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Nickie Butt, Course Leader

Nickie Butt BSc (Hons) MPhil

Course Leader

Faculty of Business, Law and Digital Technologies


Nickie spent most of her childhood living overseas and joined the merchant navy at 16, sailing with BP Tankers and qualifying as a navigation officer. After leaving the sea she lived overseas again, in Papua New Guinea and Oman, working in a variety of shore based shipping roles.

On returning to the UK she completed a BSc (Hons) Marine Geography. Since joining the teaching staff at Solent University in 2005, she has completed an MPhil which investigated the effectiveness of particularly sensitive sea areas as a protective measure for the marine environment from shipping.

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Research interests

Protection of the marine environment from the impact of shipping and sustainability of the shipping industry, encompassing vessel and port operations and their management. This entails straddling the wet and dry sides of the shipping world and accounting for the interests and views of the many stakeholders involved.

Nickie has undertaken research for a variety of organisations including the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO), WWF, OSPAR Commission and the Common Waddensea Secretariat.

Recent publications

Butt N., DJ Johnson. 2013. 'Overview of shipping activity in the Sulu-Sulawesi Region' on behalf of UNESCO Sulu Sea mission.

Pike K., Butt N., Pryce-Roberts N., Vigar N., 2013. '15 years of shipping accidents: a review for WWF'. Available from:

Pike, K., N. Butt, D. Johnson and S. Walmsley, 2011. 'Report on Global Shipping Initiatives: Audit and Overview.' Available from:

Butt N, Gallagher A, Vigar N, Wright P. Thatcher K. , 2009. 'Evaluation of the Wadden Sea Particularly sensitive Sea Area'. On behalf of the Common Wadden Sea Secretariat.

Butt, N., N Vigar. P, Wright (2010) 'Shipping and Harbours Chapter for Quality Status Report: Wadden Sea 2009'

Butt, N., 2007. 'The impact of cruise ship generated waste on home ports and ports of call: A study of Southampton.' Marine Policy. 31(2007) pp. 591-598.

Butt, N., 2007. 'Forecasting nitrogen deposition from shipping and transport in the OSPAR region'. Desk study on behalf of OSPAR commission identifying methods and models available that may be used in future to forecast levels of nitrogen deposition in the sea. London: Ospar.

Butt, N. and D. Johnson, 2006. 'The Sea Empress disaster: 10 years on.' An overview of shipping activities in UK waters. Guildford: WWF-UK.

Butt, N., 2006. 'Firth of Forth consultation on Ship to Ship Transfers.' Consultation response to the MCA on behalf of WWF-UK to enable Policy Recommendation.

Butt, N., 2006. 'Ship to Ship Transfers.' Guildford: WWF-UK.

Butt N., D. Johnson and S. Walmsley, 2005. 'Protecting Marine Protected Areas from the threats posed by International Shipping.' Conference proceedings IMPAC1. Geelong, Australia.