Ben Boteler

Ben Boteler

Scientific Project Leader

Ben Boteler began working in the Ocean Governance Team in January 2018. He is conducting research in an effort to advance and strengthen regional ocean governance for the high seas (areas beyond national jurisdiction) in the South East Atlantic and South East Pacific as well as globally. In particular, his focus is on the socioeconomic uses and benefits obtained from the marine environment. He is the co-lead of the STRONG High Seas project (Strengthening Regional Ocean Governance for the High Seas), a project that facilitates the development of comprehensive, cross-sectoral approaches to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in the high seas.

Prior to joining IASS he was a Senior Fellow at Ecologic Institute in Berlin, Germany where he focused on European marine socioeconomics and policy. He has an MA in political science and economics from Philipps University in Marburg, Germany and an MA in visual and media anthropology from the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

  • 2018 - present Co-Lead, STRONG High Seas at IASS, Potsdam (DE)
  • 2016 - 2018 MA visual and media anthropology, Berlin (DE)
  • 2010 - 2018 Senior Fellow, Ecologic Institute, Berlin (DE)
  • 2007 - 2010 MA political science and economics, Marburg (DE)
  • 2006 - DSH level 2 certification, German as a scientific language, Marburg (DE)
  • Regional and Global Ocean Governance
  • Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction
  • Marine Socioeconomics (Blue Economy)
  • Marine Policy
  • Stakeholder Engagement and Participation

Publications at the IASS

Publications prior to joining the IASS

  • Garmendia, M., Sauzade, D., Beaumont, N., Boteler, B., Pascual, M., Boudine, T., Breil, M., Furlan, E., Kontogianni, A., Krüger, I., Le Tellier, J., Gileva, E., March, D., Roeleveld, G., Ronco, P., Shivarov, A., Skourtos, M., Markandya A. (2017): The Adaptive Marine Policy (AMP) toolbox: Supporting policy-makers developing adaptive policies in the Mediterranean and Black Sea in: Marine Policy Vol 84 (2017) 99-109.
  • Boteler, B. Smith, L, Bodle, R. and Donat, L. (2017): The UN Ocean Conference - June 2017, Guidance to the ENVI Committee of the European Parliament. European Parliament: Brussels
  • Kraemer, R. Andreas et. al. (2017): Sustainable Ocean Economy, Innovation and Growth: A G20 Initiative for the 7th Largest Economy in the World.
  • EEA (2016): "Seafood in Europe: A food system approach for sustainability'. EEA Report No 25/2016.
  • AQUACROSS (2016): "Managing aquatic biodiversity: from local to global - an EU perspective", Policy Brief. European Union's Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation grant agreement No. 642317.
  • Ytreberg, E., Granhag, L., Boteler, B., Tröltzsch, J., Hasenheit, M., Lago, M., Roth, E., and Tien Nguyen, T. (2016): "Report on analytical framework for assessment of shipping and harbours in the Baltic Sea". Report as part of the BONUS project SHEBA (Sustainable Shipping and Environment of the Baltic Sea Region) Call 2014-41.
  • EEA (2015): "State of Europe's Seas". EEA Report No 2/2015.
  • Boteler, B., Abhold, K., Oosterhuis, F., Fernandez, P., Hadzhiyska, D., Pavlova, D. and Veiga, J.M., (2015): "Best Practice Examples of Existing Economic Policy Instruments and Potential New Economic Policy Instruments to Reduce Marine Litter and Eliminate Barriers to GES." Policy Brief as part of the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) project CleanSea (New Tools and Policy Options to Improve the Management of Marine Litter).
  • Boteler, B., Tröltzsch, J., Abhold, K., Lago, M., Nguyen, T.T., Roth, E., Fridell, E., Winnes, H., Ytreberg, E., Quante, M., Matthias, V., Jalkanen, J-P., Johansson, L., Piotrow, J., Kowalczyk, U., Vahter, K. and Raudsepp, U., (2015): "Drivers for the Shipping Sector." Report as part of the BONUS project SHEBA (Sustainable Shipping and Environment of the Baltic Sea Region).
  • Maialen, G., et al. 2014, "A new Adaptive Marine Policy Toolbox to support Ecosystem - Based Approach to management", BC3 Policy Briefing Series ,05, 2014. Bilbao: Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3).
  • Boteler, B. (2014): "Coastal Zones: Achieving Sustainable Management". Science for Environment Policy, Vol. December 2014, No. 46.
  • Tedsen, E., Boteler, B., McGlade, K., Srebotnjak, T. and Abhold, K. (2014): "Marine resource management and coastal livelihoods: an Atlantic perspective". ATLANTIC FUTURE scientific paper, Vol. 15, 66.
  • EEA (2014): Marine Messages, Our seas, our future - moving towards a new understanding. EEA Brochure No 1 / 2014.
  • OSPAR Commission (2013): Strategic Support for the OSPAR Regional Economic and Social Analysis,
  • EEA (2013): Balancing the future of Europe's Coasts - knowledge base for integrated management. European Environment Agency. EEA Report | No 12/2013. ISSN 1725-9177
  • 2014 - 2017 Marine Spatial Panning in Europe, Visiting lecturer at Duke in Berlin Program.