The role of communication in mediating marine-based conflict

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This is a Pitch funding project within Corrine's PhD project


Using Tasmania as a case study, this project is concerned with how communication can be used to mediate conflicts in aquaculture. It will investigate which communication strategies are critical to mediating the debate in this highly contested, strongly negative and polarised communication space. Social influence modelling will then be used to understand how these communication strategies reciprocally impact on one another in non-linear ways.

The pitch funding will be used to conduct a Tasmania wide self-administered stakeholder survey of 550 participants to identify the causal mechanism of conflict, the potential to reduce this conflict, and current communication networks. The survey results will form the base for the development of a communication framework to support effective management and policy decision-making within the new paradigm of complex communication networks, transnational debate, and increasing public unrest.

University of TasmaniaInstitute of Marine and Antarctic StudiesCSIRO Department of the EnvironmentGEOS
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