Strategy Group Social Sciences

Marine Social Sciences and Humanities

With the intensification of sea use, the seas and oceans are becoming increasingly important for human society, culture and economy - whether in relation to traditional uses such as food production, shipping and coastal defence or newer uses, for example as sinks for carbon dioxide, through diving tourism, aquarium trade or deep sea mining. As a consequence, human society has an increasingly large influence on marine ecosystems and the anthropogenic impact on coasts and the sea continues to increase substantially. This increase in importance is reflected in the rise of regulatory initiatives and governance processes at national, regional and international levels. The recently published communication of the EU: “International Ocean Governance: An Agenda for the Future of Our Oceans” sets this out clearly, once more.

As a consequence, there is an evident need to survey and analytically reflect on governance mechanisms, forms of social organisation and future scenarios concerning the marine and its resources. This is reflected in the increased calls for relevant social science and humanities expertise, in particular from policymakers, international non-governmental organisations and other organisations working at science-policy interface. The members of this strategy group contribute their expertise to develop responses to current and emerging issues.

The following four thematic areas are in the focus of our interests:

 

Contact Persons:

Prof. Dr. Achim Schlüter
Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT), Bremen

Prof. Dr. Silja Klepp
Kiel Marine Science, Centre for Interdisciplinary Marine Science, Christian-Albrechts University, Kiel