UKRI appoints St Andrews Champions for the Strategic Priorities Fund research programme SMMR

Congratulations to..

David Paterson and Mark James on their NERC award for “Sustainable management of UK marine resources”, £1,080,362

UKRI have appointed Professor David M. Paterson and Dr Mark James of the Scottish Oceans Institute, University of St Andrews, to be the Champions for the Strategic Priorities Fund research programme “Sustainable Management of UK Marine Resources (SMMR)”.

This £12 million programme will improve understanding of societal perspectives and behaviours concerning the marine environment, and integrate this into systems-based approaches that support the development and analysis of interventions and inform effective decision-making for marine management and policy development.

As thought leaders for the programme, the Champions play a number of roles on behalf of the programme: aid in the development of a strong interdisciplinary community of researchers and stakeholders; ensuring strong programme wide engagement with a diverse stakeholder community; lead on the communication and implementation strategy for the programme; and develop strategies for promoting effective dialogue and engagement with wider national and international communities and initiatives.

The Champions, together with Dr Emma C Defew (also of the Scottish Oceans Institute, University of St Andrews) will work alongside the UKRI delivery team to ensure the effective delivery of this research programme and the best possible outcomes. This UKRI programme is a collaboration led by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), and will be delivered through an open call for proposals. Anyone interested in finding out more should consider attending the SMMR workshop at the end of March 2020.

Contact SMMR Champions team at: smmruk@st-andrews.ac.uk