The One Ocean Hub is an independent, inter-disciplinary programme for collaborative research for development, funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), which seeks to put research at the heart of efforts to realize the Sustainable Development Goals. The Hub comprises scholars from 22 leading international research centres in the UK, South Africa, Ghana, Namibia, Kenya, the South Pacific and the Caribbean. The Hub is funded for an initial 5-year period from 1st March 2019 to 1st March 2024.
The overarching approach of the One Ocean Hub is to undertake inter-disciplinary research to bridge current disconnections in law, science and society with a view to: balancing multiple ocean uses with conservation; predicting, harnessing and sharing equitably environmental, socioeconomic and cultural benefits from ocean conservation and sustainable use of marine resources and spaces; and identifying hidden trade-offs in ocean decision-making across scales and sectors. To that end, the One Ocean Hub is integrating and critically assessing the existing evidence base in law, natural sciences and economics through collaboration between researchers in the Global North and in the Global South.
The One Ocean Hub would welcome an opportunity to contribute and explore partnerships in relation to:
• Blue Economies: responsible investment, inter-sectoral impacts on communities and attention to SDG synergies
• Empatheatre: connecting local experiences to policy-making at different scales
• Capacity building and ocean literacy
• Innovation in ocean science: integrating the evidence base through fair partnerships