Benjamin Boteler is a Fellow at Ecologic Institute and researches marine and coastal socioeconomics, marine policies, and climate change adaptation in coastal zones. He focuses on the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) and ecosystem based management as well as Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) and Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM). He is a native English speaker, is fluent in German, and has a working knowledge of Spanish.
As part of his work at Ecologic Institute, Benjamin Boteler is a member of the European Topic Centre on Inland Coastal and Marine waters (ETC-ICM), which supports the European Environment Agency (EEA) in its research and assessment of European waters. Within the ETC-ICM, Benjamin currently leads a research task on maritime activities, analyzing key socio-economic drivers and trends in European seas and coasts. In addition to his activities with the EEA, he is working on several research projects within the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Union (EU). In the Policy-Oriented Marine Environmental Research in the Southern European Seas (PERSEUS) project he is analyzing socioeconomic activities in the Mediterranean and Black seas and coordinating a study assessing the legal and institutional framework within these regions.
Benjamin is also researching socioeconomic drivers of and barriers to marine litter, and to that end he is coordinating research on market-based instruments to address the marine litter problem in the FP7 project Towards a Clean-Litter Free European Marine Environment through Scientific Evidence Innovative Tools and Good Governance (CleanSea). In the project Bottom-Up Climate Adaptation Strategies for a Sustainable Europe (BASE) he is researching adaptation to climate change in coastal regions. Finally, for the OSPAR Commission he is assessing maritime and coastal activities in the North Atlantic region in the project Strategic Support for the OSPAR Regional Social and Economic Analysis.
Prior to coming to Ecologic Institute, Benjamin Boteler studied European Integration and Globalization at Philipps-Universität Marburg (Germany). He holds a Bachelor's in Marketing and International Studies from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University Bloomington (USA). During his studies he interned for the Australian Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (DCCEE) in Canberra (Australia).