Christine Gaebel

I am an interdisciplinary PhD candidate with NERC’s Edinburgh Earth, Ecology and Environment Doctoral Training Partnership (E4 DTP) at the University of Edinburgh.

My research investigates science-society-policy interfaces and the use of science in international marine biodiversity governance processes, including the ongoing negotiations to finalise a new international agreement for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ). In particular, I am interested in the science-policy-practice nexus and the operationalisation of evidence-based governance under a future BBNJ agreement.

I am the Co-Lead of the Deep-Ocean Stewardship Initiative’s BBNJ Working Group, an early career fellow with the H2020 iAtlantic Project, and the Science-Policy Officer for the Centre for Adapting to Changing Environments (ACE) at the University of Edinburgh.

Prior to undertaking a PhD, I worked as a Research Assistant with the Horizon 2020 ATLAS project where I investigated the science-policy nexus of deep and open ocean biodiversity governance and as a Marine Policy Project Manager with the Horizon 2020 iAtlantic project. I hold an undergraduate degree with a double major in Law and Human Rights and a Master of Science in Marine Systems and Policies.



Gaebel, C., Baulcomb, C., Johnson, D.E., Roberts, J.M., 2020, Recognising Stakeholder Conflict & Encouraging Consensus of ‘Science-Based Management’ Approaches for Marine Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ), Frontiers in Marine Science, 7:557546. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2020.557546.


Other outputs:

Strand, M., Morgera, E., Ntona, M., Kenny, A., Sauer, W., Gaebel, C., Lavelle, J., Snow, B., 2022, Advancing participation in the conservation & sustainable use of marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ). Online.

Gaebel, C., Larkin, K., Dohna, T., Henry, L.A., Grove, T., Stoller, A., Fang, X., Roberts, J.M., 2021, Integrating Diverse Knowledge Systems, ECO Magazine. Online.

Badoz, L., Brown, A., Epps, M., Gaebel, C., Garcia, S., Gjerde, K., Harden-Davies, H., Jaspars, M., Mossop, J., Nevill, P., Payne, C., Slobodian, L., Symons, D., 2020, International Legally Binding Instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the Conservation & Sustainable use of Marine Biological Diversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction: IUCN Comments. Online.


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