Dr Miguel Frohlich Wins EMCR Industry Engagement Award

30 Nov 2023

Congratulations to Dr Miguel Frohlich for his recent success at the UQ  Early to Mid-Career Researchers Industry Engagement Awards 2023. 

The awards recognise high-impact, collaborative research partnerships between EMCRs and industry. This year, 15 projects were awarded across UQ's faculties and institutes.

Dr Frohlich was awarded for his project entitled Mapping and analysis of Blue Economy policy and legislative arrangements, which he collaborated on with with The Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania (NRE Tas), and BMT Commercial Australia Pty Ltd. (BMT).

Left to Right: UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Deborah Terry AO, Dr Miguel Frohlich, and UQ Executive Director of Research Partnerships, Mr Paul Nicholls.

Completed in July 2021, the project mapped existing policy and legislative environment as they relate to blue economy uses, activities and resources across multiple sectors and jurisdictions and undertook cross-sector analyses to identify gaps and overlaps that may hinder the development and operation of blue economy activities with a focus on those relating to integrated seafood and energy production systems. This represented Australia’s first comprehensive mapping of the blue economy regulatory landscape, leveraging an innovative network graphing approach to identify gaps and overlaps. Project outcomes include reducing industry uncertainty and empowering stakeholders to make informed decisions for a sustainable blue economy.

Left to Right: Associate Professor Pedro Fidelman, Dr Miguel Frohlich, Dr Beth Toki (BMT), and Professor Annemaree Carroll

Miguel's approach to collaboration included actively involving industry and government stakeholders from the start, and ensuring their continuous input through regular team meetings to facilitate open dialogue, discuss progress, tackle challenges, and integrate industry and government expertise and insights into the research process.

As Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) Professor Mark Blows stated, "We recognise the need to nurture new ideas, perspectives and the considerable talent of our emerging researchers. It is through their new initiatives that we can grow research capability not only at UQ, but across the wider national research workforce and make a positive impact in our community.”

Above: UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Deborah Terry and Research Partnerships Executive Director Paul Nicholls with the 2023 EMCR Industry Engagement Award winners