Marine Protected Species and Conservation
Applications in this category will ideally relate to the effects upon marine protected species, their conservation and management, of the following:
- Climate change on marine coastal ecosystems.
- Coastal zone management/marine spatial planning.
- Marine disaster/climate resilient development.
- We are particularly interested in proposals which focus on developing methodologies for prediction of and strategies for protection against the effects of future climate change scenarios in marine coastal environments and the challenges and opportunities faced by small nations with large coastlines (relative to their size).
Climate Change and Conservation
Proposals within this theme should ideally focus on the impact of climate change upon species distributions and the challenges of conservation and management of these species and habitats in small territories.
Proposals may be based on selected species or habitats, or on wider policy and management frameworks, and should involve elements of modelling and mapping future scenarios and critical consideration of the multi-stakeholder issues raised by these. Proposals that focus on species or habitats that are special to Gibraltar would be welcomed.
Urban-Adapted Wildlife Species in Gibraltar
Gibraltar has an extensive network of protected areas and is densely populated. In such an environment, wildlife and humans inevitably come into contact with each other regularly. In particular, Barbary Macaques (Macaca sylvanus
) and Yellow-legged Gulls (Larus michahellis
) constantly penetrate the urban environment and often come into conflict with humans, due to factors such as noise, damage to property and stealing of food.
Given the ease with which these species can be studied, they make ideal subjects for studies on human-wildlife interaction/conflict, management and conflict resolution. Such studies will focus on humans – including their behaviour as well as the other species, and can be extended to embrace historico-cultural elements, such as the well-known relationship between the macaques’ presence and continued British possession of the Rock. Proposals in this theme should ideally involve research into innovative strategies and approaches to tackle such problems in a small community.
Environmental Education and Community Engagement
Proposals within this theme will relate to research covering the potential within Gibraltar for generating novel approaches to compulsory education and their wider impact on society, particularly in small communities, using Gibraltar as a microcosmic environment for promoting innovation which could have global significance and application.
Possible research areas include innovative practice in teaching and learning, policy and practice in education, development of innovative pedagogies and materials, strategies for teacher professional development and the effects of new approaches and technologies such as e-learning, amongst others.
Higher Education and Pedagogy
Proposals within this theme will relate to research covering the potential for generating novel approaches to Higher Education, Education and Pedagogy and their wider impact within society, particularly in small communities.
Proposals using Gibraltar as a microcosmic environment for promoting innovation which could have global significance and application are of particular interest. Possible research areas include innovative practice in teaching and learning, policy and practice in education, development of innovative pedagogies and materials, novel strategies for educator professional development and the effects of new approaches and technologies.
Tourism and Hospitality
Tourism and Hospitality-related activities underpin a significant portion of the local economy, with Gibraltar attracting millions of visitors annually. Proposals in this area will focus on studies that would explore fresh and practical approaches to improve and develop this sector, using Gibraltar as a test-bed for promoting innovation that would generate globally-relevant original contributions in this dynamic field.
Possible research areas include the development of novel methods in tourism entrepreneurship, development of tourist and hospitality markets, strategies for improving service quality and the tourist experience, amongst others.