Elizabeth De Santo received her Ph.D. in Geography (co-supervised in Laws) from University College London. Her teaching and research are in the area of environmental governance, focusing on (1) the conservation and management of marine species and habitats, and (2) improving the science-policy interface in environmental decision-making. She is particularly interested in the challenges of effectively implementing Marine Protected Areas and biodiversity conservation worldwide.
Prior to joining F&M, she taught at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada, in the College of Sustainability and Marine Affairs Program. She has also held positions with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the World Environment Center, consultancies with the Office of the Auditor General of Canada and the Institute for European Environmental Policy, and she she is a member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law.
Ph.D. 2008, University College London (UCL), Geography (co-supervised in Laws)
M.Sc. 2002, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), History of International Relations
M.E.M. 1999, Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment
B.A. 1995, Connecticut College (major: Zoology, minor: Anthropology)
Environmental law, policy and politics
Marine protected areas
De Santo, E.M. (forthcoming 2014) The Marine Strategy Directive as a catalyst for Maritime Spatial Planning: internal dimensions and institutional tensions. Chapter 8 in: Gilek, M. and Kern, K. (eds.). Governing Europe's Marine Environment: Europeanization of Regional Seas or Regionalization of EU Policies? Ashgate.
De Santo, E.M. (2013) Missing marine protected area targets: how the push for quantity over quality undermines sustainability and social justice. Journal of Environmental Management 124: 137-146.
De Santo, E.M., Jones, P.J.S., Qiu, W., and Clifton, J. (Eds.), (2013) Special issue of Marine Policy : “Governing Marine Protected Areas: towards socio-ecological resilience through institutional and biological diversity” containing sixteen case study analyses and the following authored/co-authored articles:
Schnurr, M.A., De Santo, E.M., and Craig, R. (2012) Using a blended learning approach to simulate the negotiation of a Multi-lateral Environmental Agreement. International Studies Perspectives 14(2): 109-120.
De Santo, E.M. (2012) Implications of the 10th Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity for coastal management and marine protected areas. Ocean Yearbook 26: 249-263.
De Santo, E.M. (2012) From paper parks to private conservation: the role of NGOs in adapting marine protected area strategies to climate change. Journal of International Wildlife Law and Policy 15: 25-40.
Hinch, P., and De Santo, E.M. (2011) Factors to consider in evaluating the management and conservation effectiveness of a whale sanctuary to conserve the North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis). Marine Policy 35(2): 163-180.
De Santo, E.M., Jones, P.J.S., and Miller, A. (2011) Fortress conservation at sea: a commentary on the Chagos marine protected area. Marine Policy 35(2): 258-260.
De Santo, E.M. (2011) Environmental justice implications of Maritime Spatial Planning in the European Union. Marine Policy 35(1): 34-38.
De Santo, E.M. (2010) “Whose science?” Precaution and power play in European environmental decision-making. Marine Policy 34(3): 414-420.
De Santo, E.M., and Jones, P.J.S. (2007) Offshore marine conservation in the North East Atlantic: emerging challenges and opportunities. Marine Policy 31(3): 336-347.
De Santo, E.M., and Jones, P.J.S. (2007) The Darwin Mounds: from undiscovered coral to the emergence of an offshore marine protected area regime. Pages 147-156 in George, R.Y. and Cains, S.D. (eds.) 2007. Conservation and adaptive management of seamount and deep sea coral ecosystems. Bulletin of Marine Science Volume 81 Supplement 1, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Copy of paper.
ENV/STS 117 - The Environment and Human Values
ENV 216 - Environmental Policy
ENV/GOV/PUB 320 - International Environmental Law