Our research

Team members of the Ocean Governance research group at QUT

Our research focuses on ocean governance in a changing environmental, geopolitical and security context. The sustainable and peaceful governance of the world’s ocean environments against a backdrop of rapid ecological and geopolitical change is a grand challenge.

Robust legal, policy and governance reforms at global, regional, national and sub-national levels are needed for a transformative change in the way we treat and manage our marine and coastal environments.

The main themes of our research are:

  • marine environment;
  • maritime security;
  • climate change impact on oceans; and
  • climate change related displacement and smuggling and trafficking of persons by sea.