Project Coordinator, School of Biology and MASTS


Chris has worked across marine and coastal science, policy, regulation and conservation, and now blends these with social sciences, communication and public engagement activities in pursuit of behavioural change outcomes for people, ocean and planet… hence his coordinator role for the MASTS initiative: People Ocean Planet (POP). This is all about new and sometimes unusual collaborative partnerships, to break new ground in driving positive change.

Some strands of POP’s work are applied research, but they also seek to extend the impact of academic knowledge with new and improved public engagement and the flow of information and influence to society at large. Tackling climate change is at the top of the priorities, recognising that a ‘just transition’ necessitates broader awareness and acceptance of the need for systemic change, with such a shift in attitudes filtering through to personal actions on energy consumption and waste.

Chris also still works part-time for NatureScot on marine policy and marine planning, advising and influencing government policy and the management of marine sectors and ecosystems. Previous roles there include the provision of advice to government and offshore developers on the potential impacts of, and mitigation options for, offshore and marine renewable energy projects.