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Dr. Maria Pafi

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Maria Pafi is a PhD graduate in the Department of Planning of the School of Natural and Built Environment (SNBE) at Queen’s University Belfast and a Cullen Fellow of the Marine Institute (Ireland). Maria is also a grantee of the Landscape Research Group 2018 Award “Borders, Boundaries and Landscape Justice”. She holds a MSc degree (1st class) in Applied Geogrpahy and Spatial Planning (specialised in Geoinformatics) from Harokopio University of Athens, Greece (2015) and a BSc (Hons) in Urban Planning and Regional Development from the University of Thessaly, Greece (2013). She has also worked at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission as a trainee (2016). Maria's current research focuses on public perspectives of coastal landscapes and pressures from blue growth and tourism.


'The future of coastal landscapes: Perceptions and conflicts on the west coast of Ireland' (a.k.a. the CLIP project)

Maria’s PhD study investigated the nature of coastal change by focusing on coastal landscapes, seascapes and pressures driven by Blue Growth. Combining concepts from cultural and economic geography and key debates from the literature of tourism, this study aimed to enhance knowledge about the production and consumption of coastal landscapes and provide new ways for understanding contestation and conflict at coastal and marine spaces.



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