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Call for papers - Special issue on Marine Spatial Planning

  • 1.  Call for papers - Special issue on Marine Spatial Planning

    Posted 05-16-2018 17:07
    Call for Papers
    Critical turn in Marine Spatial Planning - whence and whither?
    Thematic Series in Maritime Studies
    Guest Editors: Wesley Flannery, Hilde Toonen,  Stephen Jay, and Joanna Vince


    While area-based approaches to marine management have a long history, Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) has risen to become the dominant marine management paradigm. Over the last 10 years, MSP has been championed as a solution to a plethora of marine issues. MSP is promoted as: a process for implementing ecosystem-based management in the marine environment; a mechanism for reducing user conflict; as a means of enhancing environmental protection; and a process for facilitating the expansion of maritime economies. While MSP has become a popular subject of academic scrutiny, there is a dearth of theoretically-informed, social science MSP papers. This has resulted in calls for a critical turn in MSP scholarship. We view this Thematic Series as an opportunity to answer these calls.

    The Thematic Series invites papers which provide theoretically-informed reflections on MSP. The Thematic Series aims to bring together a variety of disciplinary perspectives from the social sciences (anthropology, sociology, political science, planning, etc.) to reflect on a decade of MSP scholarship, practice and policy. Topics may include, but are not limited to: how space is/may be conceptualised in MSP; applying theories of power, justice and equity to MSP; scalar and temporal issues; how MSP may be linked with human wellbeing and SDGs ; (mis-) fit of the MSP paradigm for issues in the global South; relational models of marine space; ontological and epistemological approaches to understanding social space in the marine environment; and theories of communities and local knowledge.

    Abstracts of no more than 300 words can be submitted to: and

    Important Dates:

    Submission of Abstract: 15 July 2018

    Notification to authors: 1 September 2018

    Final versions due: 1 July 2019


    Overview of Journal and style guide:


    Guest editors: Wesley Flannery (Queen's University Belfast), Hilde Toonen (Wageningen University),  Stephen Jay (University of Liverpool), and Joanna Vince (University of Tasmania)

    Dr Joanna Vince
    University of Tasmania