Wednesday, June 26 • 13:00 - 14:30
Critical turn in marine spatial planning- whence and whither? (4)

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Chaired by: Flannery, W., Toonen, H. Jay, S. & Vince, J.

Critical turn in Marine Spatial Planning - whence and whither?
Wesley Flannery, Hilde Toonen, Stephen Jay & 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. In response to this, a Thematic Series was developed for Maritime Studies. This session is comprised of papers accepted for the Thematic Series and provides a wide range of theoretically-informed reflections on MSP. The papers cover, amongst other things, knowledge production, the socio-spatial construction of the marine environment; social justice; the contested nature of the marine problem and evaluates emerging MSP practices in both the Global North and the Global South. The session, therefore, provides a comprehensive overview of critical thinking within MSP, and will lead to debate and discussion within each panel.

1. Spatial Justice in Marine Spatial Planning: the relevance of legal geography and law’s ‘spatial turn’ in opening up new perspectives on space, power, and justice, 
Mara Ntona and Mika Schroder

2. The Ontological Politics of Industry Driven Marine Spatial Planning in India, 
Kevin St. Martin and Divya Karnad

3. Intertidals A Deluzion Reading of the Shetlands Marine PlanIntertidals: A Deluzian reading of the Shetlands Marine Plan
Stephen Jay

Hilde Toonen

Wednesday June 26, 2019 13:00 - 14:30
REC A2.09 Roeters Eiland Complex, University of Amsterdam