Blue Charter Fellows

The first round of ACU Blue Charter Fellowship scheme supported 38 fellows from 31 institutions in 12 countries to travel to an overseas ACU member institution, or other research institute, for a 2-3 month period of collaborative research focused on marine plastics.

Fellows conducted research in a wide range of topics connected to marine plastics, from sustainable design and developing alternatives to plastics, to the effects of plastics on marine life and contamination of the food chain, to waste management and behavioural change.

These fellowships were funded by the UK Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy.

Blue Charter fellows at City University

Cohort 1 Fellows

Dr Issahaku Adam, University of Cape Coast, Ghana
Research area: Behavioural change
Host: Dr Tony Walker at Dalhousie University, Canada

Steve Allen, University of Strathclyde, UK
Research area: Development and testing of low cost, environmental plastics pollution monitoring programme to quantify river plastic pollution entering the South African marine environment
Host: Dr Tony Ribbink, Sustainable Seas Trust, South Africa

Dr Gideon Bamigboye, Covenant University Nigeria
Research area: Developing floor tiles using recycled plastic bottles
Host: Professor Karnik Tarverdi, Brunel University London, UK

Dr Paul Olusegun Bankole, Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria
Research area: Microbes, bio-degradation, microplastic pollution in Lagos lagoon
Host: Professor Kirk Taylor Semple, Lancaster University, UK

James Beament, University of Bath, UK
Research area: Degradation, designing degradable plastics
Host: Professor Francesca Kerton and Dr Christopher Kozak at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

Maurice Beseng, Coventry University, UK
Research area: Ghost gear (fishing nets). Childhood experiences of farming and fishing. Planned workshop in Cameroonian coastal community location
Host: Dr Lotsmart Fonjong at University of Buea, Cameroon

Dr Joana Carlos Bezerra, Rhodes University, South Africa
Research area: Impact of plastic on marine life
Host: Tony Walker at Dalhousie University, Canada

Dr Ana Catarino, Heriot-Watt University, UK
Research area: Digestive systems of fish: ingestation
Host: Dr Stephen Summers at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Dr Emmanuel Chukwuma, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka Nigeria
Research area: Land-based plastic leakage into ocean, GIS environmental engineer
Host: Professor Abdul Rashid Mohamed Shariff at Universiti Putra Malaysia

Dr Caula (Andrea) Clayton, Caribbean Maritime University, Jamaica
Research area: Cruise tourism, minimising impact, research capacity at CMU
Host: Dr Tony Walker at Dalhousie University, Canada

Dr Omotola Dada, Elizade University, Nigeria
Research area: biodegradation of bioplastics
Host: Dr Sudhakar Muniyasamy at Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Port Elizabeth 6001, South Africa

Dr Emeka Dumbili, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria
Research area: media communication - behavioural change lack of awareness of recycling & waste disposal in Nigerian students
Host: Dr Lesley Henderson at Brunel University London, UK

Dr Eman ElSayed, University of Guelph, Canada
Research area: tracking plastics from land to sea
Host: Professor Andy Cundy at University of Southampton, UK

Omowunmi Fred-Ahmadu, Covenant University, Nigeria
Research area: Microplastics, plankton. Community outreach - women & children in coastal communities
Host: Dr Thava Palanisami at University of Newcastle, Australia

Megan Grant, University of Tasmania, Australia
Research area: Seabirds, plastic debris in nests
Host: Elizabeth Masden at University of Highlands and Islands, UK

Oladimeji Ayo Iwalaye, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Research area: Microplastics, sediments, beaches citizen science methods of microplastics monitoring
Host: Dr Max Liboiron at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

Dr Nigel Jalsa, University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago
Research area: Degradation of marine-exposed polymers
Host: Professor Francesca Kerton at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

Parul Johar, University of York, UK
Research area: green chemistry
Host: Professor Amanda Ellis at University of Melbourne, Australia

Liberty Lawson, University of Sydney, Australia; Global Oceans Ambassador for Australian NGO - Positive Change for Marine Life
Research area: media communication - behavioural change
Host: Dr Sabine Pahl at University of Plymouth, UK

Refilwe Mofokeng, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Research area: toxicity of microplastics; behaviour change e.g. beach clean ups, changing attitudes to plastic pollution
Host: Dr Holly Nel at University of Birmingham, UK

Dr Trishan Naidoo, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Research area: Microplastics – fish ingestion
Host: Professor Richard Thompson at University of Plymouth, UK

Dr Oriyomi Modupe Okeyinka, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Research area: Reusing plastic waste to create low-cost paving tiles
Host: Dr David A. Oloke at University of Wolverhampton, UK

Niyi Olaiya, Federal University of Technology Akure, Nigeria
Research area: green chemistry, sustainable packaging
Host: Professor Ester T. Akinlabi at University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Dr Martins O. Omorogie, Redeemer's University, Ede, Nigeria
Research area: solar catalysts to degrade microplastics
Host: Professor Moritz F. Kuehnel at Swansea University UK

Dr Olayinka Osuolale, Elizade University, Nigeria
Research area: education and behavioural change, planned student exchange, behavioural change in students
Host: Dr Daniel Shilla at University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Professor Rupika Rajakaruna, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
Research area: sea turtles awareness workshops for sea turtle hatchery keepers
Host: Dr Lesley Henderson at Brunel University London, UK

Nethaji Subash Chandra Bose Raju, University of Newcastle, Australia
Research area: wastewater treatment plants, microfibres
Host: Professor Richard Thompson at University of Plymouth, UK

Isabell Richter, University of Plymouth, UK
Research area: tourism, behavioural change
Host: Professor Hong Ching Goh at University of Malaya Malaysia

Rajkumar Sahoo, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
Research area: tourism, behavioural change workshop; reducing single use plastics
Host: Professor Wouter Poortinga at Cardiff University, UK

Dr Dativa Joseph Shilla, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Research area: mapping plastic routes from land to sea
Host: Professor Mohammad Shoeb at University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Thikshani Somarathna, University of Sri Jayawardhanapura, Sri Lanka
Research area: biodegradable rice bran plates and edible cutlery
Host: Dr Sharon George at Keele University, UK

Dr Elyse Stanes, University of Wollongong, Australia
Research area: synthetic fibres from clothing leeching into oceans; behavioural change – planned podcast series, exhibition & toolkit
Host: Dr Deirdre McKay at Keele University and University of Exeter, UK

Rufino Varea University of the South Pacific, Fiji
Research area: microplastics, organisms; lack of current knowledge on microplastics in marine invertebrate in Pacific
Host: Professor Bronwyn Gillanders at University of Adelaide, Australia

Dr Scott Wilson, Macquarie University, Australia
Research area: toxicity of microplastics - Asia-Pacific
Host: Dr Serena Teo at National University of Singapore, Singapore

Nina Wootton, University of Adelaide, Australia
Microplastics in the food chain; focus on science communication
Host: Research area: Dr Marta Ferreira at the University of the South Pacific, Fiji

Lei Xiaoyu, Keele University, UK
Research area: behavioural change, art; Planned e-conference, 'Play with plastics' outreach event at Keele
Host: Dr Trisia Farrelly at Massey University, New Zealand

Dr Sheng Yang, McGill University, Canada
Research area: plastic waste management in advanced manufacturing; reducing waste in 3D printing
Host: Dr Geoff Rodgers at Brunel University London, UK

Yi Zhang, McGill University, Canada
Research area: edible packaging; biodegradable packages using edible films from fish gelatin
Host: Professor William Otoo Ellis at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Ghana