The European Research Council has announced the latest round of grants to Early Career Researchers as part of the Horizon 2020 programme. 3170 grant applications were received, with a total of 403 ECRs receiving funding.
One of those to receive a grant is Dr Alice Vadrot, CSaP Visiting Research Fellow. Alice's project is titled "The Politics of Marine Biodiversity Data: Global and National Policies and Practices of Monitoring the Oceans". In order to protect marine biodiversity and ensure that benefits are equally shared, the UN General Assembly has decided to develop a new legally binding treaty under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. Marine biodiversity data will play a central role in the creation and development of this treaty.
However, the political aspects of marine biodiversity data remain understudied. This project will create a novel understanding of the materiality of science-policy interrelations in global environmental politics as well as develop the methodologies to do so. This is crucial, because the capacities to develop and use data infrastructures are unequally distributed among countries. Futhermore global initiatives for data sharing are significantly challenged by conflicting perceptions of who benefits from marine biodiversity research. The central aim of this project is to develop and apply a new multiscale methodology for grounding the analysis of science-policy interrelations in empirical research.
More information on the ERC grants can be found here.
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