MarSocSci | Webinars

Find information on our upcoming and past webinars below. We’re always on the lookout for webinar speakers. If you are interested in presenting your work to the MarSocSci community, send us an email to [email protected]

Upcoming webinars…

Wednesday 9th June | 2pm BST | Diz Gilthero | Process and Reflections on Co-developing a National Ocean Literacy Strategy 

We are excited to welcome Dr Diz Glithero, National Lead of the Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition (COLC) and Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa, to the MarSocSci Webinar Series. Diz will share how and why a unique alliance of  Canadian universities, ocean science, education, and conservation NGOs, government, businesses, artists, and ocean/water enthusiasts across Canada mobilized to co-lead the national study, Understanding Ocean Literacy in Canada (2019 – 2020), creating the first baseline of ocean literacy in Canada. The findings and recommendations from this study provided the evidence-based understanding and momentum upon which the recently launched Land, Water, Ocean, Us: A Canadian Ocean Literacy Strategy was co-developed. Diz will share a very candid and illustrative snapshot of the project – the approach and process of co-developing the National Strategy, what worked, challenges, lessons learned, and a look ahead. Together, we will discuss and explore ways of how any aspects of these recent efforts in Canada can be of use or support what each of us are doing in our own respective and collective work. 

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Catch up on our past webinars below…

Thursday 13th May | 1pm BST | Dr Easkey Britton | 50 Things to do by the sea | Watch the recording


Friday 26th April | 2pm BST | Phil Loring, Emily De Sousa and Hannah Harrison | Podcasts and Academia | Watch the recording


Thursday 25th March | Peter J.S. Jones | Analysis and discussion of marine protected area governance (MPAG) case
studies: Challenges of decentralisation in the shadow of hierarchy | Watch the recording


Thursday 11th February | Dom Williamson, Caroline Hattam, Louisa Evans | Co-producing an understanding of the needs and priorities of coastal communities | Watch the recording

The team have kindly put together a Q&A document answering further questions we were unable to get to during the webinar! Take a look here

Friday 13th November | Dr. Dylan McGarry, Dr. Kira Erwin and Anna James | Creativity in knowledge co-production for Ocean Governance, the story of Empatheatre | Watch the recording

One of the innovative undertakings of the GCRF One Ocean Hub (OOH) project is to use arts-based and creative approaches in integrated ways throughout the life of the project, to help achieve its transdisciplinary, transformative goals, which include the bringing together of different forms of transformative goals, which include the bringing together of different forms of knowledge related to ocean governance, and enhancing the participation of marginalised communities in ocean decision making.


Wednesday 30th September | Glen Smith | From climate change ‘resilience’ to situated understandings of what it means to adapt | Watch the recording

This third MarSocSci Webinar from Glen Smith, presents research that relates to efforts to adapt to climate change in Ireland’s coastal and marine environments. Two comparative case studies are used to explore a range of risks and opportunities that exist in these environments.


Monday 24th August  | Dr. Patrick Heidkamp | Engaging the Blue Economy through Transdisciplinary Action Research | Watch the recording

Through a review of Project Blue @ Southern Connecticut State University which focuses on engaging the Long Island Sound Blue Economy and with a focus on one specific example—the burgeoning Long Island Sound seaweed industry—the talk and subsequent discussion hopes to outline some of the challenges and opportunities in developing such an action research program.

Monday 13th July | Sarah Young | The Marine Pioneers Projects | Watch the recording here

The Marine Pioneer projects  in England were set up to test practical application of the “natural capital” approach to environmental management (giving nature a value). What they discovered is…. the value of social capital! Hear stories and lessons from the North Devon Marine Pioneer collaboration with important implications for future marine management. View the slides here | Additional useful resources and information.