Large-scale Interdisciplinary Collaborative Research: Professor Rashid Sumaila

Rashid Sumaila with the UBC Fisheries Economics Research Unit, Global Fisheries Cluster, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, and Liu Institute for Global Issues will present two of his ongoing research projects with a view to highlighting how to set up innovative and collaborative large-scale interdisciplinary research projects that work.

In the first part of the talk, he will discuss the SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) funded OceanCanada Partnership (OCP), which is made up of 15 partners from academia, government, NGOs and the private sector. The partnership is dedicated to contributing to building resilient and sustainable oceans on all Canadian coasts and to supporting coastal communities as they respond to rapid and uncertain social-ecological changes. Over the life of the project and beyond, OCP will be (i) taking stock of what we know about Canada’s three oceans; (ii) building scenarios for the possible futures that await our coastal-ocean regions; and (iii) creating a shared vision for Canada’s oceans among Canadians.

He will present the E15 Initiative on Fisheries, Oceans and the Trading System, convened by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development and the World Economic Forum, in the second part of his talk. The E15 Initiative brings together world-class experts and institutions to generate strategic analysis and recommendations for government, business and civil society geared towards strengthening the global trade and investment system for sustainable development. Specifically, the E15 Initiative on Fisheries, Oceans and the Trading System examines the challenges and opportunities from trade and trade policies that may affect or redress the state of the world’s oceans and the fisheries, and proposes options on how the global trade system can support a transition towards healthier oceans and sustainable fisheries.

The final part of his talk will provide ideas on how the two examples above could be expanded and improved in the quest to contribute to the mission of the Liu Institute, which is, to “conduct and facilitate research on global issues, striving to turn this into action and policy to advance sustainability, security, and social justice.”

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