Barbara is a Ph.D. Research Fellow at the Faculty of Law, University of Bergen. Her Ph.D. project "The role of business entities in combatting marine plastic pollution" is dealing with the legal and economic aspects of marine plastic pollution. The active participation of the corporate sector is essential to reduce the impacts and costs of plastics on the environment. Therefore, the research aims to identify possible ways how the role of the private sector could be defined and what kind of environmental regulatory instruments could be the most efficient to have bearing on their decision-making process and behavior in tackling marine plastic pollution.
The research has an interdisciplinary methodology by taking into consideration the economic impacts and interactions between environmental regulations and competitiveness; how the different types of environmental regulatory instruments affect economic growth and development.
Marine plastic is high on the research agenda at UIB, see i.e. https://www.uib.no/en/news/108425/plastic-oceans-what-do-we-know
This Ph.D. project is one of several focusing on marine plastic, financed by UIB, under UIB Priority Areas (https://www.uib.no/en/priority-areas), Marine research (https://www.uib.no/en/marine) and led by supervisor Prof. Sigrid Eskeland Schütz and co-supervisor Dr. Ignacio Herrera-Anchustegui, LL.M.
Barbara holds a Master’s degree in Law and a Master’s degree in International Economy and Business. During the years she had the chance to work in different roles and workplaces both in the private and the public sector. She came to UiB from a position as a senior legal counsel/lead lawyer in the field of energy law at the Hungarian Oil and Gas Company (MOL Group).
On 11 November 2022 I had the opportunity to give a presentation about the EU regulatory environment on plastic at the Plastic and plastic additives conference organized by the Plastics Network in collaboration with the Norwegian Society of Pharmacology and Toxicology (NSFT).