Corporate report

Social Research Strategy

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) developed a Social Research Strategy (SRS) to direct their social evidence and research programme.



Socio-economics have been identified as one of the 8 priority research areas outlined in the Strategic Evidence Plan. The cross-cutting nature of social research across the MMO’s priority research programmes and the MMO operational functions stimulated the development of this SRS as an important addendum to the SEP.

The purpose of this strategy is to enable the MMO to develop its social research capacity and capability, so that it can fully integrate social considerations into not only marine planning but also licensing, fisheries management and conservation. This SRS informs the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and other relevant bodies of the MMO’s priorities for social research and facilitates partnership working in this important area.