Zrinka Mendas

Education & career


Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Anglia Ruskin University 

Doctor of Business Administration, Kingston University 

Master of Business Administration, University of Leicester 

Higher National Certificate in Business, West London College 

Fellow, Royal Geographical Society (FRGS, 1087217)

Member, Association for Geographic Information (18230)

Fellow, Advance HE (FHEA, PR074542)



2019- Tutor in British Sign Language (BSL), Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge

2017- Lecturer in Economic and Human Geography and GIS, The University of the Third Age, Cambridge

2014-2017 Visiting professor in Research, HELBUS Helsinki School of Business, Helsinki.

2013-2015 Curriculum developer, leader, lecturer in Economics, Business & Accounting, Anglia Ruskin University.

2012-2014 Curriculum developer, leader, lecturer in Economics and Development, Cambridge Regional College of Further and Higher Education, Cambridge.
2012-2013 Lecturer in Economics and Accounting, Derby University.

2011-2012 Tutor in Modern Languages, Wintercomfort for the Homeless, Cambridge.

2009-2010 Grundtvig teacher and programme leader, Cannes Université, Cannes, France.

2001-2009 Research associate, Kingston Business School, Kingston University.


Expert contribution and consultations:

  • SIMCelt project (http://www.simcelt.eu/). Supporting Implementation of Maritime Spatial Planning in the Celtic Seas 2050: Developing Scenarios for the Celtic Seas Workshop, 19th September 2017, University of Liverpool, London
  • Higher Education Academy, Degree Standards project: Pilot Course for External Examiners (https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/hefce-degree-standards), 21-29 August 2017, London and Birmingham
  • Expert Reviewer, IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5C & Climate Change and Land (2017-2018), on behalf of Science and Innovation for Climate and Energy Directorate, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: The First Order Draft of a Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC), IPCC Working Group I (The Physical Science Basis) and Working Group II (Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability) and Working Group II Technical Support Unit (WGII TSU).
  • The future forests in Scotland, Scottish Government (2016).
  • Transposition of Environmental Impact Assessment Directive EU2014/52, Scottish Government (2016).
  • Proposed changes to how Environmental Impact Assessment applies to Country Planning, Welsh Government (2016).
  • Offshore Energy Strategic Environmental Assessment (OSEA3), Department of Energy and Climate Change (2016).
  • International Ocean Governance, Department of EU Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (2015).

Panellist and speaker

Research seminars and workshops:

  • Mendas, Z. (2017) “Rural and remote ecosystems: issues and considerations”, Environmental Research Institute and Centre for Energy and Environment, University of the Highlands and Islands, Thurso, Scotland.
  • Mendas, Z. (2016) “Studying island archipelagos as ecosystems: Reflections and Considerations”, The Centre for Sustainable Development, 4th July, Preston: University of Central Lancashire. Available at:
  • Mendas, Z. (2016) “Ecosystem approach to island development”, DHI United Kingdom and Ireland Symposium: Knowledge sharing for water and environmental professionals, 21-22 June, Macdonald Ansty Hall, Coventry.
  • Mendas, Z. (2016) “Regional rural development: a case of island archipelagos”, James Hutton Institute, 14 April,Aberdeen
  • Mendas, Z. (2016) “A Regional outlook of the rural islands in Europe: challenges and opportunities”, EPRC European Policy Seminar Series, 24 February, Glasgow: Strathclyde University.
  • Mendas, Z. (2015) “Disabled and Teacher”. Workshop. Association for Learning Developers in Higher Education Conference 2015, 1 April. Southampton: Southampton Solvent University

Articles in magazines, newspapers and other professional journals:

- Mendas, Z. (2015) “Understated frontier of remote and rural regions of island archipelagos”. 55th ERSA Congress 2015, “World Renaissance: Changing roles for people and places”. Session: “Development and Growth of Rural and Remote Regions: Challenges and Opportunities”, 25-29 August 2015. Lisbon.

- Mendas, Z. (2015) “Rethinking the Distance: Broadband as a catalyst for growth in remote and rural regions”. 4th Global Conference on Economic Geography 2015, 19-23 August 2015. Oxford University.
- Mendas, Z. (2015) “Economic, social and environmental factors affecting the European islands: Challenges and opportunities for adopting the Ecosystem Approach to island development”, Poster Sess.3, Re: P3.26, ECSA 55 Unbounded boundaries and shifting baselines: Estuaries and coastal seas in a rapidly changing world, London, 6-9 Sept. 2015.
- Mendas, Z. (2015) “Toward a sustainable spatial island ecosystem of island archipelago in Zadar, Croatia”, Track: A viable ecosystem for a sustainable society. In: Proceedings of BONUS 10th Baltic Sea Science Congress "Science and innovation for future of the Baltic and the European regional seas and Bonus Forum Policy Day, 15-19 June 2015, Riga. Latvian Academy of Sciences and Institute of Aquatic Ecology. Available at:
- Mendas, Z. (2015) “In the spirit of Pluralism: Methods and Sustainability”. Global Sustainability Institute 2nd Research Conference ‘The Interface between Sustainability Research and Policy’. January 26-27 2015. Anglia Ruskin University.
- Mendas, Z. (2015) “Harnessing Dis-Ability”. Anglia Ruskin University Annual Teaching Conference 2015, 30 June 2015. Anglia Ruskin University. Available at: https://myplayer.anglia.ac.uk/Play/3968.
Mendas, Z. (2014) “Toward a pluralistic and interpretivistic insight to research in space economy”. Regional Studies Association Winter Conference 2014 ‘Sustainable Recovery? Rebalancing, Growth, and the Space Economy’, 27-28 Nov. London.
- Mendas, Z. (2014) “Regional versus local development: A case of the city of Zadar, Croatia and remote and rural islands”. Island Dynamics Conference on Island Cities and Urban Archipelagos,21-25 October. Copenhagen.
- Mendas, Z. (2014) “From Dominance to Interdependence: Toward a sustainable development of the coastal region in the municipality of Zadar”. RSAIBIS 43rd Annual Conference, August 19-21. Aberystwyth: Aberystwyth University.
- Mendas, Z. (2014) “Exploring the terrain of liminality in rural and remote island communities”. 9th Annual Liverpool Symposium on Current Developments in Ethnographic Research in the Social and Management Sciences in association with the Journal of Organizational Ethnography on ‘Ethnography and liminality: boundaries, opportunities and living ‘at the edge’, 27-29 August. Liverpool University. Best Paper category (2nd place).
- Mendas, Z. (2013) “Exploring the Terrain of Friendship”. 3rd International Symposium on Critical Narrative Inquiry: Doing organizational ethnography; work, politics and organizational storytelling, Center for Research on Organizations and Workplaces. October. Kozminski University

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