Christine Gaebel

Christine Gaebel infront of the United Nations Headquarters in 2019 for the BBNJ Negotiations.

I am a transdisciplinary researcher with a focus on science-policy interfaces, multi-stakeholder engagement and marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ). In particular, I am interested in the evidence-policy-practice nexus and the operationalisation of evidence-informed policy within the future United Nations BBNJ agreement, which is currently under negotiation.

I am the founder of the Changing Oceans’ Science-Policy Working Group, that aims to bring together researchers across disciplines to produce recommendations and solutions to the complex environmental issues faced in a changing ocean.

I have an interdisciplinary background, with a first class bachelor’s degree in Law from Canada, where I grew up. An avid scuba diver and ocean enthusiast, I spent my post-graduation years underwater, working as a Marine Conservation Officer at a coral restoration centre on a small island off of Borneo and leading dive expeditions around the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. In 2018 I returned to academic studies to complete an MSc in Marine Systems and Policies at the University of Edinburgh, where I was awarded a Distinction as well as the MSc Best Dissertation and MSc Dissertation Publication prizes. In the future, I hope to further investigate transboundary science-policy interfaces to bridge the gap between deep-sea science and international environmental law.