Postdoctoral Fellow (IWP1)
Dr Rachel Kelly is a Postdoctoral Fellow in FOCI’s IWP #1, conducting research that will improve understanding and inform the potential use of ‘foresighting’ in the FOCI project. Rachel’s role in the project cements research linkages between Memorial University and the Centre for Marine Socioecology (CMS) and the Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) both in Tasmania, Australia. She is also heavily involved with developing and expanding the nascent FOCI HQP Caucus.
Rachel is a marine socioecologist. Her most recent research has focused on the human dimensions of ocean sustainability, with a particular focus on improving global ocean literacy, connecting citizen science more actively with marine conservation initiatives, and engaging communities more meaningfully to secure marine space social licence. This work has involved collaborative research projects in and with the CMS, the World Maritime University in Sweden, the Australian National University in Canberra, iDiv in Germany, and other international groups. Currently, Rachel is working under the supervision of Asoc Prof Paul Foley and Dr Rob Stephenson (in FOCI) to assess linkages between the concepts foresighting and full-spectrum sustainability, to further the aims and objectives of the wider FOCI project working groups.