In his role as a research liaison officer, Merrie’s primary responsibilities are to establish and manage contacts with collaborating partners and funders and coordinate relevant research under the Keystone Dialogues Project, which provides scientific support to the science-business-policy initiative; Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship.
More specifically, Merrie is responsible for coordinating the emerging technologies work from the SRC side within the SeaBOS initiative. He also keeps an active eye on the technology frontier to able to proactively develop new ideas around ways of incorporating emerging technologies into the activities and projects being undertaken in each of the SeaBOS working groups and across them in line with social-ecological systems thinking. Merrie is proactively looking for opportunities to initiate and nurture new partnerships with organisations of relevance to SeaBOS specifically and SRC more widely connecting marine science, sustainability and emerging technologies. Merrie will collaborate with researchers who are part of the Global Economic Dynamics and the Biosphere Programme at the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences around these themes and, he continues to develop his work on scenarios of the future ocean through his Radical Ocean Futures project.
Merrie also works with colleagues at the SRC to support the development of a vision for marine research at the frontier that can provide a foundation for new partnerships and attract new sources of funding to support continued exploration of emerging research frontiers.
Finally, he continues to be an active part of the SRC communications team and is responsible for maintaining SRC’s social media presence and co-develop campaigns to grow SRC’s community on social media. He continues to collaborate as needed with the SRC comms group on larger scale communications initiatives that have a social media component. i.e. the launch of high-profile scientific papers.
Research news | 2019-05-22
Swedish-Liberian Blue Oceans Conference calls for sustainable blue development in West Africa and beyond
Research news | 2019-04-12
New study reveals what roles non-state actors play in tuna regional fisheries management organizations
Research news | 2018-11-28
The seventh in a series of seven "deep dives" looking into the connections between resilience and development
Educational news | 2018-04-12
Will help practitioners use resilience thinking as a tool to improve development practice
2019 - Journal / article
Non-state actors (NSAs) have proliferated in number and are increasingly acknowledged to matter for global governance of natural resources. This has generated considerable scholarly interest, but there is surprisingly little systematic knowledge about patterns and trends of NSA participation in global fisheries institutions. This article addresses this gap by studying NSA populations, considering more than 500 actors attending...
2017 - Journal / article
Scenarios can help individuals, communities, corporations and nations to develop a capacity for dealing with the unknown and unpredictable, or the unlikely but possible. A range of scientific methods for developing scenarios is available, but we argue that they have limited capacity to investigate complex social-ecological futures because: 1) non-linear change is rarely incorporated and: 2) they rarely involve co-evolutionar...
2017 - Journal / article
The establishment of interdisciplinary Master’s and PhD programmes in sustainability science is opening up an exciting arena filled with opportunities for early-career scholars to address pressing sustainability challenges. However, embarking upon an interdisciplinary endeavor as an early-career scholar poses a unique set of challenges: to develop an individual scientific identity and a strong and specific methodological skill...
2015 - Journal / article
Keystone species have a disproportionate influence on the structure and function of ecosystems. Here we analyze whether a keystone-like pattern can be observed in the relationship between transnational corporations and marine ecosystems globally. We show how thirteen corporations control 11-16% of the global marine catch (9-13 million tons) and 19-40% of the largest and most valuable stocks, including species that play importa...