The Sea and Society

Sue Kidd

I am an academic and chartered town planner with an interest in integrated approaches to planning and in particular the integration of environmental concerns into policies, plans and programmes. I have acted as an advisor to government departments, government agencies, regional and local authorities and NGO’s. Much of my work has focussed on sustainable development particularly in relation to coastal and marine areas. I have been at the forefront of the theory and practice of Marine Spatial Planning and I’m currently engaged in a range of projects assisting the rollout of new marine planning and marine management arrangements across the Celtic and European Seas. As a planning academic my work here includes: involvement in the preparation of a management plan for the Mersey Estuary; leading a DETR funded study on Integrated Coastal Planning in the North West, coordinating an ESRC/NERC funded Trans-disciplinary Seminar Series on New Approaches to Managing Ecosystem Services in the Marine Environment; organising two ESRC funded workshops aimed at encouraging international partnership working in support of integrated marine spatial planning in the Irish Sea and leading ESPON Research Projects on Territorial Development of European Seas and Maritime Spatial Planning and land-sea interactions. I am also responsible for the development of Good Practice Guidelines for MSFD and terrestrial planning as part of the Celtic Seas Partnership Project.

Jenny Brown

I have a keen interests in coastal flood and erosion hazard modelling and monitoring to support decisions surrounding coastal management. My expertise are in wave, surge and tidal modelling at the regional scale; storm impact modelling at the local scale; and technology development to validate model capability.

Celine Germond-Duret

Celine is a critical geographer with an interdisciplinary background in international relations and political science. She has interests in the human geography of the marine environment, blue growth, (sustainable) development, and Indigenous peoples. Her current work aims at unravelling the interplay between the sea and sense of place, and deconstructing the traditional narratives and resulting power structures surrounding the sea. Her research appeared in Environment, Development and Sustainability ; Marine Policy ; Third World Quarterly ; Sustainable Development ; International Journal on Minority and Group Rights. She is the author of a book on Development, the World Bank and Indigenous Peoples (Karthala Press, France).

Jason Holt

I am head of the Marine Systems Modelling Group at the NOC, which makes a substantial contribution to the international effort on ocean modelling. My experience and expertise is in physical oceanography and coupled hydrodynamic-ecosystem processes, and particular areas of interest include the impact of climate change and variability on coasts, shelf-seas and ocean margins, and its relation to human pressures. I have acted as PI or group lead for 25 NERC, EC and Contract Research projects, including the ReCICLE project on climate change impacts in shelf seas, leading the modelling component in the NERC National Capability programmes ACCORD, CLASS and LOCATE. I co-chair the National Partnership for Ocean Prediction (

John Huthnance

I am an Emeritus Fellow of the National Oceanography Centre with interests in the dynamics of shelf and slope seas, ocean/shelf-sea dynamical interactions and exchanges.  Current roles include co-Executive Editor of the EGU open-access journal “Ocean Science” and membership of Defra Evidence Groups on “Healthy and BioDiverse Seas” (HBDSEG) and “Ocean Processes” (OPEG).  Work related to the latter has included lead authorship of marine physics aspects of “Charting Progress 2; the State of UK Seas” (2010) and “North Sea Climate Change Assessment” (2016). 

Stephen Jay

I specialise in marine spatial planning (MSP), and am interested in its international implementation. I have led European-funded projects on transboundary aspects of MSP and am a co-founder of the MSP Research Network. I am interested in promoting interchange between planning theory and MSP practice, particularly developing perspectives that seek to accommodate the dynamic character of the sea and human interaction with it. Seascape is one current area of study. I am a chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Hannah Jones

I am a Research Project Manager at the Liverpool Institute for Sustainable Coasts and Oceans (LISCO). My work primarily focuses on the ‘Sea and society’ research theme in particular how understanding and enhancing human relationships with the sea is crucial in order to achieve sustainable coasts and oceans. I have worked on numerous European funded projects including the Celtic Seas Partnership project where she was involved in the development of Natures Services and the Sea: A resource pack for marine and coastal stakeholders. 

In addition to my work with LISCO for the past 2 years I have acted as the main contact for the Atlantic area for the European MSP Platform, the 'MSP Assistance Mechanism' implemented by EASME on behalf of DG MARE. In addition to my work for the EU MSP Platform, I am currently providing technical assistance for the Erasmus + Strategic Partnership for Marine Spatial Planning, as well as being involved with the Horizon 2020 project AQUACROSS which aims to support EU efforts to protect aquatic biodiversity and ensure the provision of aquatic ecosystem services. I am also working on an ecosystem services evidence matrix for the EEA European Topic Centre for Inland Coastal and Marine waters.

Andy Davies

I am a historical and political geographer based in the Department of Geography and Planning. My research has focussed on politics in and around the Indian Ocean region, particularly in historical work which has examined how ships were important ways of spreading anticolonial information during the colonial era. I am a Co-Director of the Centre for Port and Maritime History, a collaboration between The University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University, and Merseyside Maritime Museum (

Laurent Amoudry

I am a principal scientist at the National Oceanography Centre, where I have been leading the Coastal Ocean Processes team since 2014. I am a coastal scientist with broad interests in coastal, estuarine and shelf seas dynamics, in particular in relation to sediment transport, turbulence and mixing, and land-ocean transfer processes. My work primarily involves observational and modelling process studies. The overall scientific challenge is to understand how the balance of operative processes control the behaviour and evolution of coastal seas and estuaries. One outcome is to improve integrated predictive systems for coastal and shelf seas under climate and anthropogenic changes. Topics of interest include: coastal and estuarine hydrodynamics; coastal and estuarine sediment transport; salt dynamics and intrusion; fluxes at the sediment-water interface; interactions between offshore renewable energy installations and the marine environment; multiphase modelling approaches for geophysical applications.

Leonie Robinson

Dr Leonie Robinson is a Senior Lecturer in Marine Biology at the University of Liverpool. Leonie’s research background is in community ecology of marine ecosystems. Her work focuses on the application of ecological theory in underpinning management of marine resources (particularly: ecosystem-based approach (EBA); integrated ecosystem assessment, cumulative effects assessment and ecological risk assessment). Leonie has developed many assessment frameworks and methodologies for linking human use of the seas with the effects on ecosystem components and ecosystem services, through pressures that affect the system and the management strategies and options that can be targeted at these. She has worked with OSPAR, ICES, national government and the EC in development of these approaches. Leonie recently led the pan-European EU FP7 project ODEMM: which developed tools and understanding to help operationalise ecosystem-based management across European regional seas. She was Liverpool PI on the H2020 Project Aquacross, and also works with the European Environment Agency to develop policy-relevant ecosystem assessments based around the relationship of ecosystem state with supply of ecosystem services and natural capital. She works closely with colleagues in the Planning discipline at UoL, on projects that span the interface between EBA and Marine Spatial Planning. She has co-authored a book on EBA and Marine Planning with Sue Kidd and been Co-I on a number of projects in this area. 

In addition I will be presenting this September at the ICES Annual Science Conference in Theme Session D (Assessing ecosystem vulnerability to multiple drivers and pressures). My talk title is: ‘Stripping down the nature of human threat in marine ecosystems’