Scott Bremer

Scott Bremer Massey University

Scott Bremer’s professional and academic background is broadly in environmental governance. He completed a Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning with Honours at Massey University in 2003, before embarking on a short four-year career as a planner in New Zealand local government.

While working at Hawke’s Bay Regional Council Scott became increasingly involved with coastal management, which inspired him in 2007 to return to academia and undertake a PhD within the field of ‘Integrated Coastal Management.’ More specifically, the PhD explored questions of how we mobilise knowledge in support of decision-making for the coast, across the so-called ‘science-policy interface’. In this way, the research drew on emerging approaches in the philosophy of science and explored how they could be reconciled within a framework of coastal management. The thesis was defended in 2012, with the title, “Exploring a ‘post-normal’ science-policy interface for Integrated Coastal Management”. The doctoral research was split between Massey University and the University of Versailles-Saint Quentin in France, permitting interesting comparisons of coastal management in Europe and New Zealand. In this way the PhD was co-funded by SYLFF, and the Eiffel Scholarship. 

Since completing his PhD, Scott has found work as a researcher at the University of Bergen, in Norway, where he has broadened his research from questions of knowledge to questions of values and ethics. This saw Scott engaged in two European Commission-funded projects exploring sustainable and ethical aquaculture development and trade, principally focussed on practices in Bangladesh, India, China, Thailand and Vietnam. More recently, Scott has assumed a project management role in the Norwegian Research Council-funded TRACKS project, mobilising climate knowledge in support of adaptation in northeast Bangladesh.

Scott can be contacted via his University of Bergen profile.

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