Friday, June 28 • 10:15 - 11:45
Brainstorming a social scientific research agenda for the Blue Economy

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Chaired by: Voyer, M. & Van Leeuwen, J.

Brainstorming a social scientific research agenda for the Blue Economy
Dr Michelle Voyer & Judith van Leeuwen
University of Wollongong & Wageningen University

The Blue Economy, sometimes also called ‘Blue Growth’, is a contested, yet increasingly influential concept which is gaining considerable traction in ocean based sustainable development narratives. The concept has been championed by institutions around the world as coastal states explore the economic opportunities that exist within and beyond their ocean jurisdictions. Yet there is no common agreement of what the terms ‘Blue Economy’ and ‘Blue Growth’ mean either in principle or in practice, with evidence to date pointing to the term being co-opted by many different actors according to often competing agendas and objectives. This gives rise to a range of challenges which social scientists will play a crucial role in identifying, critiquing and, where possible, resolving. This innovative panel will aim to use a collaborative, brainstorming approach to articulating the challenges and opportunities that a Blue Economy provides, and the key social science questions that will need to be addressed as the concept evolves. The session will consist of a diverse panel of social scientists working on various dimensions of the Blue Economy, each speaking to a different Blue Economy theme. The panel will also include audience participation and discussion and aims to identify a prioritized agenda for future Blue Economy research.

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Kathryn Barclay

Professor, University of Technology Sydney

Michelle Scobie

Michelle Scobie, PhD, LLB, LEC, is a lecturer and researcher at the Institute of International Relations at The University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine and Co-Editor of the Caribbean Journal of International Relations and Diplomacy. She has practiced as an attorney at... Read More →

Friday June 28, 2019 10:15 - 11:45
REC A2.06 Roeters Eiland Complex, University of Amsterdam