Modelling socioecological thresholds: predicting a safe and just operating space for humanity in the global ocean

Outline and objectives: The global oceans represent a crucial component of the Earth’s system and provide billions of people with core ecosystem services. Yet there is high uncertainty about the ecological status of the worlds’ marine ecosystems and increasing evidence of ocean tipping points and regime shifts from multiple human…

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2 – The interaction of ecology, markets, management and policy at the local and global scales in marine resource systems


Project outline and objectives: Coastal zones support resource bases for many human activities, including commercial and recreational fishing, aquaculture, tourism, shipping and transport, mining, and trade. Sustainable management of coastal resources therefore requires the understanding of the motivations and factors that influence human behaviour regarding their resource use. Traditional management…

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2 – The interdependency of social and natural capital in a coastal marine economy


Project outline and objectives: Environmental public policy is increasingly focusing on the different forms of capital (physical, social, human, and natural) that are needed to maintain or improve quality of life. The interconnection among these forms of capital has garnered a great amount conceptual consideration in business and economic development,…

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Fisheries, seafood and uncertain futures


Project outline and objectives: A current ARC Discovery project ‘Fishing for change: enhancing Australia’s seafood futures’ is developing a Australian/regional/global fisheries simulator based on more than 50-years of historical catch and effort data. The candidate would help develop scenarios of resource biomass and range shift, but importantly combine elements of…

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