Water Security Network

Emma Bean


Emma Bean joined the International Water Security Network in 2016 following a career in private practice as a real estate solicitor. Emma is undertaking a PhD in marine rights, supervised by Chad Staddon and Tom Appleby.

Prior to joining IWSN, Emma worked for Burges Salmon for eight years, dealing with a wide variety of real estate transactions including complex land transactions, work for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, in the renewable energy sector for wind and solar developer clients, and on multiple portfolios for the Crown Estate Commissioners.

Following her career as a solicitor, Emma moved into research, starting with a project for the Pembrokeshire Marine Relevant Authorities Group (a group of representatives from the organisations with statutory duties within the Pembrokeshire European Marine Site, including Natural Resources Wales, the Welsh Assembly Government and the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority). The project dealt with the public right to collect fishing bait and was prompted by the concern that the collection of fishing bait on beaches within Pembrokeshire was taking place to such an extent that it was having a detrimental impact on the ecology of the intertidal area and also putting the group in breach of their obligations under the Habitats Directive.

Emma’s PhD research involves a detailed analysis of the public rights of fishing and navigation and considers whether these rights need to be reformulated with a more ecological focus in order to be able to achieve sustainable use of the sea and coastal areas. Emma is interested in the discourse surrounding earth jurisprudence/wild law and will be looking at whether the principles at the base of this discourse can be integrated with the current model of property rights in order to achieve more sustainable use.