Shared and social values

Shared values to be integrated into Marine Ecosystems Research Programme

The second stage of the UK Marine Ecosystems Research programme will use shared values approaches to link ecosystem models to economic, social and cultural impact analysis to understand how changes in marine ecosystems resulting from policy and environmental change will affect human well-being. The approach will bring together bioeconomic models, economic contingent behaviour models, ethnographic research, local knowledge and stakeholder deliberation to provide a comprehensive picture of potential environmental and social changes related to marine ecosystems, and brings together researchers and decision makers to consider how society might respond to these. The project is led overall by Prof Mike Heath (Strathclyde University), with the social and economic components led by Dr Jasper Kenter (Scottish Association for Marine Science) and Dr Juliette Young (Centre for Ecology and Hydrology).