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About Us

The One Ocean Hub is an independent programme for collaborative research for development, funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). GCRF is a key component in delivering the UK AID strategy and puts UK-led research at the heart of efforts to tackle the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The Hub is a community of scholars from 22 leading international Universities and Research Centres from the UK, South Africa, Ghana, Namibia, Kenya, the South Pacific and the Caribbean. The Hub is led and hosted by the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK.

We are working together with 30+ Project Partners, including UN Agencies, regional intergovernmental organisations, national government departments, community representatives, NGOs, charities and media organisations.

We are united in a shared passion for the ocean and optimistic in our search for transformative approaches.

The Hub is funded for an initial 5 years from 1st March 2019 to 1st March 2024.

Our Objectives

The One Ocean Hub aims to transform our response to the urgent challenges facing our ocean. Its research seeks to bridge current disconnections in law, science and policy and integrate governance frameworks to balance multiple ocean uses with conservation. It strives to empower the communities, women and children, most reliant upon the oceans to inform decisions based on multiple values and knowledge systems.

The Hub specifically addresses the challenges and opportunities of South Africa, Namibia, Ghana, Fiji and Solomon Islands, through collaborative, transdisciplinary research.

Our vision Hub: integrated ocean governance for equitable and inclusive sustainability.

4 specific objectives will guide our research:

  • to connect norms across sectors at all levels, to enhance the implementation of international law; protect the rights of, and empower, vulnerable communities, women and youth to shape ocean governance at different levels; and strengthen the voice of Low and Middle Income Countries in international fora;

  • to integrate knowledge systems across sectors and scales to collaboratively advance ocean stewardship, science and governance to predict, prevent and manage negative environmental, economic and socio-cultural impacts, including in data- and technology-constrained contexts;

  • to enable dialogue across sectors and communities on the basis of improved understanding of “hidden” trade-offs across competing sectors and different values and (world)views, and through emotional (re)engagement of diverse actors with the ocean; and

  • to empower sustainable and fair partnerships, so that decisions regarding the conservation of the ocean and its uses support fair and equitable sharing of benefits that enhance the wellbeing, resilience and livelihoods of vulnerable groups.

Our Code of Practice

As we set-out on the Hub journey in early 2019, Hub researchers from across all Hub regions began to co-develop a Code of Practice to guide our research in a fair and equitable manner. This Code of Practice is the framework in which we will conduct all of our research and activities under or associated with the Hub. We hope that this Code of Practice may serve as a useful resource for other collaborative research for development initiatives and would welcome any feedback on it. If you would like any further information about our Code of Practice please contact us.

One Ocean Hub - Code of Practice

Code of Practice

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One Ocean Hub - Introduction and Overview

Introduction and Overview

Research Partners

strath one ocean hub partner
GSA one ocean hub partner
University of Southampton one ocean hub partner
Nelson Mandela University
USP one ocean hub partner
IIED one ocean hub partner
University of Edinburgh
UoP one ocean hub partner
BGS one ocean hub partner
UCC one ocean hub partner
Cave Hill crest one ocean hub partner
HW one ocean hub partner
Rhodes university one ocean hub partner
Maseno one ocean hub partner
INSERM one ocean hub partner
SAMS one ocean hub partner
noc one ocean hub partner
UCt one ocean hub partner

Project Partners

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SANBI(1) project partner ooh
FAO project partner ooh
UNDOALOS project partner ooh
African Women in Science and Engineering project partner ooh
UNESCO IOC project partner ooh
atps project partner ooh
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SAEON project partner ooh
SAERI project partner ooh
UNEP project partner ooh
OPOC-LOGO project partner ooh
Commonwealth project partner ooh
Hen Mpoano project partner ooh
UNDP project partner ooh
Mongabay project partner ooh
Birdlife project partner ooh
CMS project partner ooh