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Research within the theme explores and analyses the dynamics of the marine social-ecological systems, and how they are connected to markets and processes that act across different spatial and temporal scales. We aim to synthesize information across case studies that span the tropics (around Australia, Hawaii, the East coast of Africa, South East Asia, and Latin America), the Arctic, as well as temperate systems including the Seas of Norden (e.g. Baltic Sea, Norwegian Sea).
Important research areas within the marine theme include:
- Social-ecological cross-scale interactions
- Global seafood production systems and their links to food security, human wellbeing, and sustainable seafood.
- Transformations of seafood supply chains and consumption patterns.
- Exploring adaptive management approaches.
- Testing regime shifts and CAS theory across marine case studies using modelling and advanced statistics.
- Exploring alternative sustainable development transformations.
Research topics include, for example, coral reef dynamics, fisheries governance, sustainability of aquaculture, marine food-web dynamics, social-ecological health assessments, management implications of global trade dynamics and geopolitics, and sustainable seafood supply chains and fisheries improvements.
The theme uses and tests theories and transdisciplinary methods, including agent based modelling, complex adaptive system modelling, social network analysis, spatial analyses, and qualitative comparison analysis. Researchers of the theme collaborate closely with several other themes and streams at the Stockholm Resilience Centre as well as colleagues at the Stockholm University and other leading international research institutes around the world, including Princeton and Stanford Universities.
Research news | 2018-06-27
Overfishing, fractured international relationships and political conflicts loom as fish migrate more unpredictably because of climate change. Here is how to deal with it
Research news | 2018-06-20
New book chapter looks into the economic, cultural and ecological reasons why some people leave the fisheries and aquaculture sector, and what could be done to reverse the trend
Research news | 2018-06-07
Centre becomes scientific partner to new UN business platform on sustainable marine stewardship
Research news | 2018-06-06
Who owns ocean biodiversity? New study reveals how a single company has registered half of all existing patents associated with genes from marine species
Research news | 2018-06-05
The four most essential (yet risky) ingredients for small-scale fisheries to bond and build stronger ties between themselves
Research news | 2018-05-28
While studies on fisheries conflicts are abundant, confusion remains about what actually constitutes a conflict. A new review paper identifies four key areas of research that still need to be addressed
2018 - Journal / article
This study analyzes fishers', managers' and scientists' opinions on management measures to facilitate the initiation of management processes towards more sustainable small-scale seagrass fisheries in Zanzibar, Tanzania. The results show that most fishers and managers agreed on the need to include seagrasses specifically in future management. There was further agreement on dragnets being the most destructive gears, and th...
2018 - Journal / article
Our results reinforce the urgency of conserving mangrove forests and the need to quantify uncertainties around LULUC emissions. It also questions mixed mangrove concurrent shrimp farming, where partial removal of mangrove forests is endorsed based upon the benefits of partial mangrove conservation and maintenance of certain ecosystem services. While we recognize that these activities limit the chances of complete removal, our ...
2018 - Journal / article
The ocean is a critical source of nutrition for billions of people, with potential to yield further food, profits, and employment in the future (1). But fisheries face a serious new challenge as climate change drives the ocean to conditions not experienced historically. Local, national, regional, and international fisheries are substantially underprepared for geographic shifts in marine animals driven by climate change over th...
2018 - Book chapter
This publication is part of a publication which compiles 11 selected case studies provided by authors belonging to IPSI member organizations and covers experiences from countries in Asia, Europe, Africa and North America, with various socio-political and ecosystem contexts. Authors were asked to identify challenges and opportunities in sustaining livelihoods, social and ecological changes that have occurred and approaches bein...
SPACES aims to understand the complex relationship between ecosystem services and the wellbeing of the poor in coastal Kenya and Mozambique. Read more here