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As an international centre of research excellence, the CCRI seminar series aims to encourage and welcome speakers from a broad range of academic, policy and stakeholder backgrounds. The series, which has become an integral component of CCRI, is open to all, and is a flexible vehicle for the dissemination of research and discussion of policy and practice in a broad range of topics such as agriculture, society, food and environmental issues. It offers the individual an opportunity to present their work in a friendly setting, amongst academics that have a genuine passion and interest in the furthering of knowledge.

We often have international speakers that complement the internal and national academics that regularly present research activities which all contribute to knowledge transfer within the region and amongst our extensive networks.

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The Role of Social Science in Achieving Sustainable Marine Environments by Will Barber

26/11/2015 at 12:15 - 13:15

Will Barber was the 2013/14 placement student in the CCRI, after which he returned to Coventry University to complete a BSc in Geography. He then went on to work temporarily with the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) as a continuation of a research project, A case study assessment of vulnerability and adaptation to climate change in UK inshore fisheries, using social science methods, on which his presentation is based.  In August 2015, Will joined the River Restoration Centre (RRC) where he is responsible for delivering their new Community Engagement initiative, funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.


Summary of presentation: Achieving “sustainable” or “resilient” marine environments is a key challenge of the 21st Century, with pressures including overfishing and anthropogenic climate change. However, many livelihoods and cultural assets depend upon fisheries and other activites. This seminar will primarily attempt to address the questions; what contribution can the social sciences play in informing the evidence base upon which marine policy is developed? And more broadly how can marine environments be governed sustainably. Evidence based policy, and the research that informs it is made difficult by the marine environments unseen nature; large knowledge gaps exist. So how can social science help to address these?


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12:15 - 13:15
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University of Gloucestershire Oxstalls Campus Room TC119