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David Johnson

Emeritus Professor David Johnson


School of Maritime Science and Engineering


Emeritus professor of coastal management.

David Johnson is a director of Seascape Consultants Ltd, an international consultancy specialising in offshore and marine sustainable solutions for environmental management and development. He is emeritus professor of coastal management at Southampton Solent University. 

After time as a Royal Navy Officer, countryside conservation trainer and an ecological consultant, he became a full-time academic in 1992 and in 2006, he left to become the executive secretary to the OSPAR Commission in 2006. He is a chartered geographer and promoted geography within higher education through lecturing, course design and as a subject review specialist for the Quality Assurance Agency. He is currently also a visiting professor at the World Maritime University in Sweden.

Links with professional bodies and maritime organisations reflect the multi-disciplinary nature of coastal management. David is currently a professional reviewer for the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management and for several years was a maritime adviser to WWF. In 2002 David held a caird fellowship at the National Maritime Museum.

David publishes widely and presents regularly at both national and international conferences. Projects have taken him to coastal locations throughout Europe, California, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Canada and Singapore. Research projects include a successful trigovernmental feasibility study to evaluate the potential of the Wadden Sea as a particularly sensitive sea area; Coastlearn an EU project developing web-based materials for distance learning in coastal zone management; and New Epoc an Interreg IIIc project sharing good practice between ten European partner ports in order to address future challenges.