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]

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Catch up on our past webinars below…

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

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

The GCRF project Coral Communities co-developed and piloted a sensoryvisual mixed-method that combined gift exchange, image and object elicitation,walking interviews and model coastscape creation together with elements ofparticipatory video with coastal communities in Mauritius, and on Fundo Island,Zanzibar. This process took place in order to co-produce an understanding ofthe impacts of coral reef decline and to provide the communities with anopportunity to voice their concerns for their future in their own words. Outputswere shared with other communities both in person and through social media.The method proved effective in quickly gaining insights into the challenges faced by these communities and overcoming language barriers. It offered participants the opportunity to reflect and learn from their experiences andcreated a platform for them to express their concerns. The challenge now is to turn these insights into effective actions that can support these communities tobuild resilience to their changing environment.
On February 11th, we will share the work with you and ask you to bring an object from the sea that means something to you. The objects will help enablean exchange between us and generate discussion around the method.

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

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. The two case studies are quite different. The Maharees in County Kerry is a sandy tombolo with a permanent population of about 300 people. The stability of this sand dune ecosystem is being threatened by a range of human and natural processes, and the significant growth in tourist numbers lacks comprehensive planning. The town of Youghal in County Cork, on the other hand, has a population of around 9000 people. Recent pressures in this town stem more from socio-economic processes. Coastal erosion and flooding are a less obvious risk, but coastal flooding events are becoming more common.

The BCOMAR project (Building Coastal and Marine Resilience) is framed by the impacts of climate change. However, our research suggest that a situated understanding of adaptation needs to be co-designed first. There are two elements to this. Firstly, that climate change might not be the most pressing (perceived) threat to ‘life as normal’. Secondly, that existing social networks might provide a solid basis for mobilising any necessary actions.

Glen Smith, MaREI: the SFI Research Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine research and innovation, the Environmental Research Institute (ERI), University College Cork.


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

Our second MarSocSci webinar with Dr Patrick Heidkamp will make an argument for the value of a transdisciplinary action research approach in assuring a just and sustainable future for our coastal zones. 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. Register Here

Bio: Dr. Patrick Heidkamp is a Professor in the Department of the Environment, Geography and Marine Sciences at SCSU and a visiting Lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University in the UK. He is also a co-director of the Connecticut State University Center for Environmental Literacy and Sustainability Education and an affiliate of the Economic Rights Research Group at the University of Connecticut. His current research focuses on transdisciplinary engagement with the blue economy and just sustainability transitions in the coastal zone. Patrick has international teaching and/or research experience in Africa, Central America, and Europe. His work has been published in leading journals such as the Annals of Regional ScienceApplied GeographyGeography CompassGeoforumGeoHumanitiesPolitical Science Quarterly, and Urban Geography. In addition, Patrick is a co-editor with Dr. John Morrissey of Towards Coastal Resilience and Sustainability (Routledge: 2019)


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

Join Sarah Young for our first ever MarSocSci webinar! Sarah from WWF-UK who will be speaking about the recently completed Marine Pioneer projects that have been carried out in the UK. The “Pioneer Programmes” 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.

 Watch the recording here | View the slides here | Additional useful resources and information.