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Yannick Christian Beaudoin

Chief Scientist
Phone: +47 95 42 92 47
Email: Yannick.Beaudoin@grida.no

Yannick Beaudoin, PhD, MA, is Chief Scientist at GRID-Arendal, a United Nations/United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) collaborating center in Norway. In addition to overseeing and facilitating the various efforts of the organization, his recent project activities include the development of a global TEEB for Oceans and Coasts study, the management of the UNEP Global Outlook on Methane Gas Hydrates and co-coordination of the SPC-SOPAC – UNEP Pacific Marine Minerals and Deep Sea Mining Assessment. He is also a geoscientist with the Continental Shelf Project which has been providing technical assistance to developing states working to delineate the outer limits of their continental shelf according to criteria outlined in Article 76 of UNCLOS.

Yannick also works to apply new economic thinking, 'science of change' and participatory social processes to GRID-Arendal’s Green Economy and Green Economy for Oceans activities that include working with countries, communities and industry to increase human well-being while preserving and enhancing ecological health and quality.

From 2001 to 2006, Dr. Beaudoin was a project geologist with Falconbridge Ltd managing “green fields” nickel, copper and platinum group element exploration projects in Canada and Norway. He has also worked in geological exploration for Phelps Dodge of Canada Ltd. and the Geological Survey of Canada.

Yannick holds a doctorate (2006) and MSc (2001) in marine and economic geology from the University of Toronto with a research focus on deep ocean hydrothermal vent systems; he participated on 9 international marine research campaigns.

Yannick also holds an MA in Economics in Transition from Schumacher College/University of Plymouth in the UK where his dissertation inquiry applied action research to explore society’s ecological-economic divide.