Alice Vadrot

© Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP), University of Cambridge

In the course of her ERC project "The Politics of Marine Biodiversity Data: Global and National Policies and Practices of Monitoring the Oceans" (MARIPOLDATA), political scientist Alice Vadrot will use negotiations for an agreement on high seas protection to investigate the interaction between power and science in international environmental policy. Despite existing scientific knowledge of the dramatic consequences that marine pollution, climate change and overfishing have on marine biodiversity, it was only in April this year that the international community agreed on developing a new treaty. In her project, Vadrot develops a new multiscale and interdisciplinary approach, allowing her to investigate the (geo-)political role of global and national research and data infrastructures and to rethink the interaction between science and politics in the digital age.