Co-creating evidence-based business roadmaps and policy solutions for enhancing coastal-rural collaboration and synergies

Scientific Advisory Board

The purpose of the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) is to allow the channelling of ideas to services responding to the general public´s interest, provide feedback on the project design and progress, and ensure resources are allocated appropriately.

The SAB should also enable the channelling of deliverables and milestones to durable services responding to the general interests of the intended target groups and appropriate allocation of the available resources to the creation and maintenance of these services. The required expertise in the Advisory Board is based on the concept of COASTAL and the adopted multi-actor approach. It will consist of a ‘triplehelix’ representation of the coastal and rural businesses, administrations, and research institutes.

In a later phase of the project the tasks of the SAB will also include:

  • assisting to ensure the link between the corresponding stakeholders and the COASTAL project deliverables and results (supporting dissemination);
  • advise on the business analysis, identification of business opportunities and barriers for the COASTAL enabling methodology and services;
  • advise on dissemination activities/material of project results, aimed at relevant stakeholders, incl. policy makers and other EU projects;
  • supporting the dissemination of results and impacts of COASTAL to the stakeholder groups they represent and/or are linked to.


Prof. dr. Alexey Voinov is a Distinguished Professor, School of Information, Systems and Modelling at the University of Technology of Sydney (UTS). He is also Director of the PERSWADE Centre on Persuasive Systems for Wise Adaptive Living. Before joining the School of Information, Systems and Modeling and leading the Center on Persuasive Systems for Wise Adaptive Living (PERSWADE) at the Faculty of Engineering and IT, Alexey was professor of Spatio-Temporal Systems Modeling for Sustainability Science at ITC, University of Twente in the Netherlands. Prior to that he was coordinating the Chesapeake Research Consortium Community Modeling Program, and was also Principal Research Scientist at John's Hopkins University, USA. His research interests evolve around spatial dynamic modelling of socioenvironmental systems and sustainability science in application to decision support and policy making, including integrated and participatory modelling. Prof. Voinov is a keen advocate of stakeholder involvement in modelling and decision making. 

Dr. Nataşa Vaidianu (University of Bucharest) – Senior Researcher at the University of Bucharest (Dept. of Geography) and Associate Professor at the Ovidius University (Constanta). Dr. Vaidianu is an expert in land-sea interaction, coastal and marine management, marine spatial planning, integrated coastal zone management, and blue growth. She authored and co-authored numerous articles on adaptive management, marine policy, and stakeholder engagement, including the use of fuzzy cognitive mapping to support stakeholder engagements. Dr. Vaidianu is a member of several marine and coastal research networks (Marine Spatial Planning Network, OceanGov, MedCoast, IMBER, EUCC) and co-leader of the Land-Sea Interaction Working Group within the OceanGov Cost Action.