BSc Marine Biology
MSc Coastal Zone Management
MRes Environment, Energy & Resilience
PhD Environment, Energy & Resilience
Level 3 Award in Effective Management
I am an interdisciplinary researcher at Exeter University, working in the broad field of marine social science. My goal is to transform humanity’s relationship with the ocean towards sustainability and I work towards this goal with her research and public roles.
I am a former Plymouth City Councillor, current Vice Chair of Devon & Severn Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority, and Cattewater Harbour Commissioner in Plymouth. I am a Director of Labour: Coast & Country, member of the Ocean Literacy Working Group, and the founding author of the Local Government Ocean Recovery Declaration.
My research contributes to transformation of the human-ocean relationship by investigating marine citizenship, marine governance and decision-making, and psychological factors and place relationships that influence how people connect to and use the sea. My research is informed by fields as diverse as human geography, environmental psychology, marine sciences, corporate governance, environmental law, and green [blue] politics.
I collaborate with The Crown Estate, the Marine Management Organisation, Natural England, and the PPlymouth Sound National Marine Park to embed marine citizenship principles into marine governance and practice.
Open to collaborations and consultancy subject to capacity. Always interested to hear from people and organisations interested in marine social science.
Lead editor of RGS Journal Geo theme ‘The Place and Politics of Marine Governance’, which is open to articles in non-traditional formats and with non-academic co-authors. Find out more: https://rgs-ibg.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/20544049/marinegovernance
Local Government Ocean Recovery Declaration #Motion4TheOcean [hyperlink hashtag: https://www.pamelabuchan.co.uk/projects/oceanrecoverydeclaration] – a Model Motion putting the ocean into local policy and climate conversations.
ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize 2022 – Winner Outstanding Early Career Impact https://www.ukri.org/about-us/how-we-are-doing/research-outcomes-and-impact/esrc/connecting-with-the-ocean-to-protect-the-marine-environment/
Values at Sea Podcast (2023) https://valuesatsea.podbean.com/e/episode-2-pamela-buchan
Marine Social Science Network Citizens of the Sea Webinar https://youtu.be/JLuYSiRJZKg
Personal blog (occasionally updated) https://www.pamelabuchan.co.uk/blogs