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Professor in Economics and Director of the Centre for Blue Governance, UNESCO Chair in Ocean Governance, University of Portsmouth

Prof. Failler is the director of the Centre for Blue Governance. He holds the Unesco Chair in Ocean Governance. He has coordinated complex research projects with multidisciplinary teams for more than 25 years in Europe, Africa, Asia, Caribbean, and Pacific coastal countries (more than 40 to date) in collaboration with national research institutions and universities and a close link with policy bodies. He has recently coordinated the Blue Economy Strategy for the African Union, the Regional Action Plan for the Blue Economy of the Indian Ocean Commission, the Blue Economy Strategy of the Intergovernmental Authority for Development as well as the Blue Economy Strategy for Bangladesh, Seychelles, Guinea, The Bahamas, Jamaica, Madagascar and Tanzania. He has authored and co-authored about 160 journal articles and 350 book chapters, research reports, consultancy reports, etc. He is also a scientific evaluator for several research councils in the UK, Europe, North America, Africa, and Asia.


  • –present
    Reader in Economics, University of Portsmouth


  • 2012 
    University of Portsmouth, PhD Economics