Dr Pamela Buchan
ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow
Amory Building, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4RJ , UK
I have a varied academic and professional career history including marine biology, public engagement with science, volunteer management, coastal zone management, and marine social science research and consulting. I have served as an elected councillor in Plymouth City Council, and continue to contribute to public office as an MMO appointee and Vice Chair of the Devon & Severn Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority. I've sat on a number of boards that work at the interface of the marine environment and the public, across a range of marine and non-marine sectors.
Broad research specialisms:
I am interested in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research and practice related to the human-ocean relationship, including governance and decision making. My PhD research invetigated marine citizenship through a range of disciplines including marine environmental science, human geography, environmental psychology and environmental law. Through this work, the Plymouth Sound National Marine Park has embedded marine citizenship as a key goal, and the Ocean Recovery Declaration has been developed as a vehicle for marine citizenship.
ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Exeter University (2022 - current)
Research Associate, 'Future of Boards' project, Cambridge University Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) (2022)
Postgraduate Researcher, Exeter University (2016 - 2022)
Public office and responsibilities:
Devon & Severn Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority, Vice Chair (2021 - current)
Cattewater Harbour Commissioners, Port Duty Holder (2019 - current)
Plymouth City Council, Honicknowle Ward (2018 - 2022)
Marine Social Science research and evaluation for DEFRA, WWF, Ocean Conservation Trust, Coastal Partnerships Network.
Research group links
Humanity's relationship with the ocean: marine citizenship, marine identity, values and perceptions, pro-environmental behaviour, marine policy and governance.
Project Title: International researcher-practitioner collaboration to co-produce conceptualisation of marine identities & put marine citizenship theory into practice.
Mentor: Prof. Patrick Devine-Wright
Funding: ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship
This project responds to Challenge 10 of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development : “Change humanity’s relationship with the ocean”.
The project includes:
1) A workshop with a network of international researchers and practitioners to: develop a conceptualisation of marine identities through diverse perspectives, knowledge, research and practice in global communities; interrogate relationships with marine citizenship and ocean literacy; and publish the findings to reach leading environmental researchers.
2) A collaboration with the UK’s first National Marine Park in Plymouth Sound (PSNMP) to pilot methods of developing marine citizenship and marine identity through participation and impact.
The Fellowship will provide the foundations for the development of future research into marine citizenship and marine identities.
- Marine Social Science Network: Plymouth #MarSocSciPlym
- 2022 ESRC
Grant No. ES/X006379/1
External Engagement and Impact
ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize 2022 Winner: Outstanding Early Career Impact
Advice to Government, Parliament, devolved and English regional administrations, other national, international, regional or local agencies; advice to non-government organisations and to private practice
- Founder and co-author of the Ocean Recovery Declaration, advising local authorities across the UK on declaring and implementing the motion; engaging with a range of other stakeholders, e.g., the MMO, Natural England, Association of IFCAs, IFCAs, and NGOs.
- Advisor to DEFRA: Ocean Literacy Working Group member; inshore fisheries and marine social science advisor.
- Devon & Severn Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority, Vice Chair, serving on the committee 2018 - present
- Cattewater Harbour Commissioners, trust port duty holder, serving 2019 - present
Competitively funded studentships and postdoctoral fellowships
- ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship 2022
- ESRC 1+3 Studentship Environment, Energy & Resilience 2015
Keynote addresses or prestigious public lectures given in international forums
- Keynote speaker in the Ocean Conservation session of the European Marine Science Educators Association annual conference 2022
How can we promote social transformation to tackle climate change? Geography department panel discussion (Exeter sign in required - Societies and events tab).