Julie Rostan

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PhD student

I am a marine social scientist with a natural science background and experience in marine environmental law and policies.

I am generally interested in understanding the societal patterns linked to the use of marine environment. More specifically, my work focuses on the social challenges for the development of industries at sea.

Contact details:
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Marine Bio-Energy: what does third generation marine biofuels mean for society?

There is an increasing scientific and industrial interest in improving the production of seaweeds that can potentially be used as a feedstock for biofuels. In the meantime, aquaculture and energy industries are subject to resistance regarding the scale of development or the use of certain technologies.

The objective of my project is to explore social challenges for the production of biofuels from farmed seaweed by exploring the context of existing marine activities and renewable energy technology. It also aims to develop a method to assess local focus points to characterize social license to operate for seaweed biofuels prior to the development at an industrial level.

For this purpose, I am using surveys and qualitative interviews with communities, marine industries and policy makers.



Dr Adam Hughes (Director of Studies)

Dr Suzi Billing

Dr John Doran, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Ireland



University of the Highlands and Islands



This project has been funded by the EU's INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). It is part of the Bryden Centre, which supports research into marine renewable energies with cooperation with industry.


Project period

Oct 2018 - Jan 2022


2018 MS Marine Environmental Law and Policies. University of Nice, Sophia Antipolis, France

2017 MSc Oceanography. University Pierre et Marie Curie, Sorbonne, France

2015 BSc (Hons) Biology. University of Nice, Sophia Antipolis, France