Blue Opportunities from the future: knowledge and tools to inform sustainable growth for an integrated terrestrial, coastal and marine zone economy.

Lead Research Organisation: University of East Anglia
Department Name: Environmental Sciences

Abstract

Blue Opportunities from the Future is a collaborative project co-designed between the University of East Anglia, the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, Norfolk and Suffolk Coastal Councils, the Environment Agency, Orbis Energy and the RSPB. The project is driven by a desire to make better use of NERC funded research in coastal and marine environments to drive innovation and forward thinking in the delivery of future sustainable management and economic growth. East Anglia is already a centre for delivering advances in this area through its research organisations, forward-thinking local authorities, active wildlife conservation organisations and the Green Economy Pathfinder initiative of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership. This project provides a timely opportunity to broaden regional good practice by taking a more marine-facing view.

In the East Anglian region there is growing interest among the institutions involved in planning for the coast and marine sectors in taking a more integrated and opportunity-focused look at the long-term future of our environment. This is driven by a recognition of inevitable on-going coastal change and the potential for significant future changes, for example due to global warming and rising sea level. There is a need to think creatively, adaptively and in an inclusive manner, and to consider future change as an opportunity to 'do better'.

By connecting the coastal and offshore zones, and working from a bespoke set of 100 year futures scenarios, this project takes a novel and positive approach to thinking about the future of coastal and marine environments in an integrated way. We will undertake an innovative futures analysis to 2115 to explore the potential future opportunities, spanning land and sea, for East Anglia's 'Blue' economy. We will co-create a 'Blue Futures toolkit' of methods and associated knowledge base with which project partners can go on to develop a Blue pathfinder for the region to help drive sustainable blue economic growth. This will provide an exemplar approach that will be disseminated to end-users in other regions in the UK, EU and worldwide. The project will draw upon many aspects of the extensive portfolio of NERC funded and related work at UEA, Cefas, partner organisations and beyond, from ecosystem service valuations (natural capital), to marine biogeochemistry.

UEA is well placed to deliver novel creative thinking on future opportunities for sustainable growth, with extensive experience of research into the long-term sustainable futures of complex environments and the impacts of environmental change on economies and society. Integration of our partner groups within the project ensures our work is targeted appropriately and beneficially to maximise utility for the development of sustainable management by local and national bodies throughout the UK and beyond.

Planned Impact

Participation, knowledge exchange and co-creation of outputs with project partners, stakeholders and end-users is inherently embedded in this project. Combining evidence from NERC science with the expertise of our partners to develop a creative, free-ranging, long-term vision for the future, will result in the production of relevant, targeted information, which addresses real world challenges. This vision will be applied to the multi-way creation of a practical toolkit of solutions (Blue Futures Toolkit) directly relevant to our end-users, and the development of an exemplar Blue Economy Pathfinder plan, providing opportunities for all interested parties. This interaction will be strengthened through a dedicated dissemination and real-world decision-making work package.

Primary project stakeholders were consulted during our proposal design and see benefit from the following innovative project features:

1) It takes an integrated view of the terrestrial, coastal and offshore zones, which tend to be managed and researched as separate entities.

2) It applies generically applicable concepts and approaches to a real case location to generate solutions, which will have local, regional and national relevance and transferability.

3) It situates an exploratory, futurescaping research exercise within a practical context, by working to a 100 year timeframe alongside partners concerned with the management and delivery of long term sustainable coastal and marine development.

The networks, communication channels and professional impact building expertise of UEA's Marine Knowledge Exchange Network (M-KEN) will be utilised in this project to ensure maximum impact is derived from this projects outputs. Impact delivery will be facilitated by M-KEN's strong network of over 950 stakeholders (43% Policy/3rd Sector, 34% Business, 23% Research), including excellent links with UK policy/implementation bodies (it recently provided evidence to the House of Lords) and industry with international commercial interests (e.g. Gardline, Crown Estate). New stakeholders will be identified by an ongoing stakeholder mapping exercise linking to the M-KEN stakeholder database.

Promotion of the project from the outset through to completion and beyond will be via social media, the M-KEN newsletter and website (marineknowledge.org.uk), and M-KEN partner channels (e.g. Tyndall Centre, InnovateUK, Cefas, UEA Research) and through regular M-KEN events. For example, the 'M-KEN Futures' event in March 2015, where 100 stakeholders participated, including marine survey companies (Gardline Environmental, Fugro), policy, implementing and marine monitoring bodies (Cefas, Natural England, JNCC, MMO, EA), data managers from Crown Estate and EMODNet and representatives of the Satellite Applications Catapult / InnovateUK. This will maximise the opportunity for participants to engage with the two-way research and decision making process. These channels will also be used for dissemination of the project outputs (Blue Futures Toolkit, framework for a Blue Economy Pathfinder) to a wide audience.

With the strong partnerships involved we are confident that the work undertaken here will lead to measurable change in the way decisions are taken in the region and beyond, better informed by a vision of the options and opportunities of the future. From a local authority to a European scale this project will produce end-user designed tools and knowledge with NERC science at the core.
 
Title Cartoons of future visions of New Anglia 
Description 4 cartoons relating to the 4 scenarios developed for the Blue Futures project workshops, each presenting a different vision for the future of the region to challenge and stimulate thinking in the workshops. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Stimulated thinking in the workshops. 
 
Title Cartoons of future visions of New Anglia (post workshops/card sorting) 
Description 8 cartoons relating to the results of the Blue Futures project workshops and card sorting exercises, each presenting a different vision for the future of the region to illustrate potential futures. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Have been used to illustrate our summary report. 
 
Description The findings illustrate that East Anglia has great potential to develop its economy sustainably through innovation and integrated thinking, particularly around five key areas of opportunity, listed below. Each one traverses the land-coast-sea interface and integrates the core foundations of sustainable development (environment, society and economy).
• Natural capital is critical: sustaining our natural capital is an essential foundation for all future opportunity
• Innovations in renewable energy: unlocking the potential of on and offshore renewable energy technology
• Food & drink futures: regional food stories and innovating to nourish the nation
• Leadership in low impact living: Reducing energy, water and waste footprints and new forms of living
• Keep visiting East Anglia: enhancing a diverse, year-round visitor economy
Exploitation Route We have only just published our summary report and are still working on academic papers, but the report has already been sent out to all our project participants and partners. It has been presented at a Board meeting by head of Coastal Partnership East Bill Parker and forwarded to Defra marine economists by our Cefas partner.
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Agriculture, Food and Drink,Communities and Social Services/Policy,Construction,Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Energy,Environment,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Government, Democracy and Justice,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology,Retail,Transport,Other

URL https://figshare.com/articles/Blue_Opportunities_from_the_future_Knowledge_and_tools_to_inform_sustainable_growth_for_an_integrated_terrestrial_coastal_and_marine_zone_economy_-_a_summary_report/7649492
 
Description Input into Government Office for Science's Foresight Future of the Sea study - preliminary meeting directly with study team and invitation to present the Blue Futures project, and participate at a GOS workshop on the Foresight study in Great Yarmouth on 8th February 2017. Foresight study to feed directly into government departments.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
URL http://www.orbisenergy.co.uk/news/new-anglia-lep-government-office-science-co-host-future-sea-worksh...
 
Title Marine Knowledge Exchange Network Database 
Description This database was developed by UEA's Marine Knowledge Exchange Network, in partnership with the Norfolk and Suffolk Coastal Network and Blue Opportunities from the Future project. It was developed in response to a need to increase awareness of and access to the diverse range of "activity" (past and present) that can usefully influence and benefit coastal and marine management decision making in the region. The database contains details and signposts to a wide variety of past and present activity. "Activity" includes traditional academic peer-reviewed research, as well as projects, case studies, technical reports, datasets and any information deemed relevant to coastal and marine management practitioners. The database supports a move towards more anticipatory and adaptive management. After an initial trial period, we are working with the software developers to make improvements to the database usability and functionality. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact The database only went live in March 2017, so too early to determine any impact. 
URL http://db.marineknowledge.org.uk/
 
Description Blue Futures Partners 
Organisation Environment Agency
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Knowledge exchange, workshop organisation and workshop attendance.
Collaborator Contribution Knowledge exchange, workshop organisation and workshop attendance.
Impact Four successfully delivered workshops and draft workshop reports. Multidisciplinary collaboration: social science, marine science, geoscience, ecology, economics, business.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Blue Futures Partners 
Organisation Local Enterprise Partnerships
Department New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Knowledge exchange, workshop organisation and workshop attendance.
Collaborator Contribution Knowledge exchange, workshop organisation and workshop attendance.
Impact Four successfully delivered workshops and draft workshop reports. Multidisciplinary collaboration: social science, marine science, geoscience, ecology, economics, business.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Blue Futures Partners 
Organisation North Norfolk District Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Knowledge exchange, workshop organisation and workshop attendance.
Collaborator Contribution Knowledge exchange, workshop organisation and workshop attendance.
Impact Four successfully delivered workshops and draft workshop reports. Multidisciplinary collaboration: social science, marine science, geoscience, ecology, economics, business.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Blue Futures Partners 
Organisation Orbis Energy Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Knowledge exchange, workshop organisation and workshop attendance.
Collaborator Contribution Knowledge exchange, workshop organisation and workshop attendance.
Impact Four successfully delivered workshops and draft workshop reports. Multidisciplinary collaboration: social science, marine science, geoscience, ecology, economics, business.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Blue Futures Partners 
Organisation Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Knowledge exchange, workshop organisation and workshop attendance.
Collaborator Contribution Knowledge exchange, workshop organisation and workshop attendance.
Impact Four successfully delivered workshops and draft workshop reports. Multidisciplinary collaboration: social science, marine science, geoscience, ecology, economics, business.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Blue Futures official partners 
Organisation Centre For Environment, Fisheries And Aquaculture Science
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The project partners and research team developed the project idea collectively. Together we identified a need for strategic thinking to be undertaken to think about the future of the Eastern region's land, coast and sea - not as separate entities but as a connected environmental, social and economic system. The academic team are leading the delivery of the project with regular input via partners meetings to steer the direction of the work and reflect upon deliverables at each stage. With sound planning and project management, and by working closely with our partners, we are able to ensure that this academically driven work has immediate relevance for the end-user community - so that well in advance of a final end deliverable it is useful and already informing their practice.
Collaborator Contribution The project partners and research team developed the project idea collectively. Together we identified a need for strategic thinking to be undertaken to think about the future of the Eastern region's land, coast and sea - not as separate entities but as a connected environmental, social and economic system. Our project partners are closely involved in the project management and are helping to steer this project to ensure that at all stages, it's deliverables are directly relevant and useful for the end user community. Regular partner meetings ensure that their insights and expertise are woven into the core of the project. Their organisations are also providing venues for project workshops and assisting in the organisational arrangements for these.
Impact 12/05/2016 Multidisciplinary Blue Futures project workshop 100 yr futures - Sheringham 23/09/2016 Multidisciplinary Blue Futures project workshop Scenarios testing - Norwich 02/11/2016 Multidisciplinary Blue Futures project workshop Strategic visioning Environment - Norwich, Environment Agency 07/11/2016 Multidisciplinary Blue Futures project workshop Strategic visioning Economy - Lowestoft, Orbis Energy 14/11/2016 Multidisciplinary Blue Futures project workshop Strategic visioning Society - Cromer, North Norfolk District Council 07/10/2016 MKEN/Blue futures stand and attendance at Suffolk Coastal Forum annual conference 01/03/2017 Presentation of Blue Futures database at ENV EXPO by project partner from Coastal Partnership East and the Norfolk and Suffolk coastal Network, Bill Parker (Blue Futures project partner)
Start Year 2015
 
Description Blue Futures official partners 
Organisation Coastal Partnership East
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The project partners and research team developed the project idea collectively. Together we identified a need for strategic thinking to be undertaken to think about the future of the Eastern region's land, coast and sea - not as separate entities but as a connected environmental, social and economic system. The academic team are leading the delivery of the project with regular input via partners meetings to steer the direction of the work and reflect upon deliverables at each stage. With sound planning and project management, and by working closely with our partners, we are able to ensure that this academically driven work has immediate relevance for the end-user community - so that well in advance of a final end deliverable it is useful and already informing their practice.
Collaborator Contribution The project partners and research team developed the project idea collectively. Together we identified a need for strategic thinking to be undertaken to think about the future of the Eastern region's land, coast and sea - not as separate entities but as a connected environmental, social and economic system. Our project partners are closely involved in the project management and are helping to steer this project to ensure that at all stages, it's deliverables are directly relevant and useful for the end user community. Regular partner meetings ensure that their insights and expertise are woven into the core of the project. Their organisations are also providing venues for project workshops and assisting in the organisational arrangements for these.
Impact 12/05/2016 Multidisciplinary Blue Futures project workshop 100 yr futures - Sheringham 23/09/2016 Multidisciplinary Blue Futures project workshop Scenarios testing - Norwich 02/11/2016 Multidisciplinary Blue Futures project workshop Strategic visioning Environment - Norwich, Environment Agency 07/11/2016 Multidisciplinary Blue Futures project workshop Strategic visioning Economy - Lowestoft, Orbis Energy 14/11/2016 Multidisciplinary Blue Futures project workshop Strategic visioning Society - Cromer, North Norfolk District Council 07/10/2016 MKEN/Blue futures stand and attendance at Suffolk Coastal Forum annual conference 01/03/2017 Presentation of Blue Futures database at ENV EXPO by project partner from Coastal Partnership East and the Norfolk and Suffolk coastal Network, Bill Parker (Blue Futures project partner)
Start Year 2015
 
Description Blue Futures official partners 
Organisation Environment Agency
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The project partners and research team developed the project idea collectively. Together we identified a need for strategic thinking to be undertaken to think about the future of the Eastern region's land, coast and sea - not as separate entities but as a connected environmental, social and economic system. The academic team are leading the delivery of the project with regular input via partners meetings to steer the direction of the work and reflect upon deliverables at each stage. With sound planning and project management, and by working closely with our partners, we are able to ensure that this academically driven work has immediate relevance for the end-user community - so that well in advance of a final end deliverable it is useful and already informing their practice.
Collaborator Contribution The project partners and research team developed the project idea collectively. Together we identified a need for strategic thinking to be undertaken to think about the future of the Eastern region's land, coast and sea - not as separate entities but as a connected environmental, social and economic system. Our project partners are closely involved in the project management and are helping to steer this project to ensure that at all stages, it's deliverables are directly relevant and useful for the end user community. Regular partner meetings ensure that their insights and expertise are woven into the core of the project. Their organisations are also providing venues for project workshops and assisting in the organisational arrangements for these.
Impact 12/05/2016 Multidisciplinary Blue Futures project workshop 100 yr futures - Sheringham 23/09/2016 Multidisciplinary Blue Futures project workshop Scenarios testing - Norwich 02/11/2016 Multidisciplinary Blue Futures project workshop Strategic visioning Environment - Norwich, Environment Agency 07/11/2016 Multidisciplinary Blue Futures project workshop Strategic visioning Economy - Lowestoft, Orbis Energy 14/11/2016 Multidisciplinary Blue Futures project workshop Strategic visioning Society - Cromer, North Norfolk District Council 07/10/2016 MKEN/Blue futures stand and attendance at Suffolk Coastal Forum annual conference 01/03/2017 Presentation of Blue Futures database at ENV EXPO by project partner from Coastal Partnership East and the Norfolk and Suffolk coastal Network, Bill Parker (Blue Futures project partner)
Start Year 2015
 
Description Blue Futures official partners 
Organisation Local Enterprise Partnerships
Department New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The project partners and research team developed the project idea collectively. Together we identified a need for strategic thinking to be undertaken to think about the future of the Eastern region's land, coast and sea - not as separate entities but as a connected environmental, social and economic system. The academic team are leading the delivery of the project with regular input via partners meetings to steer the direction of the work and reflect upon deliverables at each stage. With sound planning and project management, and by working closely with our partners, we are able to ensure that this academically driven work has immediate relevance for the end-user community - so that well in advance of a final end deliverable it is useful and already informing their practice.
Collaborator Contribution The project partners and research team developed the project idea collectively. Together we identified a need for strategic thinking to be undertaken to think about the future of the Eastern region's land, coast and sea - not as separate entities but as a connected environmental, social and economic system. Our project partners are closely involved in the project management and are helping to steer this project to ensure that at all stages, it's deliverables are directly relevant and useful for the end user community. Regular partner meetings ensure that their insights and expertise are woven into the core of the project. Their organisations are also providing venues for project workshops and assisting in the organisational arrangements for these.
Impact 12/05/2016 Multidisciplinary Blue Futures project workshop 100 yr futures - Sheringham 23/09/2016 Multidisciplinary Blue Futures project workshop Scenarios testing - Norwich 02/11/2016 Multidisciplinary Blue Futures project workshop Strategic visioning Environment - Norwich, Environment Agency 07/11/2016 Multidisciplinary Blue Futures project workshop Strategic visioning Economy - Lowestoft, Orbis Energy 14/11/2016 Multidisciplinary Blue Futures project workshop Strategic visioning Society - Cromer, North Norfolk District Council 07/10/2016 MKEN/Blue futures stand and attendance at Suffolk Coastal Forum annual conference 01/03/2017 Presentation of Blue Futures database at ENV EXPO by project partner from Coastal Partnership East and the Norfolk and Suffolk coastal Network, Bill Parker (Blue Futures project partner)
Start Year 2015
 
Description Blue Futures official partners 
Organisation Orbis Energy Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The project partners and research team developed the project idea collectively. Together we identified a need for strategic thinking to be undertaken to think about the future of the Eastern region's land, coast and sea - not as separate entities but as a connected environmental, social and economic system. The academic team are leading the delivery of the project with regular input via partners meetings to steer the direction of the work and reflect upon deliverables at each stage. With sound planning and project management, and by working closely with our partners, we are able to ensure that this academically driven work has immediate relevance for the end-user community - so that well in advance of a final end deliverable it is useful and already informing their practice.
Collaborator Contribution The project partners and research team developed the project idea collectively. Together we identified a need for strategic thinking to be undertaken to think about the future of the Eastern region's land, coast and sea - not as separate entities but as a connected environmental, social and economic system. Our project partners are closely involved in the project management and are helping to steer this project to ensure that at all stages, it's deliverables are directly relevant and useful for the end user community. Regular partner meetings ensure that their insights and expertise are woven into the core of the project. Their organisations are also providing venues for project workshops and assisting in the organisational arrangements for these.
Impact 12/05/2016 Multidisciplinary Blue Futures project workshop 100 yr futures - Sheringham 23/09/2016 Multidisciplinary Blue Futures project workshop Scenarios testing - Norwich 02/11/2016 Multidisciplinary Blue Futures project workshop Strategic visioning Environment - Norwich, Environment Agency 07/11/2016 Multidisciplinary Blue Futures project workshop Strategic visioning Economy - Lowestoft, Orbis Energy 14/11/2016 Multidisciplinary Blue Futures project workshop Strategic visioning Society - Cromer, North Norfolk District Council 07/10/2016 MKEN/Blue futures stand and attendance at Suffolk Coastal Forum annual conference 01/03/2017 Presentation of Blue Futures database at ENV EXPO by project partner from Coastal Partnership East and the Norfolk and Suffolk coastal Network, Bill Parker (Blue Futures project partner)
Start Year 2015
 
Description Blue Futures official partners 
Organisation Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The project partners and research team developed the project idea collectively. Together we identified a need for strategic thinking to be undertaken to think about the future of the Eastern region's land, coast and sea - not as separate entities but as a connected environmental, social and economic system. The academic team are leading the delivery of the project with regular input via partners meetings to steer the direction of the work and reflect upon deliverables at each stage. With sound planning and project management, and by working closely with our partners, we are able to ensure that this academically driven work has immediate relevance for the end-user community - so that well in advance of a final end deliverable it is useful and already informing their practice.
Collaborator Contribution The project partners and research team developed the project idea collectively. Together we identified a need for strategic thinking to be undertaken to think about the future of the Eastern region's land, coast and sea - not as separate entities but as a connected environmental, social and economic system. Our project partners are closely involved in the project management and are helping to steer this project to ensure that at all stages, it's deliverables are directly relevant and useful for the end user community. Regular partner meetings ensure that their insights and expertise are woven into the core of the project. Their organisations are also providing venues for project workshops and assisting in the organisational arrangements for these.
Impact 12/05/2016 Multidisciplinary Blue Futures project workshop 100 yr futures - Sheringham 23/09/2016 Multidisciplinary Blue Futures project workshop Scenarios testing - Norwich 02/11/2016 Multidisciplinary Blue Futures project workshop Strategic visioning Environment - Norwich, Environment Agency 07/11/2016 Multidisciplinary Blue Futures project workshop Strategic visioning Economy - Lowestoft, Orbis Energy 14/11/2016 Multidisciplinary Blue Futures project workshop Strategic visioning Society - Cromer, North Norfolk District Council 07/10/2016 MKEN/Blue futures stand and attendance at Suffolk Coastal Forum annual conference 01/03/2017 Presentation of Blue Futures database at ENV EXPO by project partner from Coastal Partnership East and the Norfolk and Suffolk coastal Network, Bill Parker (Blue Futures project partner)
Start Year 2015
 
Description Marine Knowledge Exchange Network 
Organisation Marine Knowledge Exchange Network
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The storm surge project has been an integral part of the NERC Impact Accelerator funded Marine Knowledge Exchange Network (MKEN). We showcased preliminary findings from our project at the MKEN launch event. We have worked together to develop contacts and new collaborations. We will be presenting at an MKEN event in Blakeney Norfolk presentations on the research we have done, followed by chaired discussion. This is an opportunity for the public and stakeholders to learn more about the research at UEA, how the latest storm surge has affected local people, and to raise concerns and discuss what is important locally in relation to storm surges.
Collaborator Contribution MKEN have provided venues, organisation, contact lists and advertising for our presentations, helping to maximise our research impact.
Impact Presentation and discussion of our project and our research findings to a wide audience, including researchers, stakeholders, policy makers and the general public. Soil Science, Sedimentology, Ecology, Social Science.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Norfolk and Suffolk Coastal Network 
Organisation Marine Knowledge Exchange Network
Department Norfolk and Suffolk Coastal Network
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution MKEN is deputy chair for the Norfolk and Suffolk Coastal Network. The Blue Futures project has a key deliverable which is being produced in partnership with the Norfolk and Suffolk Coastal Network - an online, searchable research database. This will hold a record of all relevant literature, evidence, reports and data that we know about collectively, with reference to the present and future of the coastal zone, and it's connections with the land and sea. The academic team in the Blue Futures project have led the development of this database which now has an intern who has started the job of populating it.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners invested additional funds to enable the building of the online database to be outsourced and an intern employed to start the job of populating it. The coastal network members are helping to submit information and will be promoting the existence of the database amongst their contacts for broader use.
Impact The production of an online, searchable research database.
Start Year 2015
 
Title Marine Knowledge Exchange Network Database Software 
Description Web based software to deliver the web based Marine Knowledge Exchange Network Database. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact The database only went live in March 2017, so too early to determine any impact. 
URL http://db.marineknowledge.org.uk/
 
Description Blue Futures expert workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact An expert workshop panel, to help stress test a scenarios framework for investigating future opportunities for Sustainable Blue (marine) Economic Growth. Taking the novel approach of linking activity across terrestrial, coastal and marine transects, in an integrated futures exercise looking forward 100 years to 2116, using locations in Norfolk and Suffolk as exemplars for this work. A draft framework and set of scenarios were 'stress tested' by an expert panel to shape and test these before rolling them out to a wider audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Blue opportunities from the future: visioning a sustainable New Anglia - Economy 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A workshop to explore the opportunity spaces for sustainable 'blue' growth in the Eastern region, which transverses terrestrial, coastal zone and marine boundaries, using a set of future scenarios for the Eastern region up to the year 2100. This event will address these scenarios to start a process of identifying and exploring some key areas of future opportunity for the region's blue future and identify some key blue growth opportunities set in the context of challenges facing the region's long-term future. The ultimate aim of the project is to deliver a research basis for the potential development of a Blue economy pathfinder for the region. The workshop outputs will feed into a collective vision for a future coastal and marine economy and a set of tools to help sustainable decisions to be made towards a positive future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Blue opportunities from the future: visioning a sustainable New Anglia - Environment 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact A workshop to explore the opportunity spaces for sustainable 'blue' growth in the Eastern region, which transverses terrestrial, coastal zone and marine boundaries, using a set of future scenarios for the Eastern region up to the year 2100. This event will address these scenarios to start a process of identifying and exploring some key areas of future opportunity for the region's blue future and identify some key blue growth opportunities set in the context of challenges facing the region's long-term future. The ultimate aim of the project is to deliver a research basis for the potential development of a Blue economy pathfinder for the region. The workshop outputs will feed into a collective vision for a future coastal and marine economy and a set of tools to help sustainable decisions to be made towards a positive future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Blue opportunities from the future: visioning a sustainable New Anglia - Society 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact A workshop to explore the opportunity spaces for sustainable 'blue' growth in the Eastern region, which transverses terrestrial, coastal zone and marine boundaries, using a set of future scenarios for the Eastern region up to the year 2100. This event will address these scenarios to start a process of identifying and exploring some key areas of future opportunity for the region's blue future and identify some key blue growth opportunities set in the context of challenges facing the region's long-term future. The ultimate aim of the project is to deliver a research basis for the potential development of a Blue economy pathfinder for the region. The workshop outputs will feed into a collective vision for a future coastal and marine economy and a set of tools to help sustainable decisions to be made towards a positive future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Broadland District Council card sorting group 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Used our card sorting exercise to collate knowledge (e.g. collected during workshops, interviews, surveys etc.) in a framework for deeper investigation of this information to identify desireable social, economic and environmental outcomes and map out future pathways towards these outcomes. The method enables us to identify with users the key factors required to achieve these outcomes, and identify known and potential obstacles to reaching the outcomes. The method enables us to place these pathways spatially (geographical location) and temporally (give potential timescales for achieving outcomes). This workshop was the third use of this method with our project users.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Broads Authority card sorting group 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Used our card sorting exercise to collate knowledge (e.g. collected during workshops, interviews, surveys etc.) in a framework for deeper investigation of this information to identify desireable social, economic and environmental outcomes and map out future pathways towards these outcomes. The method enables us to identify with users the key factors required to achieve these outcomes, and identify known and potential obstacles to reaching the outcomes. The method enables us to place these pathways spatially (geographical location) and temporally (give potential timescales for achieving outcomes). This workshop was the fourth use of this method with our project users.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description CEH Coastal Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact CEH Coastal Workshop, Redrawing the coast: an interdisciplinary programme combining marine, freshwater and terrestrial science at the land/sea boundary. The overall aim of the workshop was to build a community to identify opportunities for research collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Defra marine pioneer scoping meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Workshop to develop ideas for a marine pioneer looking at building a resilient coastal and marine zone economy and infrastructure, looking at governance, natural capital approach, trade-offs between different industries and interests etc.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description ESIP workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Workshop to develop the UEA ESIP bid.
Developed a programme of work to connect the breadth of environmental research (which includes climate change, ecology, economics, policy and decision making, molecular biology and aquatic sciences) to the complexity of public and private sector partner decision-making. We identified four key challenge areas; optimising agriculture, ensuring water security and quality, driving blue growth and coastal resilience, and getting the right energy options and exploring opportunities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Final project partners workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Workshop discussing the project findings and defining what the final outputs will be, including the project's key messages.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Growing a Green Economy for the Eastern Region Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Workshop to investigate opportunities for growing the eastern regions Green economy. Resulted in a grant application to the NERC ESIP.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Marine card sorting group (Cefas, MMO, Marine Planning Consultants Ltd.) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact With our project partners, we have developed a card sorting exercise to collate knowledge (e.g. collected during workshops, interviews, surveys etc.) in a framework for deeper investigation of this information to identify desireable social, economic and environmental outcomes and map out future pathways towards these outcomes. The method enables us to identify with our users the key factors required to achieve these outcomes, and identify known and potential obstacles to reaching the outcomes. The method enables us to place these pathways spatially (geographical location) and temporally (give potential timescales for achieving outcomes). This workshop was the first use of this method with our project users (Cefas, MMO, Marine Planning Consultants Ltd.), and enabled us to develop and refine the method.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Natural England - Monitoring and Assessment to Measures in Anglian Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A workshop on "Monitoring and Assessment to Measures in Anglia" (MAMA) to look specifically at how we undertake our near-shore estuarine and coastal monitoring. We will be reviewing how we currently operate so see if there is scope for further improving our collaboration. We would like to explore opportunities for improving how we operate efficiently, collectively and maximise information from our respective monitoring programmes. This will help us better inform the measures that we need to undertake to meet our respective obligations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Norfolk and Suffolk Coastal Network 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The Norfolk and Suffolk Coastal Network is a cross-sectoral group using evidence-based decision making to inform long-term coastal policy and strategic management on a regional level. The network consists of over 30 member organisations with an interest in the management of the East Anglian Coastline. The network is facilitated by the Marine Knowledge Exchange Network.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016,2017
URL https://www.uea.ac.uk/mken/members-zone/norfolk-suffolk-coastal-network
 
Description Norfolk and Suffolk Coastal Network - Management Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Management Group for the Norfolk and Suffolk Coastal Network. Tolhurst voted in as Vice Chair in 2016.
The Norfolk and Suffolk Coastal Network is a cross-sectoral group using evidence-based decision making to inform long-term coastal policy and strategic management on a regional level. The network consists of over 30 member organisations with an interest in the management of the East Anglian Coastline. The network is facilitated by the Marine Knowledge Exchange Network.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017
 
Description Norfolk and Suffolk Coastal Network - full network meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Meeting bringing together cross-sectoral expertise to use evidence-based decision making to inform long-term (c. 100 years) coastal policy and strategic management decisions on a regional level. Exploring the means for establishing an assured coastal zone for East Anglia, in the face of rising sea-levels, coastal erosion and increased storm frequency.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description North Norfolk card sorting workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Used our card sorting exercise to collate knowledge (e.g. collected during workshops, interviews, surveys etc.) in a framework for deeper investigation of this information to identify desireable social, economic and environmental outcomes and map out future pathways towards these outcomes. The method enables us to identify with users the key factors required to achieve these outcomes, and identify known and potential obstacles to reaching the outcomes. The method enables us to place these pathways spatially (geographical location) and temporally (give potential timescales for achieving outcomes). This workshop was the fifth use of this method with our project users.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description North Sea Marine Cluster Board Member 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The North Sea Marine Cluster brings together business, scientific and academic expertise for the benefit of the eastern regional marine sector. NSMC is a not-for-profit collaboration providing a unique opportunity for the members to achieve their shared goals of recognition and growth for the regional marine economy.
Tolhurst became a board member in 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017
 
Description Official Launch of the Norfolk and Suffolk Coastal Network at envEXPO 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Talk officially launching the Norfolk and Suffolk Coastal Network at envEXPO 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Offshore Renewable Energy card sorting group (Orbis Energy) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Used our card sorting exercise to collate knowledge (e.g. collected during workshops, interviews, surveys etc.) in a framework for deeper investigation of this information to identify desireable social, economic and environmental outcomes and map out future pathways towards these outcomes. The method enables us to identify with users the key factors required to achieve these outcomes, and identify known and potential obstacles to reaching the outcomes. The method enables us to place these pathways spatially (geographical location) and temporally (give potential timescales for achieving outcomes). This workshop was the second use of this method with our project users.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Our future coast: envisioning the 100 year coast 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact In recent years, marine and coastal management has shifted from being responsive and reactive to being more anticipatory and adaptive. This workshop brought together academic researchers, policy makers and coastal management practitioners to consider the opportunities and challenges arising from the future changes facing the East Anglian coastline. A series of interactive activities initiated creative discussions amongst participants about the long-term social, economic and environmental changes affecting the region's coastline; participants at the workshop also developed a novel timeline of impacts. Discussions identified key tipping points and drivers of change that can support future adaptive coastal planning strategies.
A draft report has been produced.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Project Partners Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Workshop with the project partners to update them on progress and project findings to date and plan the next phase of work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Suffolk Coast and Estuaries Community Conference 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Manning exhibitor table for the Norfolk and Suffolk Coastal Network and Marine Knowledge Exchange Network, provided leaflets outlining this project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Suffolk card sorting workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Used our card sorting exercise to collate knowledge (e.g. collected during workshops, interviews, surveys etc.) in a framework for deeper investigation of this information to identify desireable social, economic and environmental outcomes and map out future pathways towards these outcomes. The method enables us to identify with users the key factors required to achieve these outcomes, and identify known and potential obstacles to reaching the outcomes. The method enables us to place these pathways spatially (geographical location) and temporally (give potential timescales for achieving outcomes). This workshop was the sixth use of this method with our project users.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018