Internship opportunity at European ResponSEAble project

Published on
May 20, 2016

Interesting internship opportunity for ENP students in the European ResponSEAble project which tries to find ways how can we encourage Europeans to take a closer interest in their oceans and to treat them with greater respect and understanding.

Project background: Our knowledge on how people influence the oceans is growing. So is the communication about this topic: many stakeholders talk about it in different media channels. Unfortunately, so far, making people more aware of ocean issues does not necessarily mean they change their behavior in favor of cleaner oceans. So the overall question of this interdisciplinary project is; which information do different stakeholders need, so that it taps into their value sets and they start feeling responsible for the oceans, so that they become more inclined to change their behavior? How should we communicate, whom should tell the story, which stories should you tell and which stakeholders should you target? ResponSEAble is a unique European project (Horizon 2020) combining the efforts of 15 partners, 11 countries, consisting of marine biologists, sociologists, economists and even an artist.

Task description for this internship: you will be analyzing the effect of communication on the human-ocean relationship and perceptions of different stakeholders connected to the marine environment, such as fishermen, seafarers, policy makers, and consumers. Research questions include: How do the stakeholders perceive the human-ocean relationship? What are their narratives and imaginations? What do they perceive as the biggest problems? Who do they hold responsible? How do they know this; because of which information. And what are enabling factors and barriers in changing their behavior? You will work in the North Sea region and conduct interviews and surveys (face to face, online and focus groups).

For: Policy-oriented students with interest in social science

Key words: Interviews; stakeholders; perceptions; science communication; media effect analysis; human-ocean relationship; ocean literacy; behavior change

Starting: September 2016

More information:

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