He comes from an educational background in Political Science and International Business. His focus in politics has been on Global Governance, International Relations and Policy Analysis.
His Masters research focused on the emergence and spread of Marine Spatial Planning as a tool for ecosystem-based management. The thesis explored formal governance structures and informal governance networks, the role of individuals as institutional entrepreneurs, innovation in the context of social-ecological system dynamics and cross-scale interactions.
His PhD project is entitled 'Global Governance of Marine Resources — Actors, Networks and Organisations'. Over the course of the PhD, Andrew will use specific cases to highlight and assess; the interactions of formal and informal governance institutions, key actors involved in global governance of marine resources, the governability of marine resources embedded in the global economy and the feedbacks, relations, trajectories and nonlinearities that characterise the evolving marine resource governance landscape.
As a fellow of the Nippon Foundation funded Nereus Program, Andrew will collaborate with colleagues from the University of British Columbia, Princeton, Duke and UNEP-WCMC in Cambridge, UK as part of a joint project to use science to 'predict' the future ocean in aid of securing a healthy ocean and the on-going, sustainable provision of marine resources for future generations.
In addition to his PhD research, Andrew is a member of the centre communications team where he indulges his passion for social media and helps to organise a range of seminars and dialogues.