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Development and expansion in the marine social sciences: insights from the global community


McKinley, E and Kelly, R and Mackay, M and Shellock, R and Cvitanovic, C and van Putten, I, Development and expansion in the marine social sciences: insights from the global community, iScience, 25, (8) Article 104735. ISSN 2589-0042 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.isci. 2022.104735


The importance of understanding the complexities of societal relationships with our global ocean, and how these influence sustainable management and effective, equitable governance, is crucial to addressing ocean challenges. Using established horizon scanning method, this paper explores current trends in marine social sciences through a survey of the global marine social science research and practitioner community (n = 106). We find that marine social sciences research is broad, covering themes relating to governance and decision-making, stakeholder participation and engagement, the socio-cultural dimensions of marine systems, ocean literacy, community-based and area-specific management, and the blue economy, and identify future research priorities highlighted by the community. Our results, however, suggest several barriers persist, including the relationship between marine social sciences and other disciplines, and the visibility and recognition of marine social sciences both internal and external to academia. Finally, the paper generates prospective thinking and highlights recommendations for future research and practice.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:marine social sciences, MarSocSci
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Environmental management not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Marine systems and management
Objective Field:Marine systems and management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Kelly, R (Dr Rachel Kelly)
UTAS Author:Mackay, M (Ms Mary Mackay)
UTAS Author:van Putten, I (Dr Ingrid Van Putten)
ID Code:153394
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Fisheries and Aquaculture
Deposited On:2022-09-15
Last Modified:2022-11-28
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