Dr. Carole Durussel works at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) based in Potsdam, Germany. She works and undertakes research on advancing and strengthening regional ocean governance, with a particular focus on the legal and institutional framework for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ). She co-leads the STRONG High Seas project (Strengthening Regional Ocean Governance for the High Seas), which aims to facilitate the development of comprehensive and cross-sectoral approaches to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in ABNJ in the Southeast Atlantic and Southeast Pacific. Prior to joining the IASS, Dr. Durussel worked at IUCN on the Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative (GOBI), an international partnership contributing expertise to support the identification of ecologically or biologically significant areas (EBSAs) in ABNJ.
Dr. Durussel obtained her PhD from the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) of the University of Wollongong in 2015. Her thesis examined the adequacy of the regional legal and institutional framework of the Southeast Pacific to address the conservation of high seas biodiversity. Whilst emphasising the importance of the regional level for the conservation of high seas biodiversity, Dr. Durussel's thesis identifies key challenges and shortcomings faced by the Southeast Pacific region in inter-institutional cooperation and in the implementation of globally agreed biodiversity conservation measures. This is the first study of its kind with a focus on RFMO governance from a high seas biodiversity conservation perspective. It is also the first comprehensive regional study focusing on evaluating institutional interplay management, cooperation between RFMOs and regional seas organisations, and the incorporation of biodiversity obligations in RFMOs within one region. She also holds a master’s equivalent in marine environmental sciences from the Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg and a graduate certificate in business administration from the University of Wollongong.
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