Sea Grant and the social sciences

Heather Triezenberg, the new social scientist with the national Sea Grant office, let a breakfast-hour discussion about how and why we should integrate social science into our biophysical science projects.

Why: Social sciences offer the best techniques for measuring change in human behavior, something we’re being asked to measure as we try to determine program impacts. Social sciences are “how we study ourselves,” Triezenberg said.

How: Social science offers a rich literature and many models to inform our outreach and engagement process. Take a look at her presentation:

(Downloadable .pdf version)

If you’re interested in getting regular updates about Sea Grant’s social science efforts and being part of that discussion, contact heather.triezenberg@noaa.gov or call her at (301)734-1274,

Resources: http://science2action.org/

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About Pat Kight, Oregon Sea Grant

Web and blog administrator, Oregon Sea Grant, Oregon State University.
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