Mariska is one of the three PhDs in a project referred to as ‘Supermarket supported area-based management and certification of aquaculture in Southeast Asia’ (SUPERSEAS). Her focus within the project will be on identifying principles and governance frameworks for effective area-based management for aquaculture. She will conduct fieldwork in Thailand, Bangladesh and Vietnam.
Mariska has a particular interest in the sustainable development, governance and management of tropical coasts. After obtaining a Bachelor in Business Administration focused on the tourism industry, she completed the Master in Environmental Sciences at Wageningen University. For her thesis she researched the potential role of entrepreneurs in marine conservation in Indonesia.
After university Mariska worked at the World Wide Fund for Nature The Netherlands for 3,5 years where she worked on strategy and programme development in coastal and marine projects in the Caribbean and South America. More recently Mariska worked at Arcadis as a policy and governance consultant, where she worked on Dutch and international projects in the area of water policy and governance, marine spatial planning and climate change adaptation.
Through her PhD Mariska hopes to specialize her knowledge of coastal governance, in the context of sustainable aquaculture development in South East Asia. She will be supervised by Simon Bush and Peter Oosterveer.