Faculty and Staff

Peter Mackelworth, PhD

Peter Mackelworth, PhD

Center Director
PhD, Department of Geography
University College London, UK
Master of Science, Marine Resource Development & Protection
Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK
Bachelor of Science Environmental Science
BSc (Honours), Environmental Science, Wolverhampton Polytechnic, UK
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Faculty Profile

Peter Mackelworth is a geographer and conservation biologist with expertise in the development of marine conservation policies and sustainable development in small island environments. He completed his PhD at University College London in 2007 focusing on marine conservation in Croatia. Shortly after completing his PhD, Peter was invited to guest lecture for a semester at Bowdoin College, Maine. He teaches Human Dimensions of Conservation and Marine Protected Areas modules on the Masters course of Conservation at the University of Primorska, Slovenia. His current research projects cover two main fields. The first is looking at the development of marine conservation within Croatia, specifically the application of the international conventions and agreements. The second field is broader, looking at the development of transboundary marine conservation in the Adriatic, Mediterranean and globally. He has worked for the Croatian NGO Blue World Institute since its inception in 2000, and currently serves as the Conservation Director, cooperating with research groups and organizations throughout the Mediterranean and further afield.

Academics & Research

Research Interests

Development of marine conservation within Croatia and the development of transboundary marine conservation in the Adriatic, Mediterranean and globally.

Professional Activities

Member of the Society for Conservation Biology and Social Science Working Group

Member of the University College London Environment and Society Research Unit

Expert for ACCOBAMS

Member of the International Association for the Study of the Commons

Advisor to the Mediterranean Science Commission



Lessons from bright-spots for advancing knowledge exchange at the interface of marine science and policy.

Karcher, D.B., Cvitanovic, C., van Putten, I.E., Colvin, R.M., Armitage, D., Aswani, S., Ballesteros, M., Ban, N.C., Barragán-Paladines, M.J., Bednarek, A., Mackelworth, P.C. and Bell, J.D., 2022. Journal of Environmental Management, 314, p.114994.

Twelve recommendations for advancing marine conservation in European and contiguous seas.

Katsanevakis, S., Coll, M., Fraschetti, S., Giakoumi, S., Goldsborough, D., Mačić, V., Mackelworth, P., Rilov, G., Stelzenmüller, V., Albano, P.G. and Bates, A.E., 2020. Frontiers in Marine Science, 7, p.879. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2020.565968

Geopolitics and Marine Conservation: Synergies and Conflicts.

Mackelworth, P., Teff-Seker, Y., Vega-Fernandez, T., Marques, M., Alves, F., D’Anna, G., Fa, D., Goldsborough, D., Kyriazi, Z., Pita, C., Portman, M., Rumes, B., Warr, S. & Holcer, D. (2020). Frontiers in Marine Science, Marine Affairs and Policy. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2019.00759

Revisiting “success” and “failure” of marine prot ected areas: a conservation scientist perspective.

McGowan, J., Mills, M., Beger, M., Bustamante, R., Charles, A., Christie, P., Fox, M., Garcia Borboroglu, P., Gelcich, S., Guidetti, P., Mackelworth, P., Maina, J., McCook, L., Micheli, F., Morgan, L., Mumby, P., Marina Reyes, L., White, A., Grorud-Colvert, K. & Possingham, H. (2018). Frontiers in Marine Science. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2018.00223

Addressing transboundary conservation challenges through marine spatial prioritization.

Gissi, E; McGowan, J; Venier, C; Di Carlo, D; Musco, F; Menegon, S; Mackelworth, P; Agardy, T; Possingham, H (2018). Conservation Biology. https://doi.org/10.1111/cobi.13134

A risk-based approach to cumulative effect assessments for marine management.

Stelzenmüller, V., Coll, M., Mazaris, A., Giakoumi, S., Katsanevakis, S., Portman, M., Degen, R., Mackelworth, P., Gimpel, A., Albano, P., Almpanidou, V., Claudet, J., Essl, F., Evagelopoulos, T., Heymans, J., Genov, T., Kark, S., Micheli, F., Pennino, M., Rilov, G., Rumes, B., Steenbeek, J., Ojaveer, H. (2018).Science of the Total Environment. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.08.289

Marine Transboundary Conservation and Protected Areas.

Mackelworth, P., ed., (2016) Routledge, London and New York. Pp.314. ISBN: 978-1-13-885113-9. https://www.routledge.com/Marine-Transboundary-Conservation-and-ProtectedAreas/Mackelworth/p/book/9781138851139

Peace parks and transboundary initiatives: implications for marine conservation and spatial planning.

Mackelworth, P. (2012). Conservation Letters 5: 90-98. Doi: 10.1111/j.1755-263X.2012.00223.x; http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1755-263X.2012.00223.x/abstract


Marine Policy and Governance: Total approximately €2M
Ecosystem Based Monitoring: Total approximately €5.5M
Transboundary Species Conservation: Total approximately €12.7M
Capacity Building: Total approximately €2.1M