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The role of research networks for science-policy collaboration in coastal areas


  • Stojanovic, T.A.
  • Ball, I.
  • Ballinger, R.C.
  • Lymbery, G.
  • Dodds, W.


This paper reviews the approach taken by several UK coastal partnerships in developing research strategies and programmes. It reports on the status of these research initiatives and describes how the co-ordination and communication of scientific research have been approached through active partnerships with universities and the wider research community. Results of semi-structured interviews are followed by in-depth case studies of research networks on the Sefton Coast (focusing on coastal morphology) and the Severn Estuary (focusing on coastal change and climate change impacts). The results reveal the constraints and opportunities that exist in bringing together a variety of knowledge holders in the coastal zone. The paper identifies key elements of these initiatives and highlights lessons that can be applied to the development of other research initiatives in order to achieve science supported, ecosystem-based management.

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  • Stojanovic, T.A. & Ball, I. & Ballinger, R.C. & Lymbery, G. & Dodds, W., 2009. "The role of research networks for science-policy collaboration in coastal areas," Marine Policy, Elsevier, vol. 33(6), pages 901-911, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:marpol:v:33:y:2009:i:6:p:901-911

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    1. Melaku Canu, Donata & Solidoro, Cosimo, 2014. "Socio-economic analysis and stakeholder involvement: Mussel-farming in the Gulf of Trieste," Marine Policy, Elsevier, vol. 43(C), pages 55-62.


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