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SMMI’s Policy Fellow Wassim Dbouk highlights recent policy-focused activities

Published: 23 May 2022
The Palace of Westminster at Dawn.

SMMI contributes wherever possible to the development of policy and strategic thinking about the growth of the marine and maritime sectors. In particular, SMMI is keen to enhance the research, development and innovation activities within these sectors.

Dr Wassim Dbouk, SMMI Policy Fellow, specialises in creating and delivering policy engagement opportunities for researchers within the SMMI and in translating their research outcomes into policy-informing evidence.

SMMI’s recent policy influences include responses to two calls for evidence by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, updates on policy-informing research projects, and an end-of placement blog as follows:

  • Professor Chris Hauton, Professor Jack Corbett, Dr Jasmin Godbold and Dr Maria Baker's response to the consultation on the ‘2030 Strategic Framework for International Climate and Nature Action’. Read more here.
  • Professor Paul Kemp’s response to the consultation on ‘Draft Joint Fisheries Statement’. Read more here.
  • Dr Sien van der Plank’s project on ‘Opportunities for Local Involvement in Transformational Adaptation on the English Coast’. Read more here.
  • Stephanie Lavelle’s project on ‘Understanding Ecosystem Level Impacts of Plastic Pollution’. Read more here.
  • Rhiannon Jones’ NERC-funded marine policy placement with Defra and the G7 FSOI. Read more here.
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