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Lucy has over 16 years of experience in the planning and management of marine activities in the public sector, commercial consultancy and academia. From 2007-2012 Lucy worked in the Marine Advice Team at the Joint Nature Conservation Committee(JNCC), providing statutory advice to UK Government departments on marine policy, strategic planning and licensing of marine activities (SEA, EIA, HRA) including offshore wind, oil and gas and aggregates.
Lucy was secretariat for the Marine Industries Working Group for Renewables, co-ordinating an inter-agency team in identifying consenting risks and developing best practice for offshore wind, wave and tidal projects across the UK.
In 2012, Lucy joined the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), firstly as Renewable Energy Services Manager working with scientists to develop cutting edge services for the wave, tidal and wind industries. She subsequently held an academic position as a Research Fellow in Marine Governance, developing and delivering interdisciplinary research for marine governance and the Blue Economy. While at SAMS, Lucy established and was the Convener of the Marine Planning and Governance Forum at MASTS (Marine Alliance for Science and Technology in Scotland) from 2013 – 2018, facilitating engagement between academics, Scottish Government, stakeholders and planning authorities to develop knowledge and capacity for implementation of marine spatial planning.
In her PhD Lucy analysed marine governance in Scotland to understand enablers and barriers to adaptive, participatory and learning-based modes of governance within existing hierarchical regimes. This included in-depth analysis of the partnership-led Regional Marine Planning process in the Clyde and Shetland and highlighted key tensions between flexibility and stability in governance, including legislative, cognitive and institutional aspects which both support and constrain adaptive management. She is interested in promoting innovation in marine governance by integrating local, collaborative models with wider processes of policy, planning and management.