Jens Christiansen

Lancaster University


Jens is a transdisciplinary social scientist and PhD Student at Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC). More specifically, his postgraduate studies and academic interests have mainly been focused on the political economy of natural resources and development as well as economic history. Jens’ current PhD research is supervised by Christina Hicks and Patrick Bigger at LEC who provide expertise on fisheries governance, biodiversity conservation and environmental finance.

Research Interests

Drawing on concepts from political economy and science and technology studies, Jens’ research interrogates the ideas, institutions and networks that underpin fisheries management and biodiversity finance. His PhD research seeks to understand the drivers of the Blue Economy and how financial innovation in the Blue Economy aims at realising the triple bottom line: social, economic and environmental sustainability. He has formerly been engaged with research on fisheries management and labour markets in Nordic fisheries, which compared experiences in the Nordic countries and highlighted how market-based governance has changed Nordic fisheries.

Other Profiles

Selected Publications

  • Christiansen J, Schutter M (2019) Riding the waves of the Blue Economy: Implications for impact investors. The Journal of Environmental Investing 9: 34-43
  • Høst J, Christiansen J (2018) Nordic fisheries in transition – future challenges to management and recruitment. Copenhagen: Nordisk Ministerråd.