Steve Barnard

Marine Policy Specialist, Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Studies (IECS)

Faculty of Science and Engineering

+44 (0) 1482 466717

Steve’s background is wide-ranging and covers more than 25 years' professional experience in both private sector environmental consulting groups (WRc plc and Golder Associates) and the public sector (Environment Agency Wales and the Net Gain Regional Marine Conservation Zones Project).

He has extensive knowledge and experience of aquatic environmental science and has successfully delivered a number of extensive literature review projects, including work on fisheries habitat modelling and the application of expert judgement to marine biodiversity assessments.



Research Interests

  • Marine planning
  • Marine protected areas
  • Development of decision support tools

Research groups

  • Led major projects to develop methods for the assessment of the robustness and ecological coherence of MPA networks (NI Marine Task Force), and to better understand data aggregation methods for supporting marine biodiversity status assessments (JNCC).
  • Developed a framework for assessing the sustainability of proposed developments in estuaries, e.g. new port developments, and contributed to the TIDE Estuarine Planning Support System.
  • More recently, delivered a key JNCC project to assess the relative importance of different pressures arising from human marine activities across UK waters.
  • Under the EU-funded DEVOTES project, developed a simple but flexible software tool that employs data derived from expert judgement to assess the potential impacts of human marine activities in European waters.
  • Until 2012, worked as the Stakeholder Manager for the highly successful Net Gain (North Sea) Regional MCZ Project, developing recommendations for MPAs within the North Sea and along the east coast of England.
  • Currently contributing to the EU-funded CERES project, where he is involved in stakeholder-led risk and solution mapping to examine the potential influence of climate change on fisheries and aquaculture.


SNOEIJS-LEIJONMALM, P., BARNARD, S., ELLIOTT, M., ANDRUSAITIS, A., KONONEN, K., & SIROLA, M. (2017) 'Towards better integration of environmental science in society: lessons from BONUS, the joint Baltic Sea environmental research and development programme'. Environmental Science and Policy, 78, 193–209.

ELLIOTT, M., SNOEIJS-LEIJONMALM, P. & BARNARD, S. (2017) ‘The dissemination diamond and paradoxes of science-to-science and science-to-policy communication: Lessons from large marine research programmes'. Marine Pollution Bulletin, DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.08.022.

BOYES, S.J., BARNARD, S. & ELLIOTT, M. (2016) The East Riding Coastline: Past, Present and Future. Prepared for East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) by the Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Studies (IECS), University of Hull.

SMITH, C.J., PAPADOPOULOU, K-N, BARNARD, S., MAZIK, K., ELLIOTT, M., PATRÍCIO, J., SOLAUN, O., LITTLE, S., BHATIA, N. & BORJA, A. (2016) 'Managing the marine environment, conceptual models and assessment considerations for the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive', Frontiers in Marine Science, 3:144. DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2016.00144.

LONSDALE, J.A., WESTON, K., BARNARD, S., BOYES, S. & ELLIOTT, M. (2015) 'Integrating management tools and concepts to develop an estuarine planning support system: A case study of the Humber Estuary, Eastern England'. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 100(1), 393-405.

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Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BSc Hons Applied Biology, University of Wales, Cardiff, Wales (1988)
  • Chartered Environmentalist (UK Society for the Environment)
  • Registered Member of the (UK) Institute of Fisheries Management