Alice Newton has a background in oceanography but her research on eutrophication has led her into more social-ecological, transdisciplinary research within the policy context and working with stakeholders. She is Professor in the Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences (DCMA), Faculty of Sciences and Technology (FCT) of the University of Algarve (UAlg, Portugal). She is also a Senior Scientist leading as the Principal Investigator on the coastal zone at the Norwegian Institute of Air Research (NILU) in the Department of Environmental Impacts and Economics (IMPEC). She is a member of Portugal’s Institute of Marine Research (IMAR), the Marine and Environmental Research Center (CIMA) at the University of Algarve in Portugal and the High North Research Centre for Climate and the Environment (FRAM) in Norway. She was the Chairperson of LOICZ (Land ocean interactions in the coastal zone) a core project of IGBP (the International Biosphere-Geosphere Programme) and IHDP (the International Human Dimension Programme) from 2009 to 2011. Currently, she is the European engagement partner for Future Earth Coasts (FEC), a council member of the Estuarine and Coastal Sciences Association (ECSA), the chairperson of the EU Directorate-General for Research & Innovation Bioeconomy Strategy expert group and a member of the Working Group "Climate Change" MedWet Scientific and Technical Network (STN).