In 2013, the GAP2 project ran a two-day workshop in Chioggia (Venice), Italy to enhance GAP2 scientists’ knowledge in methods used in social science research.
Running from Thursday 7th February until Friday 8th, the workshop provided training for the scientists involved in the study on methods such as interviewing, observing, filming and mapping so as to maximise the outcomes of the time scientists and fishermen spend together in this project.
The idea for the workshop first arose in July 2012, after the annual GAP2 meeting in Brussels. Most of the scientists involved in GAP2 are from natural science backgrounds and many requested training in methods used in social science research. As the case studies focus on communicating, participating and knowledge gather in conjunction with fishermen, the importance of these methods and techniques cannot be understated.
GAP2 is all about sharing knowledge and the social scientists involved in the project proposed developing a workshop, to provide training for this type of research and produce focused guidelines to help the case study teams. The subsequent workshop was run by Dr. Maiken Bjørkan, Dr. Mark Dubois and Dr. Marloes Kraan for all those participating in GAP2 with an interest in social science techniques. All three work in fisheries institutes and are experienced in working with fishermen and employing multiple social science methods in their research.
The different methods that training was provided were split into three categories:
I. Interviews, questionnaires and focus groups.
II. Mapping (cognitive maps and GIS-maps).
III. Observing and filming.
Key to the workshop’s set up was a “learning by doing” approach employed. The organisers provided the participants with guidance on the basics of social science methods, giving them the confidence to use these wider varieties in their case studies.
You can see the presentation given by Dr. Bjørkan, at the very start of the workshop, on the importance of Fishermen’s Ecological Knowledge here.
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Social Science Workshop Interview with Martin Pastoors, discussing outcomes of the workshop and his interests in participatory research.
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A presentation given by Dr. Maiken Bjørkan at the beginning of GAP2’s social science workshop during February, 2013 in Chioggia, Venice, Italy. Originally presented at the University of Tromsø, Norway in November 2012, the presentation explains how Traditional/Fishermens/Local Ecological Knowledge …
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On the 7th & 8th of February, 2013, the GAP2 project ran a two-day workshop in Chioggia (Venice), Italy to enhance GAP2 scientists’ knowledge in methods used in social science research. You can read about the workshop here. GAP2 scientist …
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