The Marine Social Sciences Network (MSSN) was launched in a keynote address  The values of the ocean and coasts for sustainable development by Dr Emma McKinley at the Greenwich Maritime Centre’s Society and the Sea Conference, 6th and7th September 2018. The Network facilitates knowledge exchange between diverse stakeholders to establish an active community of interdisciplinary researchers, policy makers and practitioners from across the marine and coastal sector, with a view to increasing awareness and understanding of the integral role that social sciences can have in management and decision making for our global seas and coastline. The Network is a multidisciplinary community, facilitating collaboration and dialogue between both marine social and natural science, the arts and humanities. The launch event, and the corresponding workshop at the conference was an opportunity to learn more about the Network, to express an interest in being part of the community and feed into discussions about how the Network can support marine and coastal efforts in the coming years.
The MSSN network aims to:

  • Provide a ‘home’ for a growing online community of marine social science researchers, representing a range of disciplines and nations, and feeding into growing areas of research;
  • Provide a platform for dialogue, discussion and collaboration;
  • Promote social science as the gateway to embedding wider societal views and values into policy and management, and look at mapping social sciences against the global challenges;
  • Provide a role for marine social sciences as science and evidence across policy and management processes; and
  • Position marine social sciences alongside natural and physical sciences, demonstrating the social value of marine systems and used to support communication and articulation of the complex and complicated relationship between society and the global seas and coasts.

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