Code . COST Action IS1403
Start . 2015
Duration . 48 months
Principal Investigator . Cristina Brito (CHAM) / Poul Holm (Trinity College)
European Cooperation in Science and Technology
Main Research Unit
Trinity College Dublin
CHAM - Centro de Humanidades / Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas/Universidade Nova de Lisboa | Universidade dos Açores
The Action, Oceans Past Platform (OPP), aims to measure and understand the significance and value to European societies of living marine resource extraction and production to help shape the future of coasts and oceans. The Integrative Platform will lower the barriers between human, social and natural sciences; multiply the learning capacity of research environments; and enable knowledge transfer and co-production among researchers and other societal actors, specifically by integrating historical findings of scale and intensity of resource use into management and policy frameworks.
The oceans offer rich resources for feeding a hungry world. However, the sea is an alien space in a sense that the land is not. Fishing requires skills that must be learnt, it presupposes culinary preferences, technical ability, knowledge of target species, and a backdrop of material and intangible culture. OPP asks when, how and with what socio-economic, political, cultural and ecological implications humans have impacted marine life, primarily in European seas in the last two millennia.
The main aim of the Action is to foster an interdisciplinary Integrative Platform to measure and understand the historical significance and value to European societies of living marine resource extraction (incl. fishing and mammal hunt) and production (incl. aquaculture) to help shape the future of coasts and oceans.
WG1 - Trends in Production and Consumption
WG2 - Coastal settlements
WG3 – Aquaculture
WG4 - Changing values (economic and cultural) of marine life to society
WG5 - Gendered seas (the roles of men and women for the interaction with the sea)