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Dr Christina Kelly is a Research Fellow in the School of Natural and Built Environment at Queen’s University Belfast. Christina is currently working on the EU- and UKRI-funded PERMAGOV project and EPA-and Marine Institute-funded 'Sustainable and Holistic management of Irish Ports' (SHIP) project. Prior to these, Christina worked on the Interreg funded ‘Maritime, Ocean Sector and Ecosystem Sustainability' (MOSES) project. These projects involve developing best practice in marine governance, ports and shipping, coastal transition management, marine and coastal planning and stakeholder participation. Christina has a BSc in Environmental Planning, MSc in Environmental Systems and a PhD in Environmental Planning. Her doctoral research (2017) funded by the Irish EPA and Irish Government, investigated the integrated management of Irish estuaries and coasts and the development of a coastal transition pathway towards sustainability. In addition to her research experience, Christina worked as a Marine Spatial Planner in Scotland and as a Planning Consultant in Ireland and has 10 years professional experience. Her research has been published in leading international, peer-reviewed journals and she has presented her work at numerous national and international conferences and participates in an international coastal transitions research network.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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