Conn Nugent

Conn Nugent

  • Project Director
  • Seabed Mining Project,
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts


Conn Nugent directs Pew’s seabed mining project, an initiative to ensure the adoption of a science-based international code that prohibits mining in large protected areas and minimizes environmental damage where mining is allowed.

Before coming to Pew, Nugent was a senior fellow of the Ocean Foundation, where he wrote background papers and policy analyses on aquaculture, ocean acidification, coral reefs, and seabed mining; president of the Heinz Center for Science, Economics, and Environment; executive director of the J.M. Kaplan Fund; and environment program director at the Nathan Cummings Foundation. He also was the first executive director of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, which won the Nobel Peace Prize during his tenure.

Nugent earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard College and a law degree from Harvard Law School, both with honors.

Recent Work

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  • Seabed Mining Rules Should Include Strong Ocean Protections

    The minerals that power modern society—copper, cobalt, nickel, manganese, gold, and rare earth elements, among others—have been discovered across vast tracts of the ocean floor. Governments and for-profit companies are eager to exploit these resources, which are used in the manufacture of cars, mobile phones, computers, and wind turbines, as well as bridges and buildings.  Read More

  • Deep-Sea Mining Regulator Needs Muscle and Accountability

    Earlier this year, the International Seabed Authority (ISA)—the United Nations body that governs the ocean floor beyond national jurisdiction—asked the people and organizations that follow its work to fill out a survey evaluating its performance. Public officials, scientists, conservationists, and prospective miners received and completed questionnaires. The ISA then called on an... Read More

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