The Centre for Systems Thinking: Ocean, Land and Society champions a whole-system transdisciplinary approach to solutions-oriented research. As ambassadors, we promote understanding and improving complex issues by viewing and addressing the whole of the problem, and train our students to be the next generation of system thinkers.
The centre brings together an unrivalled critical mass of catchment-coast-ocean expertise from across the University’s Strategic Research Institutes to improve planetary health. Typically scientists – natural and social – come together with health, arts and humanities researchers, government, industry and communities, to address 21st century challenges alongside national and international policy. Working in such an interconnected way we can facilitate, and lead, collaborations to co-create large-scale, lasting and nature-positive sustainable solutions that equally support better economic and societal outcomes alongside local to global priorities.
Sustainable marine ecosystems to benefit coastal communities in Southeast Asia: Blue Communities
Connecting academia and stakeholders to maximise societal value in offshore energy: Supergen ORE
Taking a systems approach to marine pollution: International Marine Litter Research Unit
Care for the land project: 'Jali Ardhi'
Marine Protected Areas: Monitoring the Lyme Bay exclusion zone
South West Partnership for Environment and Economic Prosperity (SWEEP)
Inclusive decision-making to conservation the oceans: One Ocean Hub
Mining marine environments for novel biologics: Deep-sea discovery
Decommissioning – Relative Effects of Alternative Management Strategies
A science consensus on marine man-made structures: INSITE Synthesis
Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Management of UK Marine Resources (CDT SuMMeR)
Designed to deliver the next generation of innovative transdisciplinary engaged researchers, solution providers and practitioners needed to support governmental and non-governmental sectors to ensure sustainable management of our marine resources.
Find out about research and funded PhD scholarships with the Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Management of UK Marine Resources (CDT SuMMeR)
Providing evidence to support policy-making processes
The University of Plymouth has a prestigious record of engaging with and influencing policy, from legislation on microplastics, to innovation in offshore renewable energy to the health of coastal communities. We work with local, regional, national and international partners across a range of complex policy issues including soil erosion, anti-microbial resistance and digital interventions for Parkinsons’ sufferers.
Professor Melanie Austen
Professor of Ocean and Society
Director of the Centre for Systems Thinking
Professor Richard Thompson OBE FRS
Director of the Marine Institute
Professor of Marine Biology
Professor Sheena Asthana
Director of Plymouth Institute of Health and Care Research
Professor of Health Policy
Professor Will Blake
Professor of Catchment Science
Director of the Sustainable Earth Institute
For further information about the Centre for Systems Thinking, or to collaborate with us, please contact Mel Austen by emailing email@example.com.
Centre for Coastal Communities
Finding solutions to the challenges facing coastal communities.
The University of Plymouth is one of the few UK Higher Education Institutions with a critical mass of academics with a proven track record of research on coastal communities. The Centre for Systems Thinking connects with the Centre for Coastal Communities, bringing together researchers looking at coastal economic performance, deprivation, migration, educational underperformance, displaced populations, health and social care, the blue economy (renewable energy, fisheries, aquaculture, tourism, recreation and leisure), plastic pollution and economic, social and environmental policy for coastal communities.
Find out about research at the
Centre for Coastal Communities