CMS researchers and PhD students at international workshop on Global Transdisciplinary Ocean Research Partnership in Japan

DSC_3840In February, CMS members Beth Fulton, Marcus Haward, and PhD students Carla Sbrocchi and Richard Cottrell attended the inaugural meeting of an exciting new research group at the University of Tokyo. The Global Transdisciplinary Ocean Research Partnership (GTORP) aims to provide capacity building opportunities for early-career scientists from across Asia and Australia working in the field of ocean and natural resource governance. Recognising that collaboration among disciplines is fundamental to addressing some of the complex problems in our coastal zone, GTORP brings together early-career researchers with more experienced academics from a number of disciplines to develop a 5- year strategic research plan with well-defined sub-themes. Two preliminary sub-themes identified from the meeting were 1) Combining ecological and social indices to inform spatial planning of fisheries activities (wild caught and farmed) 2) Comparing cross-cultural differences in fisheries knowledge systems to understand their influence on governing practices. The partnership will progress these sub-themes over the coming months


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