Thursday, June 27 • 10:30 - 12:00
Ex-Keynote: Maritime & Coastal communities

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Chaired by: Linke, S. & Delaney, A.

X-Keynote panel 3: Maritime and Coastal Communities
Katrina Brown, University of Exeter
Anthony Charles, St. Mary’s University
Kevin St. Martin, Rutgers University

This session addresses past and current challenges faced by coastal communities from a social science perspective from three prominent X-keynote speakers. Kevin St. Martin in his 2013 keynote spoke on “communities” and “the environment” as key actors within the emerging regime of marine spatial planning, and traced movement through existing networks of marine environmental governance. In 2015 Katrina Brown, after highlighting the numerous challenges facing coastal communities, addressed the importance of power and social relations in building resilience. In his work, Anthony Charles (special invitee) built from the formative experiences of the Canadian cod collapse of the 1990s, and saw how the goal for fishers was strong and healthy communities and environments. This panel reflects on the ongoing relevance of these contributions and aims to discuss implications for maritime social science researchers and the possibilities for developing alternative visions of future fisheries and coastal communities. Concrete challenges faced by communities include: fisheries depletion and resource scarcity, urbanization and industrialization under dominant neoliberal approaches to environmental governance, and enclosure of the ocean commons and spatial planning. These challenges relate to key governance issues like empowerment and agency of communities with respect to their contextual needs, place-based culture and identities, and their opportunities for participation and representation in existing governance systems. This session invites the speakers and the audience to rethink and discuss the role of the marine social sciences in relation to the challenges addressed and how we can contribute to revealing the potential of coastal communities for a more sustainable future.

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Anthony Charles

Professor & Director, Community Conservation Research Network, Saint Mary's University

Thursday June 27, 2019 10:30 - 12:00
REC A1.02 Roeters Eiland Complex, University of Amsterdam