As management of our global seas and coastlines becomes ever more complex, there is a growing call for improved integration of social sciences within marine and coastal decision making. Recent high-profile campaigns and media coverage have triggered an unprecedented out-pouring of public awareness and concern for our seas, and more specifically, how societal behaviour is impacting them. In order for global efforts to better manage both marine and coastal systems to be successful, there is a need to first better understand the complex relationships between society and the sea and in understanding social interactions with the seas, the factors that influence these relationships and examine how this growing field of research can contribute meaningfully to the development of effective marine and coastal policy and planning.
With increasing recognition of the value of this research from Government, we are carrying out a review of marine social science research activity and capacity across the UK with a view to identifying key themes of activity (for example, ocean literacy, blue growth, the values associated with the UK’s marine and coastal environment, and fisheries to name). Through a review of existing literature and an online questionnaire survey, this work will highlight evidence gaps and support the development of future priorities for Defra, the wider UK government, the devolved administrations and the social science research community more broadly.
About the Workshop
The purpose of the workshop is to examine the findings of the literature review and questionnaire, with a specific focus on three key topics:
- Challenges and barriers impacting growth of marine social sciences in the UK,
- The future priorities for marine social science research and practice,
- Opportunities for collaboration and development of marine social sciences research and practice in the UK.
A draft agenda will be available closer to the time.
WHEN:12th February 2019 – 10:00 – 16:00 GMT
WHERE:Cardiff – Sir Martin Evans Building