Ocean & Us


First cross-disciplinary workshop

The role of traditional knowledge by Indigenous People and Local Communities (IPLC) in scientific knowledge production has been at the centre of a number of recent studies spanning ocean policy, law, marine science, philosophy of science and science studies.

The aim of this first inaugural workshop of the RSE network Ocean and Us is to bring together experts across a number of disciplines to identify barriers, prospects and promises in the pledge to include traditional knowledge into ocean governance for a fairer and more equitable policy concerning use of resources in areas beyond national jurisdictions.
Session 1.

Legal, philosophical and scientific barriers for local and traditional knowledge.

9am-10.30am UK time
Session 2.

Community-led practices and transdisciplinary governance.

  10.45am-12.15pm UK time
Lunch Break
Session 3.

Local knowledge for a more equitable policy and governance.

1.15pm-2.45pm UK time
Session 4.
The epistemic value of local and traditional knowledge (past and present)

3pm-4.30pm UK time

Second cross-disciplinary workshop

The value and importance of situated forms of knowledge by Indigenous People and Local Communities (IPLC) has been increasingly rediscovered in recent debates that have aimed to foster a more diverse and inclusive ocean governance.

The aim of this workshop of the RSE network Ocean and Us is to bring together an array of expert voices across different parts of the world who represent local communities and their situated knowledge. The workshop explores both the advances being made in fostering a more equitable ocean governance as well as the obstacles still laying ahead with varieties of epistemic injustices that might hinder the process.

Session 1.

Showcasing stories of local communities and their situated knowledge.

9am-11am UK time


  • 9am – 9.30am Narissa P. Spies (Brown), Conservation Planner Pacific Islands Refuges and Monuments Office, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi “A Monumental Effort: Renaming Marine Protected Areas in the Pacific.” (Hawai’I time 11pm)
  • 9.30am – 10am Gemma Nelson, Ocean Voices Fellow (Samoa 10.30pm-11pm)
  • 10am – 10.30 Alumita Sekinairai, Ocean Voices Fellow (Fiji 10pm-10.30pm)
  • 10.30am – 11am Harriet Harden-Davies, Ocean Voices PI (Ocean Voices)


Session 2.

Local knowledge meets UN policy

  11.15am-12.50pm UK time


  • 1.15am – 12.00pm First roundtable: Mariana Caldeira, Barbara Mourão Sachett, Júlia Schütz Veiga (Brazil BBNJ delegation)
  • 12.05 – 12.50 Second roundtable: Ana Flávia Barros-Platiau, Paulo Henrique Oliveira, Adriana Isabelle (Brazilian UN Plastic Treaty delegation)
Lunch Break
Session 3.

Scientific, legal and philosophical aspects concerning the role of local knowledge

2pm-4.45pm UK time


  • 2pm-2.30 Dave Stone (JNCC Chief Scientist) “Local knowledge, is it evidence? A reflection on barriers in environmental decision making”
  • 2.30- 3pm Abbe Brown, Marcel Jaspars, Michela Massimi, CIs “Ocean and Us” network, “What role for local knowledge in ocean governance?”
  • 3.05 pm –3.35pm Tullio Scovazzi (Retired. Former Professor at the University of Milano Bicocca) “Local Knowledge and Interests in the Regional Agreements Relating to the Protection of the Environment and Fisheries in the Mediterranean Sea”
  • 3.45 – 4.15pm Kwaku Kyeremeh (University of Ghana)
  • 4.15 – 4.45pm Marjo Vierros (Ocean Voices, Head of Science Policy Research)
  • 4.45 Concluding remarks