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A decade of incorporating social sciences in the Integrated Marine Biosphere Research Project (IMBeR): much done, much to do?

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van Putten, I and Kelly, R and Cavanagh, RD and Murphy, EJ and Breckwoldt, A and Brodie, S and Cvitanovic, C and Dickey-Collas, M and Maddison, L and Melbourne-Thomas, J and Arrizabalaga, H and Azetsu-Scott, K and Beckley, LE and Bellerby, R and Constable, A and Cowie, G and Evans, K and Glaser, M and Hall, J and Hobday, AJ and Johnston, NM and Llopiz, JK and Mueter, F and Muller-Karger, FE and Weng, KC and Wolf-Gladrow, D and Xavier, JC, A decade of incorporating social sciences in the Integrated Marine Biosphere Research Project (IMBeR): much done, much to do?, Frontiers in Marine Science, 8, (JUNE) Article 662350. ISSN 2296-7745 (2021) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright © 2021 van Putten, Kelly, Cavanagh, Murphy, Breckwoldt, Brodie, Cvitanovic, Dickey-Collas, Maddison, Melbourne-Thomas, Arrizabalaga, Azetsu-Scott, Beckley, Bellerby, Constable, Cowie, Evans, Glaser, Hall, Hobday, Johnston, Llopiz, Mueter, Muller-Karger, Weng, Wolf-Gladrow and Xavier. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

DOI: doi:10.3389/fmars.2021.662350

Abstract

Successful management and mitigation of marine challenges depends on cooperation and knowledge sharing which often occurs across culturally diverse geographic regions. Global ocean science collaboration is therefore essential for developing global solutions. Building effective global research networks that can enable collaboration also need to ensure inter- and transdisciplinary research approaches to tackle complex marine socio-ecological challenges. To understand the contribution of interdisciplinary global research networks to solving these complex challenges, we use the Integrated Marine Biosphere Research (IMBeR) project as a case study. We investigated the diversity and characteristics of 1,827 scientists from 11 global regions who were attendees at different IMBeR global science engagement opportunities since 2009. We also determined the role of social science engagement in natural science based regional programmes (using key informants) and identified the potential for enhanced collaboration in the future. Event attendees were predominantly from western Europe, North America, and East Asia. But overall, in the global network, there was growing participation by females, students and early career researchers, and social scientists, thus assisting in moving toward interdisciplinarity in IMBeR research. The mainly natural science oriented regional programmes showed mixed success in engaging and collaborating with social scientists. This was mostly attributed to the largely natural science (i.e., biological, physical) goals and agendas of the programmes, and the lack of institutional support and push to initiate connections with social science. Recognising that social science research may not be relevant to all the aims and activities of all regional programmes, all researchers however, recognised the (potential) benefits of interdisciplinarity, which included broadening scientistsí understanding and perspectives, developing connections and interlinkages, and making science more useful. Pathways to achieve progress in regional programmes fell into four groups: specific funding, events to come together, within-programme-reflections, and social science champions. Future research programmes should have a strategic plan to be truly interdisciplinary, engaging natural and social sciences, as well as aiding early career professionals to actively engage in such programmes.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:interdisciplinarity, marine science, research networks, disciplines, global, regional programmes
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Other environmental sciences
Research Field:Other environmental sciences not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
UTAS Author:van Putten, I (Dr Ingrid Van Putten)
UTAS Author:Kelly, R (Dr Rachel Kelly)
UTAS Author:Cvitanovic, C (Dr Christopher Cvitanovic)
UTAS Author:Melbourne-Thomas, J (Dr Jessica Melbourne-Thomas)
UTAS Author:Constable, A (Dr Andrew Constable)
UTAS Author:Hobday, AJ (Dr Alistair Hobday)
ID Code:145273
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Fisheries and Aquaculture
Deposited On:2021-07-14
Last Modified:2021-09-08
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