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Valerie Cummins

Senior lecturer, researcher and consultant in ocean innovation and sustainability UCC

Senior lecturer, researcher and consultant in ocean innovation and sustainability. 20 years of experience in the human dimension of coastal and marine social ecological systems. Research and practice on coastal governance, blue growth, marine renewable energy transitions, adaptation to climate change, stakeholder engagement, innovation ecosystems and entrepreneurship. Motivated by the protection of the marine environment, blue growth, and the Sustainable Development Goals. Interested in transdisciplinary research, and the transfer of knowledge to action to achieve sustainability pathways. 

Co-chair of the Future Earth Coasts (FEC) International Scientific Steering Committee, from 2014 to present, providing a platform to influence the global community concerned with the impact of science on coastal vulnerability. Collaborator on the NCEAS and Future Earth Pegasus project to review the impact of the marine sanctuary in Palau, Micronesia. Expert contributor to the UN second World Ocean Assessment.  Co-PI on the Science Foundation Ireland Eirwind project, applying a trans-disciplinary approach to the development of offshore wind.

Career to date represents a mix of academic, strategic development roles, research and research management. Significant track record in managing partnerships in complex institutional settings, team building, fundraising, developing Research Development and Innovation (RD&I) capacity, and leading innovation networks, at national and international levels. Married with three young daughters. Enjoy recreational sailing, hill walking and live music.

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