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Research activities by a former UAS Fellow

Ina Tessnow-von Wysocki, former UAS Fellow about the MARIPOLDATA project

News from Sep 09, 2021

Bringing Science into the intersessional period of the new UN agreement:
Literature Review and Database on Marine Biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction published

The University Alliance for Sustainability provides a collaboration of several universitys world wide, with the aim of connecting academics and exchanging experience all over the globe. Since its initiation in 2015 it has led to several cooperations and is helping to enhance the output and improve the scientific pursuit of its collaborating institutions.

We are always delighted to report on the research activities of our former fellows and their accomplishments. A great example for this are the recent publications of Ina Tessnow-von Wysocki.

Ina Tessnow-von Wysocki, former UAS scholar, is now a PhD student at the University of Vienna in the MARIPOLDATA project, led by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Alice Vadrot, financed by the European Research Council. Her PhD focuses on Science-Policy Interfaces for Ocean Protection within the ongoing intergovernmental negotiations for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ).

During the intersessional period of the negotiations, she published a Systematic Literature Review, analysing 140 multidisciplinary scientific publications on the topic, with her supervisor Assoc. Prof. Dr. Alice Vadrot. The review presents recommendations made in the literature sample for each of the four package elements of the future treaty and identifies four overarching themes: ocean connectivity, institutional design, the role of science, and digital technology. It further identifies two important gaps that need to be addressed if we are to conserve marine biodiversity in international waters: the science-policy interfaces and the need for transformative change.

On this basis, MARIPOLDATA published a new Database on BBNJ Governance Literature to serve the intersessional period of the BBNJ process and debates within the scientific community. Providing a continuously updated overview of scientific BBNJ governance publications, the database can serve as a point of information for both researchers interested in the study of BBNJ and governmental and non-governmental actors involved in the BBNJ negotiations. Read more on the MARIPOLDATA database here.


Further publications that Ina Tessnow-von Wysocki co-authored within the MARIPOLDATA project:

Vadrot, Alice B.M. Langlet, Arne. Tessnow-von Wysocki, Ina. Tolochko, Petro. Brogat, Emmanuelle. and Ruiz-Rodríguez, Silvia C. 2021. Marine Biodiversity Negotiations During COVID-19: A New Role for Digital Diplomacy?. Global Environmental Politics

Vadrot, Alice B.M. Langlet, Arne. Tessnow-von Wysocki, Ina. 2021. Who owns marine biodiversity? Contesting the world order through the `common heritage of humankind´ principle. Environmental Politics


Are you interested in becoming a fellow of the University Alliance for Sustainability? For more information contact program manager Katrin Schweigel (katrin.schweigel@fu-berlin.de) or visit our page Calls for Applications.

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