of fisher’s perceptions towards alternative management strategies using discrete choice modelling approaches and in WP6 it will be an active partner on the Celtic Sea Herring and Pelagic case studies.

Description of Personnel involved in the project

Stephen Hynes is a Senior Researcher in the Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit, NUI Galway. He has a strong background in applied environmental/natural resource economic research and extensive work experience in econometric modelling with particular emphasis on non-market valuation and spatial microsimulation modelling techniques. He has previously worked as an environmental economist in the Rural Economy Research Centre, Teagasc.

Brendan Flynn has is a lecturer in the School of Political Science & Sociology. His primary research interests include comparative environmental policy, with a special focus on EU and Irish developments. He also retains an interest in wider EU policy and European politics developments. Brendan is also currently involved in a project entitled “Fisheries Knowledge” which is examining fishermen’s attitude to regulation and their knowledge on management practices in regards to fragile marine ecosystems.

Mark Johnson is the SIF Professor in Marine Environment within the Martin Ryan Institute in NUI Galway. He is an ecologist with expertise in spatial and temporal patterns in marine ecosystems with application to resource management and planning. He was previously a partner on the FP5 project ALIENS (Algal Introductions on European Shores).

Mike Fitzpatrick is a post-doctoral researcher at SEMRU (Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit), in the National University of Ireland, Galway. He has almost twenty years of working, within both research and industry capacities, on fisheries managment problems. Mike is currently conducting a choice experiment to discern stakeholder preferences in order to select and refine management measures which are consistent with sustainability.

flagsThe research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7 / 2007-2013) under grant agreement no. 289192. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the European Union cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.