Partelow, Stefan ORCID:, Schlüter, Achim ORCID:, Ban, Natalie C., Batterbury, Simon, Bavinck, Maarten, Bennett, Nathan J., Bleischwitz, Raimund ORCID:, Blythe, Jessica, Bogusz, Tanja, Breckwoldt, Annette ORCID:, Cinner, Joshua E., Glaser, Marion ORCID:, Govan, Hugh, Gruby, Rebecca, Hatje, Vanessa, Hornidge, Anna-Katharina, Hovelsrud, Grete K., Kittinger, John N., Kluger, Lotta Clara, Kochalski, Sophia, Mawyer, Alexander, McKinley, Emma, Olsen, Julia, Pittman, Jeremy, Riechers, Maraja, Riekhof, Marie-Catherine, Manez, Kathleen Schwerdtner, Shellock, Rebecca J., Siriwardane-de Zoysa, Rapti ORCID:, Steins, Nathalie A., Van Assche, Kristof and Villasante, Sebastian (2023) Five social science intervention areas for ocean sustainability initiatives. npj Ocean Sustainability, 2 (1). DOI

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Ocean sustainability initiatives – in research, policy, management and development – will be more effective in delivering comprehensive benefits when they proactively engage with, invest in and use social knowledge. We synthesize five intervention areas for social engagement and collaboration with marine social scientists, and in doing so we appeal to all ocean science disciplines and non-academics working in ocean initiatives in industry, government, funding agencies and civil society. The five social intervention areas are: (1) Using ethics to guide decision-making, (2) Improving governance, (3) Aligning human behavior with goals and values, (4) Addressing impacts on people, and (5) Building transdisciplinary partnerships and co-producing sustainability transformation pathways. These focal areas can guide the four phases of most ocean sustainability initiatives (Intention, Design, Implementation, Evaluation) to improve social benefits and avoid harm. Early integration of social knowledge from the five areas during intention setting and design phases offers the deepest potential for delivering benefits. Later stage collaborations can leverage opportunities in existing projects to reflect and learn while improving impact assessments, transparency and reporting for future activities.

Document Type: Article
Programme Area: PA1
Research affiliation: Social Sciences > Institutional and Behavioural Economics
Social Sciences > Social-Ecological Systems Analysis
Social Sciences > Development and Knowledge Sociology
Science Management > Directorate
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: Yes
ISSN: 2731-426X
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2024 08:07
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2024 13:31

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