Current Projects

This project aims to understand the regional development and well-being futures envisaged by residents of NW Tasmania and how marine industries can contribute to meeting these shared values.

Aquaculture Community Futures: North West Tasmania

To understand the foundation for social license for aquaculture in Norway, we will investigate the characteristics of trust towards aquaculture activities and public regulation on a national (macro) level, distinguishing between society-industry-government, rural-urban, and centre-periphery dimensions. SoLic focuses on the context of Norwegian aquaculture but also includes smaller comparative cases in Australia and Iceland. A case study approach will be used to address the question: How does social license (or a lack of) play out in Tasmanian salmon aquaculture? A single-case study design will be used (to understand social license at the state level), but with multiple embedded units of analysis (i.e. cases at the local level). 

Social Licence to Operate for Aquaculture

This project will develop a sustainable Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) model that supports commercial seaweed production. To do this, the research will i) define the seaweed culture proposition (identify species, growing techniques, and products) and ii) develop a regionally relevant IMTA partnership model that brings together salmon, shellfish, and seaweed producers to ensure economic, environmental and societal benefits. Blue Governance is responsible for WP3 of this project - developing optimal governance, social, economic, and environmental models for operation.

Seaweed Solutions for Sustainable Aquaculture

This project aims to address science-policy-management constraints that have hindered the development of an integrated marine ecosystem-based approach.  The focus is upon the management of 'sectoral interplay' - the conflicts and tensions which prevent ‘whole of government’ cooperation and political consensus among the conflicting user and interest groups

Regional Ecosystem-based Coastal Management

Hobart, Tasmania | karen.alexander@utas.edu.au | +61 3 6226 4869

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