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Yoshitaka Ota | How to measure ocean equity?

September 23, 2021

Yoshitaka Ota has a background in social anthropology at the University College London. Yoshi has conducted ethnographic research on various coastal communities, including Palau, UK, Indonesia and Japan, studying the socialization and cultural meanings associated with fishing practices. For the last ten years, he has been engaged in policy research involving coastal indigenous communities, marine spatial planning and human security. Yoshi is also the director of the Nippon Foundation Ocean Nexus Center, an international initiative comprising an interdisciplinary team of 20+ institutes. His core research interest is to understand how to strengthen social equity in ocean governance while we face global environmental changes. His unit is consisted of a team of cross-disciplinary scholars.

How to measure ocean equity?

March 2, 2022


Ocean Nexus has a goal to put social equity at the centre of ocean governance. To do so, we must develop a comprehensive method to measure equity. But how can we do so and what is the point of measuring equity? Our process involves three steps: 1) recognize the inequity, 2) recover from harm, and 3) reverse the power structure causing the inequity. Based on these three points, we consider a methodological framework to address the intangible nature of inequity and how to overcome the difficulty in expressing progress in ocean equity.


Ocean Nexus was featured in December 4th 2021 edition of The Economist, read it here.