This week we would like to introduce you to:
PhD Candidate, ANCORS, University of Wollongong
Pollution of the marine environment has been globally regulated for decades, yet the volumes of plastic waste entering the oceans has increased. Why has the international policy framework failed and can policy bring us closer to a circular economy for plastics?
Karen has conducted numerous underwater cleanups, leading her to enrol in a Masters of Environmental Management and moving on to complete a PhD thesis titled “Towards an Improved Framework to Prevent Marine Plastic Debris.” This research investigated the shortcomings of the international and regional policy framework in protecting the marine environment from plastic pollution. Areas for improvement were identified and a new global policy response outlined to begin shifting the burden of environmental harm onto the plastics supply chain.