Law and GeoSciences to partner on Blue Skies research project

Professor Elisa Morgera (Law) and Dr Meriwether Wilson (Geosciences) have been awarded a Blue Skies research grant by the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) programme. 

Their project investigates how science can be translated into law in ways that encourage more sustainable fishing that benefits those experiencing poverty.

Blue Skies research projects are expected to be highly innovative and interdisciplinary, with a view to helping set the agenda for the next decade of research linking ecosystem services, human wellbeing, and environmental and economic sustainability.

Professor Morgera and Dr Wilson's project, titled “Sharing the benefits of sustainable fisheries: from global to local legal approaches to marine ecosystem services for poverty alleviation” extends ESPA research into a new academic domain, law. 

The programme is funded by the UK's Department for International Development (DFID), the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), as part of the UK’s Living with Environmental Change partnership.

The project will run from September 2015 to August 2016. It aims to assess the role and limitations of law as an enabling condition for reducing different dimensions of poverty in the context of marine ecosystem services, with a particular focus on fisheries.

The project builds on the research on the legal concept of fair and equitable benefit-sharing that Professor Morgera is conducting under a grant of the European Research Council (BENELEX: "Benefit-sharing for an equitable transition to the green economy - the role of law", 2013-2018), for which Dr Wilson serves as a member of the board of advisor.

A project launch event open to scholars, stakeholders and students will be held on Monday 21st September 2015, 6-8pm, at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation.

Professor Morgera is the Director of the LLM programme in Global Environment and Climate Change Law

Find out more about ESPA 2014 Blue Skies projects

Read the full ESPA press release.