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Ocean stewardship - theme publications

Science-Industry Collaboration – Sideways or Highways to Ocean Sustainability?

Journal article

Österblom, H., Cvitanovic, C., van Putten, L., Addison, P., Bebbington, J., Hall, J., Ison, S., Jouffray, J-B., LeBris, A., Mynott, S., Reid, D., and Sugimoto, A. (2020). Science-Industry Collaboration – Sideways or Highways to Ocean Sustainability? One Earth, 3(1) 79-88. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.oneear.2020.06.011.

There is substantial and unexplored potential for scientists to engage with the private sector for a sustainable ocean and to draw on the experiences of organisational social scientists in this task. This paper draws on the authors’ collective experiences working with ocean industries in different parts of the world to reflect on how this has influenced our work, the effects these collaborations have generated, and the barriers to overcome for such partnerships to become more common.

Read more about the Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship activities on the SeaBOS website.

Accounting and Accountability in the Anthropocene

Journal article

Bebbington, J., Österblom, H., Crona, B., Jouffray, J-B., Larrinaga, C., Russell, S. & Scholtens, B. (2019). Accounting and Accountability in the Anthropocene. Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, 33(1) 152-177. https://doi.org/10.1108/AAAJ-11-2018-3745.

The idea that we are living in the Anthropocene (as opposed to the more stable Holocene) is shaping scholarship across all disciplines. In the Anthropocene human impacts on the natural environment have intensified and generate system-wide effects thereby making human actions a driving force in global environmental change. Accounting scholarship will change in the face of this realisation. Accounting, as a technology of control and a means of discharging organisational responsibilities, will be essential in such a setting. This paper uses the example of the Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship to demonstrate that: (1) novel research samples are needed in the Anthropocene (namely – keystone actors); (2) a sustainability science approach will be useful; and (3) stewardship may re-emerge (and be reconceptualised) in discussions around organizational accountability in the Anthropocene.