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Liliana Bastian

PhD student

 Environment and Sustainability Institute desk 114, 2.16


Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK


After earning a BSc in Environmental Geoscience and GIS from Texas A&M University, I wanted to explore the usefulness of social science in creating more sustainable and equitable conservation and development policy in marine areas around the world. I later earned a Master of Marine Affairs from the University of Washington, where I refined my focus on qualitative methods and critical geography as applied to conservation and development, and co-authored a report published by the IUCN Global Gender Office assessing attention to women’s participation and gender equity in the national reporting mechanisms of the Ramsar Convention and World Heritage Convention. Now in the Environment and Sustainability Institute at University of Exeter, my research will critically examine the implications of trade-offs among ecosystem services in marine planning contexts for human rights and wellbeing objectives.

I have also worked in climate change adaptation planning for tribal and state governments in the United States; led environmental education in Sabah, Malaysia with the U.S. Department of State Fulbright program; and conducted research supporting land and marine tenure rights security for indigenous groups in Malaysia.

Broad research specialisms

Marine protected areas
Gender and environment
Qualitative methods


BSc Environmental Geoscience

Master of Marine Affairs



Research projects

Project Title: Assessing and Reconciling Trade-offs in Marine Planning

Supervisors: Dr. Louisa Evans, Dr. Tomas Chaigneau

Funding Body: Research Council UK (RCUK) Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)

Project Description:

With stakeholder participation, this research will co-design generic principles and approaches to making the hard political and ethical decisions about acceptable trade-offs in Development Assistance Committee (DAC) contexts. These principles will take account of international protocols and policy on basic needs, human rights and social justice, as well as national priorities on development, food security and public health alongside local culture, issues and sensitivities.


Supervision / Group

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