Rachel Kelly

Stipendiat / Gastwissenschaftler

Deutsches Zentrum für integrative Biodiversitätsforschung (iDiv)

Deutscher Platz 5e
04103 Leipzig

Rachel Kelly

  • Social licence in the marine realm
  • Ocean sustainability
  • Marine citizen science

  • Current project at iDiv (with Aletta Bonn) - ‘Social licence for marine protection and management through Marine Citizen Science in the European
  • 2016 - PhD at the Centre for Marine Socioecology, Tasmania: ‘Social Licence in the Marine Realm’


since 2015/2016

Marine biologist at Soneva Fushi Resort, The Maldives


Intern at NOAA’s National Marine Protected Areas Centre, Monterey, California


Scientific diver - BioDivMex Mediterranean research programme, Malta


Contracted to revise the marine Special Areas of Conservation (SACs)



University of Tasmania, Australia. PhD Candidature researching ‘Social licence in the Marine Realm: Improving community knowledge and engagement in local marine industries using citizen science’.

2013 - 2015

Erasmus Mundus International Masters of Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (Great Distinction- 82%)
o 2013-2014: University of Algarve, Portugal
o 2014: Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France.
o 2015: NOAA’s Marine Protected Areas Centre, California, USA.


National University of Ireland, Galway. Honours BSc. degree in Marine Science (2:1 – 67%)

  • Book review: ‘Perspectives on oceans past: A handbook of marine environmental history’ - Kathleen Schwerdtner Máñez & Bo Poulsen (Eds). Kelly, R, Cottrell, R.S., Mackay, M., Rousseau, Y. Rev Fish Biol Fisheries (2017) 27:285-286 DOI 10.1007/s11160-016-9462-x
  • Social licence: A role to enhance marine conservation and management Lead author; co-authors Asoc. Prof. Gretta Pecl and Dr. Aysha Fleming (under review)
  • ‘Progress in integrating natural and social science in marine Ecosystem Based Management research’. Co-author; Dr. Karen Alexander, lead (under review).

(For full publication record go to external profiles )