About the workshop

This is a 2-day workshop on Social simulation of fisheries and coastal management held in Manchester.

Organised by:

  • The Centre for Policy Modelling
  • The Stockholm Environment Institute (Oxford Centre)
  • The University of Tromsø – the Arctic University of Norway.
  • In conjunction with the ‘SAF21’ Marie-Curie Project

Key dates:
Workshop; 6-7th June

Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, All Saints Campus, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6BH, UK.

Directions to the building can be found at http://cfpm.org/contact/37/cfpm

People worldwide depend on fisheries and coastal ecosystems for their income and subsistence production needs. How these systems are managed and developed is therefore a critical question with sustainability, equity, poverty and health dimensions. Studies of the risks associated with the management of these systems are traditionally led by top-down approaches dominated by scientific and technical experts. However, in many cases opportunities are opening up for including plurality of perspectives in management and for decentralisation of decision-making. Increasingly, there are bottom-up study tools available to support this.

Agent-based models are well-suited for applying systems approaches to the study of fisheries and coastal ecosystems and the options for management. Evidence, if it is needed, can be gained from a look at recent publications, work of scientific associations like ESSA and funding of collaborative projects (eg. SAF21) and increasing support from interdisciplinary programmes. Potential applications range across different aspects of fisheries and coastal management including for example: social and legal norms in coastal communities, applications of Ostrom’s suggestions for managing social commons, understanding trade-offs in coastal systems, coupling of social simulations and complex ecological models, simulations and games as public educational tools, participatory simulations of fisheries and coastal ecosystems, and other relevant development orientated research.

Workshop objectives:

  • Further establish the academic-developer-practitioner network and build on shared interests
  • Support and develop solutions together and improve the use of data and methods
  • Work towards the integration of tools and methods and creation of decision support frameworks

Workshop outline:
The workshop agenda is now available on a separate page (https://ssfcm.wordpress.com/agenda/).

The workshop will end with a special practical session on testing social simulation models, where participants are invited to interact with them (to evaluate the user-perspective, to discuss technical aspects of model design, coding and software aspects, model data and transparency, decision-making etc..).

All participants, please register your participation at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/workshop-on-social-simulation-of-fisheries-and-coastal-management-tickets-21555147025 by the 15th May.

*The workshop will run alongside a meeting of the project SAF21Social science aspects of fisheries for the 21st Century and includes the premiere of the movie A turning tide in the life of man by Loïc Jourdain, which participants may attend. The director of the movie will be present at the screening and the movie will be followed by a short discussion session.




Author: bruceedmonds

I am the Director of the Centre for Policy Modelling at the Manchester Metropolitan University Business School.

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