BiographyPeter Jones is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography, University College London (UCL). He has spent more than 20 years undertaking trans-disciplinary research on the governance of human uses of marine resources, particularly in relation to marine protected areas (MPAs) and marine spatial planning (MSP).
He has provided advice to many national and international organisations on MPA and MSP- related issues and is internationally recognised as an authority on such issues, with a particular focus on how state, market and participative governance approaches can be combined to achieve strategic conservation objectives. He has been an advisor to the European Common Fisheries Policy and England's conservation agency on marine protected area governance and recently undertook a project for the United Nations Environment Programme to analyse how different approaches can be combined to effectively govern marine protected areas, based on 20 case studies around the world (www.mpag.info). He led a work programme on different governance approaches in the context of marine spatial planning as part of a project on the monitoring and evaluation of spatially managed marine areas (www.mesma.org), involving 12 case studies around Europe.
Closer to home, Peter has been appointed to the Committee for the Sussex Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority, which has given him the opportunity to apply his research knowledge to actual day-to-day management of his local coastal seas, including several existing and proposed MPAs. See http://www.geog.ucl.ac.uk/~pjones for contact details and more information.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Natural resource governance: combining economic, participative, legal, collective learning and awareness raising approaches, with a particular focus on marine protected areas.
Peter enjoys life by the sea in Sussex with his wife and two teenage children. He also enjoys walking, snorkeling, diving, sailing, sitting on the beach, body boarding, falling off long boards and playing the guitar.