Participation and political representation: A critique of stakeholder engagement in coastal governance

Project outline and objectives: Community or public participation has become a central tenet in the practice and theory of integrated coastal zone management (ICZM). In practice, however, participation is proving complex and is not necessarily living up to the promises of the ICZM literature.  In coastal governance, researchers and policy…

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Social license of marine systems: Improving community knowledge and engagement in local marine industries using citizen science

Project outline and objectives: Our oceans are threatened by climate change, over-fishing and a growing list of other impacts. As a result, there is an urgent need for sustainable ocean management. Whilst marine conservation initiatives have increased over recent years, ocean management is slow to involve communities in its development. We use the term…

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Managing for resilience in Australian fisheries and coastal governance

Project outline and objectives: This project will assess the value of resilience as a basis for governance arrangements for the use and protection of marine resources in Australia. It will translate the principles and features of socio-ecological resilience to the features of legal systems, and develop specific criteria with which…

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