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.
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2020 - Journal / article
In the rapidly changing and uncertain world of the Anthropocene, positive visions of the future could play a crucial role in catalysing deep social-ecological transformations to help guide humanity towards more sustainable and equitable futures. This paper presents the outcomes from a novel visioning process designed to elicit creative and inspirational future scenarios for southern Africa. The approach based scenario develop...
2019 - Journal / article
Scenario development has been recognized as a potential method to explore future change and stimulate a reflective process that can contribute to more informed decision-making. The assessment process under IPBES (the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) has however shown that the current predominantly biophysical and economic models and scenario processes for exploring the future of...
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...