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Dr. Tiffany Smythe
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Dr. Tiffany Smythe is a social scientist who uses research methods derived from the fields of anthropology, sociology, political science, and land use planning to investigate ocean and coastal management problems. Her research explores strategies for understanding and improving ocean and waterfront space management and environmental decision-making. Smythe’s research agenda is focused primarily on coastal and marine spatial planning and on the use of mental models and social network analytical methods to investigate how coastal management practitioners develop and implement coastal ecosystem-based management plans. Her research on marine spatial planning includes investigating how the tenets of land use planning can help improve ocean planning efforts; exploring perceived and observed conflicts between commercial fishing activity and offshore renewable energy development; evaluating marine spatial planning stakeholder processes; and improving methods of mapping and analyzing human uses of offshore waters. Her work with mental models and social network analysis is focused on refining the use of these methods to understand and improve collaborative planning and decision-making. In particular, she is exploring the social capital of “brokers” – people who facilitate the flow of information and resources between those who are not otherwise connected – in ecosystem-based management planning processes.

Areas of Research
  • Maritime Governance
  • Port and Coastal Management
  • Marine Environment
  • Marine Natural Resources