Who are you?

Thinking about who I am, a coastal professional, right?

Thinking about who I am, a coastal professional, right?

If I asked you who you were what would you say? Perhaps you might start with your nationality, age, gender, height, passions, interests or your name.

Generally your response will follow the context on where you are. For instance, if I am out at a bar, I commonly say, a coastal researcher, perhaps a coastal scientist. If I am in a social setting where I could engage in a deeper conversation I say, a social and environmental entrepreneur. If I am at family BBQ I respond in regards to what I am up to, say, a PhD student.

Perhaps I should really rephrase the question to probe what I really want to know. What do you do for a job, what’s your profession?

Now, if you work professionally in the management of the coast (e.g. coastal management), would you say, a coastal professional? Would you break it down further, an engineer, lawyer, economist, community engagement educator, project manager, historian, artist….

If I met you at a bar, social setting or a family BBQ, my following questions would be?

Who are you as a coastal professional? How do you see the coast? How do you manage the coast? What are your conditions, cultures, conflicts, consensus, what are your social and construction theories of the coast?  What are you coastal values, motivations, passions, interests, ideas and visions?

Consider yourself lucky or unlucky, as I am embarking on these questions, so we, being coastal professionals will know who we are for the protection and management of the coast.

2 thoughts on “Who are you?

  1. Hi Naomi
    It’s refreshing to see someone asking these questions as i have been a coastal proffessional for around 10 years and it’s still really hard to define my roles and practices to anyone. So thanks for asking and good luck on your journey.

    Be well

    • Thanks Wendy. Perhaps look out for my national survey next year. It is really interesting that we focus so much on the uncertainty of the environment and the markets, but rarely do an inward reflection to understand where we need to be and what skills do we need now to be ready to ‘manage’ all this uncertainty talk.

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