Andrew started his PhD in September 2011 after having completed his Masters in 'Ecosystems, Governance and Globalisation' at Stockholm Resilience Centre.

He has a background in Political Science and International Business. His Masters research focused on the emergence and spread of Marine Spatial Planning as a tool for ecosystem-based management. The thesis explored informal governance networks, the role of individuals as institutional entrepreneurs and innovation in the context of social-ecological system dynamics.

His PhD project, 'Global Governance of Marine Resources — Actors, Networks and Organisations', will use specific cases to highlight and assess:
- key non-state actors involved in global governance of marine resources
- the governability of marine resources embedded in the global economy

The work is focused on the recognition that the capacity to innovate and to scale up innovation is crucial in being able to meet existing governance challenges, steer away from potential critical thresholds in complex social-ecological systems, and open up new trajectories of sustainability

As a fellow of the Nippon Foundation funded Nereus Program, Andrew collaborates with colleagues from the University of British Columbia, Princeton, Duke and UNEP-WCMC in Cambridge, UK as part of a joint project to use science to build scenarios of the future ocean in aid of securing a healthy ocean and the on-going, sustainable provision of marine resources for future generations.

In addition to his PhD research, Andrew is a member of the centre communications team focusing on social media updates. He is also engaged as an advisor for SHIFT — Innovations for a resilient future, a unique business accelerator for sustainability entrepreneurs.

Andrew is affiliated with two centre themes (marine and global dynamics) and is also part of the coordination team for the 'Transformation and innovation' cross theme research initiative.