Scroll Top

Steve Fletcher

Steve Fletcher

Professor of Ocean Policy and Economy
University of Portsmouth

Presenting the Keynote Speech:
“Unlocking the Transition to a Sustainable Blue Economy”

I am an ocean policy, blue economy and plastic pollution specialist focused on delivering actionable research to support positive outcomes for people and the ocean. I have held senior marine research leadership positions for the last decade within the academic and UN systems. I have more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, research reports, and policy-focused publications, and I am one of the top five most-cited researchers in the blue economy field. I am also an experienced and effective media communicator. I am a member of the UNEP International Resource Panel and have worked with the G20, World Bank and UNEP on a range of ocean and plastics-focused projects. I have led and managed multiple large multi-partner international ocean projects and have worked extensively in the UN family of organisations.

From 2015 to 2018, I was Head of the Marine Programme at the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) in Cambridge, where I contributed to the development and monitoring of a range of global agreements, including on the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction.




Privacy Preferences
When you visit our website, it may store information through your browser from specific services, usually in form of cookies. Here you can change your privacy preferences. Please note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our website and the services we offer.