The Center for the Blue Economy (CBE) hosts visiting scholars to conduct research at the Monterey Institute of International Studies along with the CBE faculty. The Visiting Scholars program enables us to further our own and others' expertise while fostering international partnerships.

In 2012, we welcomed Stephen Hynes, Rui Zhao and Guo Jing.

<p>Dr. Stephen Hynes</p>

Stephen Hynes visited from the Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Stephen's research interests include cultural and international differences in ecosystem service valuation methods. While at the CBE in 2012-2013, Stephen Hynes completed Valuing improvements to coastal waters using choice experiments: an application to revisions of the EU Bathing Waters Directive with his co-authors Dugald Tinch and Nick Hanley.

<p>Jing Guo</p>

Guo Jing is a PhD student majoring in Ocean Resources Management at the Ocean University of China. Her research interests include non-market valuation of coastal resources. While at the CBE, Jing conducted research on US estuaries and their use of non-market valuation information and presented to MIIS students and faculty her findings: The gap between science and policy: assessing the use of non-market valuation studies in estuarine management. At the CBE, Jing applied techniques developed at the NOEP to develop a non-market valuation system for coastal ecosystem services in Shandong, China; she prepared a paper that she will present in Shandong in October 2013.

<p>Rui Zhao</p>

Rui Zhao visited from the National Marine Data and Information Service of China's State Oceanic Administration. Rui's research interests include Ocean economy accounting, statistics and analysis. While at the CBE, Rui reviewed and compared methods of ocean accounting from around the world. Rui conducted an input-output analysis to clarify the role of the ocean industry in the Chinese national economy. He describes this in a paper that will be published in an upcoming issue of Marine Policy.