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…

Friday 26th April | 2pm BST | Phil Loring, Emily De Sousa and Hannah Harrison | Podcasts and Academia | Register Here

We will be talking about the growing popularity of podcasts in academia, and take listeners through our own journey of launching our podcast – Social FISHtancing – during COVID-19. We’ll discuss how we see podcasting as a scholarly tool and emerging research methodology and the challenges and opportunities of incorporating a podcast into academic work. Phil Loring is an anthropologist who holds the Arrell Chair in Food, Policy, and Society, at the University of Guelph. His research focuses on food systems and sustainability, particularly in coastal regions. Emily De Sousa is a master’s student at the University of Guelph, where she researches alternative seafood networks and works as the communications lead for the Coastal Routes network. Hannah Harrison is a human ecologist and postdoctoral scholar at the University of Guelph. Her research focuses on the human dimensions of fisheries and fish conservation, particularly through hatcheries and stocking. Register here

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

We are thrilled to welcome Dr Easkey Britton to the MarSocSci Webinar Series to launch her new book ’50 Things to do by the Sea’! Join us as we talk about the book, about the importance of connecting people to the ocean, coasts and seas, and how we think about the spaces for our health and wellbeing. Combining fun-filled coastal activities with eco-awareness, this is the ultimate guide to enjoying days by the sea. The country is preparing for a summer of staycations – and with over 30,000 km of coastline in the UK, many of us are set on spending some time by the sea. In 50 Things to Do by the Sea, surfer and marine social scientist Dr. Easkey Britton suggests new and exciting ways to enjoy yourself in and out of the water. Sharing her life-long passion, Easkey shows both what the sea can do for us, and what we can do for the sea. Activities range from beachcombing and rockpooling, to making and flying a kite, seabird watching and searching out bioluminescence. Mindful activities include sound mapping and creating a beach mandala. It’s also a guide to how to stay safe and how to be a responsible sea visitor, from understanding the tides and currents, to beach clean-ups and sustainable foraging. This timely book will show you the benefits of doing things by and for the sea – and how those benefits can spill over into your daily life. With tips and know-how throughout, accompanied with step-by-step illustrations, readers will be fully equipped to make the most of the seaside and to be the hero our seas need. Register here

Wednesday 2nd June | 2pm BST | Diz Gilthero | Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition 

More information coming soon…

Catch up on our past webinars below…

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.