Ocean Nexus research brings together expertise in social and natural sciences, from critical theory to policy analysis to equity and the environment, for a holistic study of changes to oceans and impacts on the communities that rely on them.
Instead of modeling for the future, we address current issues with evidence and identify equitable solutions that can be immediately implemented for an equitable outcome. We focus our efforts on understanding and affecting the following eight areas of research:
Promote governance policies on climate adaptation that include measures for social equity and justice.
Develop tools and networks that empower coastal communities to prepare for socio-ecological changes while protecting their interests and security. 2020 projects include:
SDGs and Global Change
Small-scale Fisheries Adapting to Climate Change
Migration of Coastal Communities
Understand ocean governance processes.
Investigate the decision-making process, from agenda setting and implementation to impact and evaluation. 2020 projects include:
Transparency in Decision-making
Economic Impact of COVID on Fisheries
Health and International Development
Strengthen knowledge on the relationship between human health and oceans including international development initiatives that influence human and social well-being.
Develop a framework for human health risks, looking comprehensively at the wellbeing of collective and individual living, and assessing the current progress of international goals, such as Sustainable Development Goals or more specific development initiatives. 2020 projects include:
SDG Goals and Wellbeing
China’s Belt and Road Initiative
Promote community-based management and community-driven research on coastal environment and fisheries.
Examine management and conservation project design and challenges that community face to develop self-determination. 2020 projects include:
Indigenous Ocean Ecologies
Indigenous Scholarship Approach and its Application to MPA Design
Co-develop and co-design indicators, assessments, and governance tools.
Critically consider contexts and roles of ocean assessment while exploring tools and perspectives that would promote inclusivity and environmental justice. 2020 projects include:
Monitoring Ocean Acidification Impact on Oysters
Data for Decision-making in Coastal Communities
Oceans and Public Health
Develop scholarship for best practices in shared leadership.
Consider how to foster shared leadership that would elevate the values of accountability, transparency, and legitimacy in ocean governance. 2020 projects include:
Gender and Indigenous perspectives
Building Equitable Frameworks
Develop and assess research tools and strategies.
Create new tools and perspectives for ocean technology and develop new regulations for emerging tech. 2020 projects include:
SDGs and Global Change: Strategic Priorities for SDG Attainment
Adapting Research Methodologies in the COVID-19 Pandemic
Ocean Nexus Performance Measurement
Examine the current strategy of Marine Protected Areas from both conservation and ocean governance perspective.
Review the current implementation approach of MPAs and suggest alternative values and perspectives. 2020 projects include: