NPA project coordinator
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Neil is responsible for coordinating ERI’s activity concerning Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme projects. He is also the postgraduate coordinator, and lecturer.
With a background in marine ecology and zoology (PhD from University of Liverpool & British Antarctic Survey, Master’s degree from University of Sheffield), his broad research interests include applied approaches to tackle environmental contamination, develop sustainable resource use and circular economies in remote and rural regions. Neil’s research is primarily through five projects (three full, two preparatory) funded through the EU’s Northern Periphery and Arctic programme; Circular Ocean, GREBE, REGINA, NortH2O, and BioNorth.
Neil is the project coordinator for Circular Ocean, a €1.5million project funded by the EU’s Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme and responsible for the operational management overall financial administration and accounting of the project. Circular Ocean is focussed on the impact of environmental contamination and seeks to developing innovative and sustainable solutions for marine plastic waste. Through transnational collaboration and eco-innovation Circular Ocean will develop, share and test new sustainable solutions to incentivise the elimination, collection and, reprocessing of discarded fishing nets and assist the movement towards a more circular economy. I also have a particular interest in the presence, magnitude and effects of plastic contamination of aquatic environments. Circular Ocean won the prestigious EU RegioStars 2016 inaugural Public Choice Award and was a finalist in the category Sustainable Growth: Circular Economy.
GREBE is focussed will focus on the challenges of peripheral and arctic regions as places for doing business and help develop renewable energy (RE) business opportunities provided by extreme conditions. It will support successful development of SMEs and start-ups in this sector through analysis of advanced RE options, expert business mentoring, transnational models of successful growth strategies, policy analysis and information on funding mechanisms for businesses and support agencies.
REGINA aims to reduce the vulnerability and increase the preparedness of small communities in remote and sparsely populated areas of the Nordic Arctic and Scotland towards the development – or closing-down – of large-scale, resource-based industries.
NortH2O is focussed on developing long-term, cost-effective and transferable approaches for reducing micro-pollutants in the environments of remote regions through the application and implementation of green, sustainable technology and social engagement solutions.
The objective of BioNorth is to developing and test the ability of organic waste materials to contribute to a cost effective and parsimonious water treatment method suitable especially for run-off waters from agriculture and other non-point loading sources in rural northern and arctic areas.
Previously my research aimed to provide advice regarding renewable bio-energy to remote, rural communities as part of BioPAD (BioEnergy Proliferation and Deployment), I have previously worked on other Northern Periphery Programme projects including RASLRES (Regional Approaches to Stimulating Local Renewable Energy Solutions), and CoastAdapt which focused on how coastal communities can adapt to future impacts of climate change.
2004 – 2009: PhD – Marine Ecology – British Antarctic Survey, University of Liverpool
K. L. Evans, N. A. James & K. J. Gaston (2006). Abundance, species richness and energy availability in the North American avifauna. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 15 (4) 372-385