New episode of the Hub Podcast: Children’s rights and the ocean

In the episode 3 of the One Ocean Hub podcast, Knowledge Exchange Associate Milica Prokic talks to early-career researchers Sophie Shields (One Ocean Hub/ Inspiring Children’s Futures, University of Strathclyde, UK) Mia Strand (Nelson Mandela University, South Africa),  about children’s right to be heard on the ocean-climate nexus, ocean literacies and why literacies, plural, is both intended and needed , the General Comment No 26 on children’s human rights and a healthy environment, as discussed their two new joint publications, and summarised in two recent policy briefs (here and here).  

Mia Strand recently defended her PhD thesis on art-based participatory research in co-producing knowledge with Indigenous and local communities for more equitable ocean governance in South Africa (congrats, Mia!). Her current research interests include social justice and inclusivity in ocean governance, arts-based methods, transdisciplinary research, cultural heritage and cultural connections to the ocean, children’s rights to a healthy environment and improving participation in international ocean governance processes.  

Sophie Shileds is an early-career researcher at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, where she wears two hats: of the One Ocean Hub researcher working on children’s human rights and the ocean; and of a policy impact specialist at the Institute for Inspiring Children’s Futures also at University of Strathclyde. Her current research interests include: children’s human right to a healthy environment, as well as meaningful, participatory, people-centred & local human rights; youth empowerment and intergenerational partnership. 

In the new year, we are looking forward to talking to: 

  • Buhle Francis (Rhodes University, South Africa) and Aphiwe Moshani(University of Cape Town, South Africa) on gender and ocean, as well as  
  • Kira Erwin(Durban University of Technology South Africa), Elsemi Olwage (University of Namibia) on transdisciplinarity; and 
  • Nina Rivers (Rhodes University, South Africa) on knowledge integration. 

We look forward to expanding our podcast series in 2024. If you wish to join the conversation and chat with us on all things ocean, please feel free to reach out to the Hub’s Knowledge Exchange Associate – a historian, artist and island enthusiast Milica Prokic (

Tune in to Episode 3 and other podcasts here:

Related SDGs:

  • No poverty
  • Quality education
  • Gender equality
  • Reduced inequality
  • Sustainable cities and communities
  • Responsible consumption and production
  • Climate action
  • Life below water