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Transdisciplinary Marine Research
Bridging Science and Society

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ISBN 9781032317588
February 2, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
280 Pages 40 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Drawing on the expertise of marine researchers from both the natural and social sciences, this book examines how we, as both scientists and societies, can return to a sustainable co-existence with the ocean and use the tools of transdisciplinarity to bring together the diverse forms of knowledge needed to achieve this important task.

The marine sciences play a vital role in producing and providing the knowledge needed for a transition towards ocean sustainability. With a multitude of actors involved in using, exploiting, and safeguarding the seas, however, this task cannot be solved by science alone. Transdisciplinary research is needed, bringing together scientists and all other actors of society to jointly co-produce the knowledge and innovations that we so urgently need. In this context, this book examines and answers key questions at the forefront of transdisciplinary marine research: How can we provide approaches that integrate marine biodiversity and social systems in an appropriate relationship? What methodologies are most suitable to engage stakeholders in participatory processes providing new knowledge and tools for co-designing solutions with balanced socio-ecological embeddedness? How do we best integrate scientific with lay and local knowledge, and how are diverse knowledges valued in engagement activities? How can we reconcile socio-economic activities and the often divergent values attached to them to provide ethical principles for fair and equitable policy decisions? The volume addresses these questions by combining an array of chapters about new theoretical approaches to transdisciplinary marine research, methodological considerations, as well as case studies from the nexus of the research and practices of engagement with a variety of stakeholder groups across the globe.

This book will be of great interest to students and scholars studying marine science and ocean research across a wide range of disciplines, including marine biology, environmental governance and policy, ocean resource management, oceanography, environmental anthropology, human geography and sustainability. It will also be of interest to those looking to build a greater understanding of transdisciplinary research and knowledge co-production, and practitioners working alongside academics.

Table of Contents


  1. The Multifaceted Picture of Transdisciplinarity in Marine Research
  2. Caroline Grünhagen, Heike Schwermer, Christian Wagner-Ahlfs, and Marie-Catherine Riekhof

  3. Empty Oceans – Humanizing Ocean and Seascapes for Building Transdisciplinary Knowledge and Practice
  4. Laura Brum Bulanti, Ximena Lagos Miranda, Laura Marrero Beramendi

  5. Co-Production of Knowledge as Production of Space: How We All Give Meaning to the Sea
    Kathryn Collins
  6. Transformation Through Participation: Democratising the Human-Ocean Relationship
    Pamela M. Buchan

  8. Using Bayesian Belief Networks and Participatory Action Research to Improve Stakeholder Engagement
  9. Jayne Carrick, Clare Fitzsimmons, Tim Gray

  10. Assessing the ‘Professionalisation’ of Marine Citizen Science
  11. Benedict McAteer and Wesley Flannery

  12. The Power and Precarity of Knowledge Co-Production: A Case Study of Skkijânginnaniattut Nunatsiavut Sivunitsangit (The Sustainable Nunatsiavut Futures Project).
  13. Michael A. Petriello, Melanie Zurba, Jörn O. Schmidt, Katrina Anthony, Nathan Jacque, Caroline Nochasak, Jacqueline Winters, John Winters, Megan Bailey, Eric C. J. Oliver, Paul McCarney, Breanna Bishop, Hekia Bodwitch, Rachael Cadman, and Megan McLaren

  14. Stakeholders’ Normative Notions of Sustainability. A Survey for the Co-design of a Sustainable Future of the Western Baltic Fishery System
  15. Viola Schaber, Marie- Catherine Riekhof, Michael Stecher, Rudi Voss,
    Stefan Baumgärtner


  16. Small-scale fishers’ knowledge for ocean sustainability: an ethnography in Setúbal, Portugal
    Joana Sá Cuoto
  17. Characterization and vulnerabilities of fisheries within a coastal lagoon in Uruguay: a participatory approach
  18. Maira Ramos, Rodolfo Reboulaz, Gérman Taveira, Ximena Lagos, Hugo Inda, Leandro Bergamino

  19. Dialogue of knowledge for the assessment of the impacts of the oil spill disaster on the Brazilian coast in 2019
  20. Rita de Cássia Franco Rêgo, Louise Oliveira Ramos Machado, Luize da Silva Rezende da Mota, Cristina Larrea Killinger, Priscilla Andrea Orsi, Josilan da Silva Nascimento, Armanda Laura Northcross

  21. The Marine Reserve of fishing interest at Cape Roche (Conil, Spain): Transdisciplinarity and academic challenges of a conflictive process
  22. David Florido-del-Corral, Mar Abbot Jiménez


  23. Aiming for the next level of transdisciplinary marine research
  24. Nathalie A. Steins, Susan de Koning, Marloes Kraan


  25. Towards a new culture of reflexive and diverse marine transdisciplinarity
    Sílvia Gómez, Vera Köpsel

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Sílvia Gómez is an Associate Professor at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain. She is a social anthropologist whose research focuses on marine science from a transdisciplinary approach.

Vera Köpsel is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Institute for Marine Ecosystem and Fisheries Science at the University of Hamburg, Germany. Whilst her background is in human geography, she now focuses her work on marine social science and exchange with non-academic actors.