In 2017, MEAM (now The Skimmer on Marine Ecosystems and Management) interviewed 17 social science and interdisciplinary researchers from around the world to learn how their work could improve marine conservation and management practice. Since then, the social science of marine management has developed further in these areas and branched out in many other valuable directions. In this issue of The Skimmer and the next, we update our previous coverage by interviewing an ensemble of other social science and interdisciplinary researchers doing innovative social science work with great potential to improve (or a proven track record) of improving marine conservation and management practice. This work ranges from the use of cognitive mapping to create mental models of how fishers in the Caribbean view and organize the world…to testing how “nudges” could cost-effectively increase compliance with conservation regulations…to innovating how communities participate in marine planning processes to reduce feelings of exclusion and suspicion.
Here is the first set of interviews. As with last time, we hope that you find these research and practice profiles as energizing and inspiring for your own work as we found editing them.
Research and practice profiles:
- Eric Wade: Mental models give us a glimpse into fishers’ decisions and trade-offs
- Mary Mackay: Nudges can be an inexpensive way to increase compliance with conservation regulations
- Syma Ebbin: Art may inspire behavior changes needed to conserve marine environments
- Yoshitaka Ota and Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor: Without new scholarship on ocean governance and equity, we risk a future that further separates the haves and have-nots
- Nemer E. Narchi: Local coastal knowledge systems are vital tools for coastal management
- Rodrigo Oyanedel: Markets and supply chains can drive illegal and unsustainable fishing
- Rebecca Jefferson: Training and mentoring can help conservation professionals integrate social sciences into their work
- Maree Fudge: Innovating how communities participate in marine planning can reduce exclusion and suspicion
- Priscila F. M. Lopes: Making women visible makes fisheries management and conservation more efficient, socially fair, and resilient
- Hiroe Ishihara: Identity and sense of belonging play critical roles in marine resource management
- Talya ten Brink: Planning for human impacts of offshore wind projects will help them succeed
- Trisia Farrelly: An international convention needed to fill gaps in national, regional, and international efforts to prevent plastic pollution
- Narriman Jiddawi: Empowering coastal women can increase their incomes in a sustainable manner