To contribute to more ecological ways of thinking about humans as part of oceans and coastal ecologies amongst individuals, community groups and policy makers.  

Moving Oceans research project that tests assumptions about the environmental ethics produced through of ocean lifestyle sports. This aim explores the role of ocean lifestyle sports in developing ecological sensibilities (ethics and practices of care and obligation) for ocean and coastal ecologies.  

By engaging with issues of sustainability, pollution, climate justice, and adaptation, the findings will contribute to local-global conversations with ocean-user individuals, groups and institutions responsible for the management of ocean and coastal spaces. That is, it will develop a clear understanding of the potential of ocean lifestyle sports cultures and practices in caring for oceans and coasts. 

This project is funded by the Australian Research Council as a Discovery Early Research Award, hosted by The University of Queensland School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences. 


This project uses interviews, fieldwork and media analysis to: 

  • Collect lived knowledges and experiences of oceans and coasts by talking to and surfing and swimming with diverse ocean lifestyle sports participants 
  • Examine activist practices on social media 
  • Include greater diversity in discussions about issues of caring for oceans and coasts 
  • Encourage the sense of responsibility among ocean-users, including an awareness of people as part of ecologies 
  • Advocate for more ethical processes for imagining marine and coastal management 
Our invitation

We would love to hear from you. 

Moving Oceans is grounded with a deep understanding that we may not all share the same ideology, mindset and values. With an interest in engaging in discussions and debates, and willingness to share information, we invite individuals, journalists, community groups, coastal managers and policy-makers to engage in the politics of ocean lifestyle sports – cultural and identity politics, the critiques of settler-colonial impacts and arguments for more diversity and inclusion.

As this project progresses, this website will evolve.

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