Rethinking Maritime Spatial Planning, Sept 2019 – Marine Coastal Cultures




Spatial Methods on the Land-Sea Interface: Rethinking Maritime Spatial Planning

11-13th September 2019, College of Hamburg, Institute for Geography


Beneath the EU Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) Directive adopted in 2014, Member States are tasked with the preparation of maritime spatial plans by 2021. These plans are required to ‘take into consideration land-sea interactions’ and ‘ought to purpose to combine the maritime dimension of some coastal makes use of or actions and their impacts’ (EU 2014, 138). Accordingly, inshore territorial waters should be included inside both marine spatial plans or land-based spatial plans the place they prolong past the shoreline (EU 2014, 140, Article 2:1). Modern and future challenges of local weather change adaptation, coastal erosion and sea-level rise underline the necessity for visionary and inclusive spatial methods on the coast (O’ Riordan et al 2014, Walsh 2019).

Expertise to this point, nonetheless, signifies that MSP occupies a distinct institutional and coverage area to land-based terrestrial spatial planning. MSP has emerged inside a marine administration context and for essentially the most half constitutes its personal epistemic neighborhood, at a distance from present developments and debates in spatial planning analysis and observe on land (Jay 2010, Kidd & Ellis 2012). And though MSP is changing into established as a proper coverage instrument utilized in a coordinated method throughout Europe, European terrestrial spatial planning has reached an deadlock, with a discernible shift away from bold spatial methods at nationwide and regional scales (Salet 2016). Moreover, as insurance policies and practices of built-in coastal zone administration are displaced by means of a spotlight of consideration on MSP, there’s a threat of a ‘new coastal squeeze’the place the land and marine turn into institutionalised as distinct coverage areas (Shipman & Stojanovic 2007, 389, Walsh & Kannen 2019).

There may be, nonetheless, elevated recognition of the contested context of competing pursuits, perceptions, values and worldviews inside which MSP is practiced (Ritchie & Ellis, 2010, Flannery et al 2018). Kidd and Shaw (2014), particularly, critique the dominant instrumental view of MSP as a rational, technical technique of common applicability, contending that marine spatial planning is ‘a social and political course of that’s inevitably extremely differentiated and place-specific’ (2014, 1536). Jay (2012, 2013) has extra particularly critiqued the spatialities underlying present MSP practices, calling for relational views rather than useful zoning. Extra just lately, he has explored the potential for extra progressive MSP practices impressed by theoretical work on mushy areas and the vigorous materiality of marine area (Jay 2018). Essential views by Smith & Brennan (2012) and Bode (2015) have in the meantime challenged dominant methods of representing area in MSP whereas latest contributions from cultural geography and spatial planning have critically examined the development of place, area and panorama in modern practices of coastal planning and administration (Walsh & Döring 2018). Working extra carefully inside the MSP coverage framework, Gee (2010) and Gee et al (2017) have launched the ideas of seascape values and culturally important areas in an effort to focus consideration on place-based cultural meanings and values inside MSP. Most just lately, Trouillet et al (2019) have produced experimental different mappings for MSP primarily based on spatial information generated by fishers and fishery organisations.

It’s in opposition to this background that this workshop will discover and critically mirror on the capability for MSP and spatial planning extra broadly to handle the challenges posed by the sustainable governance of the land-sea interface. Moderately than in search of to offer proof to help planning processes we hope enhance understanding of such processes and to foster a extra crucial, reflexive dialogue between analysis and observe. Particularly, we search to give attention to the spatial dimensions of MSP and spatial planning on the coast, and their articulations in observe. Key subjects for dialogue and reflection embrace the capability of MSP to work with relational connections throughout area and the potential to interact with place-based knowledges and a number of methods of realizing the ocean. The workshop will embrace a mixture of keynote shows, panel discussions with practitioners, interactive break-out periods and a restricted variety of analysis papers solicited by means of this open name for papers. Particularly we’re serious about theoretically knowledgeable contributions which handle a number of of the next features:

  • Present practices in spatial strategy-making on the land-sea interface
  • Different spatialities in MSP: e.g. working with relational area, mushy areas, peopled seascapes
  • Built-in spatial methods on the land-sea interface: present challenges and transformative potential


To contribute a paper please a submit a proposed title and an summary of max. 400 phrases to Dr. Cormac Walsh at cormac.walsh(at) by 15.07.2019. We intend to publish a number of papers from this work within the type of a journal particular challenge. Additional particulars can be offered at a later date.

To register for this workshop (required do you have to want to current a paper or not), please e-mail Sarah Topfstädt at sarah.topfstaedt(at) together with your identify, affiliation and any particular dietary necessities. The deadline for registration is 15.07.2019.Please word that locations are restricted and choice could also be given to those that are actively engaged with the precise subject of the workshop in their very own analysis / observe. There may be no registration charge. We could also be ready to subsidise journey prices for early profession researchers who will current a paper and would not have entry journey funding. Do tell us if this is applicable to you.


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