Advancing knowledge co-production for coastal sustainability

Slide RESEARCH ON MAIN DRIVERS of environmental and social-economic changes in the Coast of Chile and the conditions that hinders sustainability Slide KNOWLEDGE CO-PRODUCTION
of innovative solutions for coastal sustainability

Advancing knowledge co-production for coastal sustainability

of environmental and socioeconomic changes on the Coast of Chile and the conditions that hinders sustainability
and innovative solutions for coastal sustainability

Knowledge Co-production

The Coastal Social-Ecological Millennium Institute (SECOS), created in December 2020, is a center of excellence of the Millennium program of the National Research and Development Agency (ANID), part of the Ministry of Science, Technology, Knowledge and Innovation of Chile.

Through interdisciplinary collaborative research with multiple social actors, the strengthening of human resources in science, the communication of science and by innovative new processes of public participation, SECOS address urgent questions about sustainability at the chilean coast.

Social-Ecological Systems

SECOS Millennium Institute contributes to coastal sustainability in Chile through cutting-edge research in three key Social-Ecological Systems (SES): Artisanal Fisheries, Shellfish Aquaculture and Coastal Development, where science, practice, policy and business interact.

Artisanal fisheries

Artisanal fisheries

Adaptive Capacity and ecosystem services in the context of territorial user right policies, Ecosystem Based Management associated to the development of multi-stakeholder polycentric fisheries policies for fish, invertebrates and algae, and Indigenous Communities’ rights, associated to policies, environmental drivers and justice.
Shellfish Aquaculture

Shellfish Aquaculture

Within the aquaculture SES, research will focus on shellfish Aquaculture, and its multiple environmental stressors (e.g. ocean acidification, deoxygenation, pollution) and adaptive capacity, and; Smallholder Aquaculture, focusing on socio-cultural drivers of change, innovation and policy.
Coastal Development

Coastal Development

Tourism, focusing on SES tradeoffs and planning between mega-development and small enterprises and; freshwater-seawater interactions mainly SES incoherencies in planning and impacts of emerging interactions, such as water highways and desalination plants, which have consequences over biogeochemical cycles and coastal planning and policy.


Latest publications

  • Article/Paper
    + Monitoring the fabric of nature: using allometric trophic network models and observations to assess policy effects on biodiversity
    Navarrete SA, Ávila-Thieme MI,
    Valencia D, Génin A, Gelcich S.
    Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. 2023.| Volume 387, 20220189
  • Article/Paper
    + NetworkExtinction: An R package to simulate extinction propagation and rewiring potential in ecological networks
    Ávila-Thieme MI,
    Kusch E, Corcoran D, Castillo SP, Valdovinos FS, Navarrete SA, Marquet PA.
    Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 2023 |
  • Report
    + Hacia la sustentabilidad en la pesquería artesanal de merluza común
    Oceana, Future of Fish, Advanced Conservation Strategies y SECOS. 2023.|
    Ver informe aquí
  • Article/Paper
    + Inclusive diets within planetary boundaries
    Kawarazuka N, Mabhaudhi T, Green R, Scheelbeek P, Ambikapathi R, Robinson J, Mangnus E, Béné C, Cavatassi R, Kalita U, Gelcich S, Cheserek M, Mbago-Bhunu S, Trevenen-Jones A.
    One Earth. 2023.| Volume 6, 443
  • Article/Paper
    + Comparative population genetics of congeneric limpets across a biogeographic transition zone reveals common patterns of genetic structure and demographic history
    Peluso L, Broitman BR, Lardies MA, Nespolo RF, Saenz-Agudelo P
    Molecular Ecology. 2023.|

Arts+Science Integration & Outreach

Art, in its multiple forms, has the potential to influence values and emotional connections with the environment. SECOS leads transformative research on the art-science interface. Scientific results provide content, strategies, and guidance to the outreach program, which feedback to art-science research. SECOS outreach program includes field-tested initiatives, incorporates art into science education activities, develops scientific and naturalistic illustration training courses, art residencies within learning platforms that includes contemporary artists and artisans, and art-workshops associated to the Social-Ecological Systems research.

Associate researchers


Adjunt & young researchers


Postdoctoral researchers


Graduate & undergraduate students


Social-Ecological Systems


Learning platforms

Science & Public policy

We investigate innovative ways to provide knowledge to the decision-making and law-making processes. We co-produce scientific knowledge within the Social-Ecological Systems, which informs regulatory discussions from an «Honest Knowledge Broker» focus.

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