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Dr Wassim Dbouk

Research Fellow

Research interests

  • I am currently involved in a multi-disciplinary research project as part of the Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre (IDRIC -, where I am researching the legal and regulatory aspects of the transport of CO2 to support the implementation of the UK Government's Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) plans.
  • My wider research interests include the policy aspects influencing the governance and sustainable management of our oceans and the simultaneous implementation of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their respective targets.

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I am Post-doctoral researcher in marine and maritime policy, with a background in maritime law, a broader interest in sustainable development, and an expertise in translating research into policy-informing evidence.

I come from a flexible background. I studied French and Lebanese Law and specialised in Maritime Law, and have had diverse experiences in the private and public legal sectors, most notably with the Lebanese Parliament. This helped me develop an astute understanding of the interaction between research, law and policy which equipped me with essential skillsets to work towards my aspiration of playing an active role in environmental policy-making at local, regional and international levels.

At the University of Southampton, I have been part of Public Policy|Southampton (PPS) where the core objective is to 'change the world for the better' by engaging policymakers with evidence produced at the University. The unit aims to achieve this through building and maintaining strategic partnerships with local, national and international policymakers. To that end, I have been involved in several wide-ranging policy-informing research projects, during which I collected and analysed data, and presented my research outcomes to relevant stakeholders. I am also responsible for managing and supporting academic responses to Governmental consultations and Parliamentary inquires.

Through my role as Marine and Maritime Policy Research Fellow within the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute (SMMI), I specialise in designing and delivering policy engagement activities to ensure that research projects led by the marine and maritime research community at the University inform current and future local, national and international policies. 

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