Rabia Samrah Yahia Meddah
Geographer and Planner. Rabia is a PhD student in Geography and spatial planning Department, University of Oran 2 Mohammed Ben Ahmed (Algeria), researching Coastal zone management, spatial planning and sustainable development. She holds a master degree and engineering diploma from the National Hight School of Marine Sciences and Coastal Planning (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Science de la Mer et de l’Aménagement du Littoral “ENSSMAL”, Algeria), where she targeted coastal planning field to continue her research. Since 2018 she is member of the research laboratory Geographical Space And Territorial Planning (Espace Géographique Et Aménagement du Territoire “EGEAT”) and has participated in national research projects such as this one and this one.
Actually, she is in coastal geography field, her work focuses on Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM), Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) and Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in Algeria. she works on coastal socio-ecological systems and she interests on human-Nature interactions and Coastal zone dynamics using multidisciplinary approach. She believes that local and scientific knowledge are crucial for sustainable development, which is why she integrates Fieldwork (questionnaires, interviews, multi-stakeholders workshop) with Geographic Information System tools (Cartography and remote sensing). Through her research project, she developed communication skills with local stakeholders (farming & fishing communities and local population). She worked as a temporary teacher at the University of Oran 2 and she co-supervised end-of-study projects on Coastal Zone Management and Marine Spatial Planning related topics. she has an entrepreneur engineer certificate (from INSA Lyon, French in collaboration with ENSSMAL, Algiers, Algeria where she participated in the development of a young company in Smart Aquaponics “Integration of Agriculture and Aquaculture”). Her main areas of interest are Coastal Zone Management, Coastal Governance, stakeholder engagement, Sustainable development, Land Sea Interactions, Marine Spatial Planning and multidisciplinary approach