Katriona McGlade is a Fellow and Coordinator for International Development at Ecologic Institute. Since joining the Institute in 2010, her work has focused on governance and policy in the marine and coastal environment as well as international development and climate change adaptation. Her specific interests include the interactions and trade-offs between sectoral policies, the impact of EU policies beyond European borders and the use of participatory processes to produce legitimate and equitable policy outcomes. Katriona is a native English speaker and is fluent in German, Spanish, French and Catalan. She has a basic knowledge of Italian, Arabic and Japanese.
Currently, Katriona is working on a number of projects focused on land-sea interactions in coastal zones. This includes contributions to the coordination and promotion of EU Policies for Integrated Coastal Management and Maritime Spatial Planning for the European Commission Directorate General for Environment, the four-year European research project Resilience-Increasing Strategies for Coasts – toolKIT (RISC-KIT) and the Baltic research project Reducing Nutrient Loadings from Agricultural Soils to the Baltic Sea via Groundwater and Streams (Soils-2-Sea).
Katriona has contributed to a number of projects focused on international cooperation in marine governance including, for example, Policy-orientated marine Environmental Research for the Southern European Seas (PERSEUS), work on marine resource use and livelihoods in the Atlantic Future project, and Cooperation across the Atlantic for Marine Governance Integration (CALAMAR).
Katriona's work at Ecologic Institute also addresses international development and environmental policy beyond Europe's borders. This has included contributions to the European Parliament's Development Committee (DEVE) and Eurostat's monitoring of global partnership in the context of the EU Sustainable Development Strategy. Katriona has a strong interest in the equitable management of natural resources in developing countries and has conducted studies on access and benefit sharing of genetic resources, intellectual property rights and poverty reduction, as well as biodiversity and wellbeing. Katriona was also engaged in the three-year European research project Climate Change, Hydro-conflicts and Human Security (CLICO) in the Mediterranean, Middle East and Sahel region. She has since written and edited two books focusing on human security in Morocco and Spain.
In addition to her research activities, Katriona is actively involved in the design and communication of Ecologic Institute's research results. She coordinates the transfer of knowledge and dissemination of research results in the four-year research project Bottom-up Climate Adaptation Strategies towards a Sustainable Europe (BASE) under the European Commission's 7th Framework Programme (FP7). Katriona has also contributed to the development of policy briefs, web-based tool kits and guides, including a video presentation of Ecologic Institute. Katriona has considerable teaching and moderation experience, in particular with young people and also teaches visiting students from Mexico at the ITESM Summer School on Environment and Sustainability.
Katriona has worked and studied in a number of European and Latin American countries. She holds a Master of Science (MSc) in International Development from the University of Birmingham (UK) where she focused on sustainable development, conflict and disaster management. Her Masters dissertation focused on the evaluation and sustainability of youth-led international development programmes in Chile and Latin America. She has studied and carried out research work in several European and Latin American countries and also has a Bachelors Degree (BA Hons) in Hispanic and Latin American Studies from Bristol University (UK). Katriona was awarded the Cervantes Prize and the 50th Anniversary Commemorative Prize, both for outstanding achievement in her field.