Mario Caña Varona


University of the Azores

Campus of Ponta Delgada

Rua da Mãe de Deus

9500-321 Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal

Education & career

PhD in Geography - University of Seville (currently, part-time) 

Erasmus Mundus Master Course in Maritime Spatial Planning - University IUAV of Venice, University of the Azores  & University of Seville.

MSc Geographic Information Systems - University of Seville 

Postgraduate course in Spatial and Urban Planning, and Environment - Regional Government of Andalusia

Certificate in Political Studies - Institute of Political Studies of Lyon 

BSc Geography - University of Seville

Available for teaching/education
Research activities

I am particularly interested in research related to ocean governance, marine policy, blue economy, maritime spatial planning, transboundary cooperation and particularly in geographical contexts like small islands and developing economies.


MUSES - Multi-Uses in European Seas (2016-2018). Funded by the EU Horizon 2020 programme. 

GPSAzores - Geographical and Political Scenarios for Maritime Spatial Planning in the Azores and Atlantic (2016-2019). Funded by ERDF & ESF - Azores 2020 Operational Programme.

PADDLE - Planning in a liquid world with tropical stakes (2017-2020). Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) – Research and Innovation Staff Exchange - RISE funded by the EU Horizon 2020 programme.

MarSP - Macaronesian Maritime Spatial Planning (2018-2019). Funded by EASME.

Selected publications (up to 5)

Caña Varona M. (2016). Strengthening ocean governance and capacity-building to promote a sustainable marine development: The Wider Caribbean Region (Master's thesis).

Caña Varona M., Calado H. Vergílio, M. (2017) Case study 3A – Development of tourism and fishing in the Southern Atlantic Sea (South Coast of mainland Portugal – Algarve region – Atlantic Sea). In Bocci M & Ramieri E. (coordinators) Case study implementation. Edinburgh: MUSES project.

Caña Varona M. (2016). Tools to Preserve Marine Cultural Heritage: Maritime Spatial Planning. In I. Gotzmann & A. Segbers (Eds.), Kulturlandschaft und Kulturerbe. Konventionen und hre Umsetzung in Europa (pp.109-115). Bonn, Germany. Bundheim und Umwelt in Deutschland.

Zaucha J., Bocci M., Depellegrin D., Lukic I., Buck B., Schupp M., Caña Varona M., Buchanan B., Kovacheva A., Karachle P.K., et al. (2017) Analytical Framework (AF) – Analysing Multi-Use (MU) in the European Sea Basins. Edinburgh: MUSES project.

Botelho, A. Z., Costa, A.C., Micael, J., Medeiros, A., Caña, M., Moreira, M., Calado, H. (2015). LocAqua - Modelo de determinação de locais com potencial para a instalação de unidades de Aquicultura na Região Hidrográfica Açores (RH9). Relatório Final. CIBIO, Universidade dos Açores / Fundação Gaspar Frutuoso. 138 p.


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