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: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Submission of Abstract: 15 July 2018
Notification to authors: 1 September 2018
Final versions due: 1 July 2019
Overview of Journal and style guide: https://www.springer.com/social+sciences/journal/40152
Guest editors: Wesley Flannery (Queen's University Belfast), Hilde Toonen (Wageningen University), Stephen Jay (University of Liverpool), and Joanna Vince (University of Tasmania)