Turning the tide of parachute science

Stefanoudis, Paris V., Licuanan, Wilfredo Y., Morrison, Tiffany H., Talma, Sheena, Veitayaki, Joeli, and Woodall, Lucy C. (2021) Turning the tide of parachute science. Current Biology, 31 (4). R184-R185.

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Abstract

Parachute science is the practice whereby international scientists, typically from higher-income countries, conduct field studies in another country, typically of lower income, and then complete the research in their home country without any further effective communication and engagement with others from that nation. It creates dependency on external expertise, does not address local research needs, and hinders local research efforts. As global hotspots of marine biodiversity, lower-income nations in the tropics have for too long been the subject of inequitable and unfair research practices1. However, to date there has been little quantifiable evidence of this phenomenon in marine science. Here, we provide evidence through systematic literature searches and queries that parachute science practices are still widespread in marine research and make some recommendations to help change the current status quo.

Item ID: 66906
Item Type: Article (Short Note)
ISSN: 1879-0445
Keywords: Marine Protected Areas; Marine Parks; Small-scale Fisheries
Copyright Information: © 2021 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2021 22:35
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4407 Policy and administration > 440704 Environment policy @ 60%
31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3199 Other biological sciences > 319999 Other biological sciences not elsewhere classified @ 40%
SEO Codes: 19 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY, CLIMATE CHANGE AND NATURAL HAZARDS > 1902 Environmental policy, legislation and standards > 190299 Environmental policy, legislation and standards not elsewhere classified @ 50%
13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1303 Ethics > 130303 Environmental ethics @ 50%
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