This project focuses on understanding the reasons why researchers do or don’t engage with government organisations in general, and the UK Marine Management Organisation (MMO) in particular, and vice versa. Our aim is to identify both the incentives that currently drive engagement efforts and barriers that prevent it, information which we will then use to recommend changes to facilitate enhanced interactions in the future.
The project is being funded by two NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellowships, and a Small Grant from Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment & Society.
In 2018, we ran an online survey exploring barriers to and incentives for collaborating with government institutions in general, and the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) in particular, on marine related issues. We are currently running a survey aimed at policy and management practitioners. More information can be found here.
Three workshops, held in 2018 and 2019, brought together researchers and government organisations with marine and coastal interests, and explored incentives for and barriers to science-policy engagement, including those brought up in the online survey, in order to form solutions to maximize benefits and minimize barriers.