Sue Boyes

Sue Boyes

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

Faculty of Science and Engineering

+44 (0) 1482 466762

Sue Boyes is the Senior Marine Policy Researcher within the Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Studies (IECS), a multi-disciplinary research and consultancy organisation within the University of Hull.

She has extensive experience of European and UK environmental legislation, marine and estuarine management, and integrated coastal management.

Sue's early research started with monitoring and assessing physical changes in estuarine and coastal environments.

For the last 15 years, she has been working on aspects of marine governance, reviewing and assessing the implications of European and national marine environmental legislation for conservation agencies and industry bodies.



Research Interests

  • UK marine policy and legislation
  • Governance of marine and estuarine systems
  • Implementation of EU environmental directives and regional agreements
  • Coastal management
  • Evidence gathering to support marine management

Research groups

  • EU-funded FP7 DEVOTES Project
  • EU-funded FP7 VECTORS Project


Boyes, S.J. and Elliott, M. 2014. 'Marine Legislation – the ultimate ‘horrendogram’: International Law, European Directives and National Implementation'. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 86, pp. 39-47

Boyes, S.J. & Elliott M. 2016. 'Viewpoint: Brexit: The marine governance horrendogram just got more horrendous!', Marine Pollution Bulletin, 111: 41-44

Boyes, S.J., Elliott, M., Murillas, A., Papadopoulou, N. and Uyarra, M.C. 2016. 'Is existing legislation fit-for-purpose to achieve Good Environmental Status in European seas?', Marine Pollution Bulletin, 111: 18-32

Burdon, D., Boyes, S.J., Elliott, M., Smyth, K., Atkins, J.P., Barnes, R.A. and Wurzel, R.K., in press. 'Integrating natural and social marine science to manage sustainably vectors of change: Dogger Bank transnational case study'. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science (2015)

Boyes, S.J., Barnard, S. and Elliott, M. 2016. 'The East Riding Coastline – Past, Present and Future'. Prepared for the East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) by the Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Studies (IECS), University of Hull. Funded through the Defra Coastal Change Pathfinder project and the East Riding Coastal Change Pathfinder (ERCCP). Institute of Estuarine & Coastal Studies, University of Hull.

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Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • MSc.(distinction) Estuarine & Coastal Science and Management, University of Hull, 1997
  • BSc Hons Geography, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, 1996

Professional highlights

  • Awarded research funding from both the public and private sectors, published 14 scientific papers, three book chapters and more than 80 research reports since 1998