University of Portsmouth Professor named UNESCO Chair

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Professor Pierre Failler, Director of the Centre for Blue Governance, has pledged to address critical gaps in the governance of the world’s oceans in the pursuit of a sustainable ocean economy.

  • 06 December 2021
  • 3 min read

Professor Pierre Failler, Director of the Centre for Blue Governance at the University of Portsmouth, has pledged to address critical gaps in the governance of the world’s oceans in the pursuit of a sustainable ocean economy, after being named UNESCO Chair in Ocean Governance.

The Chair will help meet the relevant challenges for the successful implementation of the UN Decade of Ocean Sciences for Sustainable Development through new and existing research projects. Professor Failler will focus on the dissemination of new ideas, training in other countries and information and documentation on ocean sciences and governance. This includes the setting up of annual international ocean governance workshops, seminars and conferences.

At the moment intentions are good but too fragmented. It’s time for countries and science to stop working in isolation and work together.

Professor Pierre Failler, Director of the Centre for Blue Governance at the University of Portsmouth

Professor Failler, who is Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Business and Law, plans to focus on innovative interdisciplinary methods, approaches and expertise with a view to guiding a sustainable ocean economy. He also plans to establish a strong network with countries in the Global South and other UNESCO Chairs, acting as a hub for information and connecting global stakeholders including non-governmental organisations, the private sector and government agencies harnessing higher education innovations and information and communication technologies.

Professor Failler says, “I am delighted to be awarded the UNESCO Chair in Ocean Governance at the University of Portsmouth. The Chair means that we will be working in close partnership with UNESCO officials to improve the governance of the world’s oceans. There are many challenges to overcome during the UN Decade of Ocean Sciences for Sustainable Development. It is an opportunity to bring about the systemic change that is so necessary to safeguard the future of our oceans.”

“At the moment intentions are good but too fragmented. It’s time for countries and science to stop working in isolation and work together.”

I hope that the establishment of this new UK UNESCO Chair will enhance Professor Faillier’s work with UNESCO and help to create long-lasting and fruitful international partnerships in ocean governance during this crucial UN Decade of Ocean Sciences for Sustainable Development.

Professor Anne Anderson, Vice-Chair and Non-Executive Director for Higher Education, UK National Commission for UNESCO

This new position builds on the University of Portsmouth’s reputation and ability to be able to influence global policy on sustainability issues. Through the Revolution Plastics initiative, led by Professor Steve Fletcher, the University is leading the way in finding a solution to the global plastic waste crisis.

Professor Anne Anderson, Vice-Chair & Non-Executive Director for Higher Education, UK National Commission for UNESCO said, "My huge congratulations to Professor Pierre Failler and his colleagues on the award of the new UNESCO Chair in Ocean Governance at the University of Portsmouth.

"I hope that the establishment of this new UK UNESCO Chair will enhance Professor Failler’s work with UNESCO and help to create long-lasting and fruitful international partnerships in ocean governance during this crucial UN Decade of Ocean Sciences for Sustainable Development."

If you are passionate about ocean governance and would like to work with Prof Failler and his colleagues, we are now offering a funded PhD studentship to start in February 2022 entry.