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The Politics of Marine Biodiversity Data - Global and National Policies and Practices of Monitoring the Oceans

An ERC Project


Principal Investigator: Assoc.-Prof. Dr. Alice B. M. Vadrot

Arne Langlet, MA
Ina Tessnow-von Wysocki, MA
Dr Petro Tolochko
Silvia C. Ruiz R., MA

Research Administrators:
Emmanuelle Brogat, MA
Phoebe Fuhrmann, MA

Open positions:
Post-Doctoral Researcher

Funding: European Research Council, 11/2018 - 10/2023

MARIPOLDATA is an ERC Starting Grant project running from November 2018 to October 2023. A research team led by the Principal Investigator Dr. Alice Vadrot develops and applies a new interdisciplinary and multi-scale approach to study new forms of power at the intersection between science, and politics. The project uses ongoing negotiations on a new international legally binding instrument under the United Nation Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ) to study these processes in action.

Marine biodiversity data will play a central role: Firstly, in supporting intergovernmental efforts to identify, protect and monitor marine biodiversity. Secondly, in informing governments interested in particular aspects of marine biodiversity, including its economic use and its contribution to biosecurity. In examining how this data is represented and used, this project will create a novel understanding of the materiality of science-policy interrelations and identify new forms of power in global environmental politics as well as develop the methodologies to do so.

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New MARIPOLDATA database of scientific literature on the ongoing intergovernmental negotiations for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ). The database serves as a point of reference for researchers interested in the study of BBNJ as well as governmental and non-governmental actors involved in the BBNJ negotiations.