Sea Change: Navigating transformations in coastal and marine social-ecological systems

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 5:00 PM / 6:40 PM (MDT)
Room: Senate Room, Omni, West
Organizers: Kathryn Davies, Karen Fisher
Chairs: Kathryn Davies

Call for Submissions

Call for Participation

We welcome papers from participants across a wide range of backgrounds, career stages and sub-disciplines. The session aims to create a safe space to share experiences, build relationships, and support the further development of a community of participatory practice working to navigate coastal and marine transformations and develop place-based, interconnected, and equitable policy and management options.

Key themes include but are not limited to: participatory processes; collaborative research; co-learning; indigenous rights; social-ecological systems; ethics of care; ocean; coast; sea


Coastal and marine decision makers face a range of urgent and complex problems today. These challenges are exacerbated by fragmented legislative regimes and institutions that cannot account for cross-scale interactions; chronic data scarcity and high levels of uncertainty that make system-based assessments and predictions challenging; and often conflicting societal and economic expectations, values, and rights that are poorly integrated into management decision making. The backdrop of climate change and political unrest that overarches many coastal and marine areas complicates these issues further.

This session will explore how participatory initiatives might be transformative, mobilized and deployed to transition holistic ideas into new generations of principles, policies and practices. Particular emphasis will be placed on decolonizing methodologies. The challenge is to crack open existing divisions of knowledge, governance and administration, and build a new infrastructure of initiatives directed to working and living differently and inclusively.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Karen Fisher*, , Decolonizing coasts and oceans 20 5:00 PM
Presenter Wesley Flannery*, Queen's University Belfast, UK, Benedict McAteer, Queen's University Belfast, UK, Brendan Murtagh, Queen's University Belfast, The 'rationality' of Marine Spatial Planning in the UK 20 5:20 PM
Presenter Hannah Torres*, University of Central Florida, Timothy Hawthorne, University of Central Florida, Fernando Rivera, University of Central Florida, Lain Graham, Esri, Local Knowledge, Sense of Place, and Coastal Restoration in the Indian River Lagoon 20 5:40 PM
Presenter Kathryn Davies*, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), Karen Fisher, University of Auckland, Gemma Couzens, Ministry for the Environment, Melissa Foley, Auckland Council, Kath Blakemore, Department of Conservation, June Cahill, Environmental Protection Authority, Linda Faulkner, Tutaio, Judi Hewitt, NIWA, Mary Livingston, Ministry for Primary Industries (Fisheries), Carolyn Lundquist, NIWA, Catherine Iorns Magallanes, Victoria University, Harry Mikaere, Aquaculture NZ , Collaborating on cumulative effects: A mountains-to-sea approach from Aotearoa New Zealand 20 6:00 PM
Discussant Nick Lewis University Of Auckland 20 6:20 PM

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