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HopefulNESS 2017 conference session notes

MSP Research Workshop @ HopefulNESS 2017 in Tampere, Finland

Session notes from post-it discussion – complemented by reflections from the session leaders

by Riku Varjopuro and Andrea Morf

 

Today we are happy to share our notes and ideas we collected during the session mentioned above.

Background and focus of the session

At the European Maritime Day in Gothenburg and the final conference of the Plan Bothnia project in 2012, a few of us met and discussed important research perspectives for research on MSP. We realised that we need international forums where we can meet and exchange and interact and develop theoretical reflection and methods further. Out of this developed eventually the European MSP Research Network , which has so far invited to 2 seminars and as a whole been a forum for interaction and “condensation point” for various MSP-research and capacity building activities driven by different constellations of researchers, resulting in e.g. transnational research applications, publications and trainings. At the 2nd network seminar in Liverpool, in autumn 2016, social science perspectives on MSP were discussed. There, and during the 2nd Baltic MSP Forum in Riga, the idea developed, to plan a session at the Nordic Environmental Social Science network (NESS) conference to be held in Tampere in summer 2017. The conference format of paper-workshops appeared highly suitable and several MSP research projects would have results to share.

2016 Seminar Re-interpreting the ‘Spatial’ in Marine Spatial Planning

2016 Seminar

Re-interpreting the ‘Spatial’ in Marine Spatial Planning

13th-14th October, University of Liverpool, UK

Rationale

Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) tends to assume a physically-deterministic understanding of spatiality, by which MSP aims to allocate or steer maritime activities and interests to clearly-defined areas. Indeed, introducing a stronger spatial dimension of this kind is reckoned to be the special contribution of MSP to marine governance. However, it is also acknowledged that the marine environment and maritime activities are not always amenable to being treated like this, given the dynamism of the sea and the mobility of many activities. New thinking is needed that will underpin innovative approaches to MSP.

This calls for a reappraisal of the ‘spatial’ in MSP, and suggests that new understandings of the spatiality of the sea may help us to develop planning practices that are more in keeping with marine realities.

Spatiality is currently undergoing radical overhaul in related fields of study, especially human geography; new ideas are also filtering through to terrestrial planning. This line of thought is offering a ‘relational’ view of space, with emphasis on the construction of space through connections, which may be: social, physical or institutional; between elements that are human or non-human; across different scales and time periods; and dynamic and evolving. Marine geographers are drawing out the synergies between these interpretations of space and the natural and social dimensions of the sea.

Expanding our understanding of spatiality also opens up issues of social and political interaction and raises questions about the power relations being exercised in MSP and the differential outcomes of MSP processes.

This seminar will explore the relevance of these perspectives for MSP and the potential for developing innovative approaches to MSP that are more responsive to the sea’s characteristics and that can contribute to more socially-aware outcomes.

 More information about the event.

 

 

Hilde Toonen successfully defended her PhD thesis

Network participant, Hilde Toonen, has successfully defended her PhD thesis, entitled 'SEA@SHORE; Informational governance on marine spatial conflicts at the North Sea'. Hilde carried out her research at the Environmental Policy group of Wageningen University. Among the members of her examining committee were other MSPRN participants Jan van Tatenhove and Stephen Jay.

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Postdoctoral Job Vacancy (University of Liverpool)

Postdoctoral Research Associate Grade 7

£32,600 - £33,574 pa

Faculty of Science and Engineering, School of Environmental Sciences, Department of Geography and Planning

Location: University Campus

Ref: R-590389/WWW

Closing date for receipt of applications: Fri, 18 Mar 2016 17:00:00 GMT

You will join a research team working on a European Commission-funded project supporting the implementation of maritime spatial planning (MSP) in the north European Atlantic, comprising part of the marine waters of France, Ireland and the UK.  A particular focus will be on trans-boundary co-operation between these nations and between devolved administrations in the UK. This is in the context of implementation of the European Union’s 2014 Directive on MSP and national MSP legislation. You will take part in activities in relation to the project region that include: gathering data relevant to MSP processes; carrying out policy analysis relevant to MSP implementation; working with MSP authorities in developing MSP processes; co-ordinating with stakeholders and policy communities with marine interests; developing MSP evaluation measures; partner reporting and communication activities for the project. You should have a PhD in a marine or planning related subject with the ability to expand and strengthen our wider research programme in the broader field of marine spatial planning and governance. You should have an excellent research record in spatial planning and/or marine management and a good record of collaborative teamwork. The post is available until 28 December 2017.

Please visit the official site for more information including download links to the applicant information form and the job description file

2013 Seminars - Seminar 2 - Final Programme

2013 Seminars - Seminar 2 - Final Programme


The final programme for the upcoming Seminar #2 of the 2013 Seminar series is online.

This seminar will take place at the Hanse Wissenschaftskolleg (HWK), Delmenhorst, Germany on 9th and 10th September 2013. Further information on this seminar can be found in the following article: 2013 Seminars - Seminar 2.

Call for applications - Erasmus Mundus Master Course on MSP

Erasmus Mundus Master Course on Marine Spacial Planning (EMMCSP)

Edition 2016 / 2018 - Call for applications

 

Level II (Prerequisite: Bachelor of Arts)

Erasmus Mundus Master Course on Maritime Spatial Planning (EMMCMSP) is a two-years advanced professional master program, in which three high-rated European universities participate: Università Iuav di Venezia as coordinator,University of Seville, University of Azores. Students will familiarize themselves with key issues involved in policies formulation and planning strategies for maritime space, to improve the management of resources from an environmental, economic, social and legal perspective within the framework of Maritime policies.

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2013 Seminars - Seminar 2

2013 Seminars

Assessing Progress in Marine Spatial Planning

Seminar 2: 9th-10th September 2013

University of Oldenburg and Hanse Wissenschaftskolleg (HWK) Institute for Advanced Study, Delmenhorst, Germany

 

Rationale

The European Union is currently working towards a Directive on maritime spatial planning and integrated coastal management. Several European countries and other jurisdictions around the world are developing or implementing systems of marine spatial planning (MSP). Research efforts are also ongoing, to explore different approaches to MSP and to evaluate current practice. Natural and social scientists are bringing a wide range of perspectives to bear on this expanding approach to marine management.

These seminars will allow participants to present and discuss academic perspectives and the findings of current research on the development of MSP. Participants who were not able to attend the first seminar in Liverpool are invited to submit abstracts of presentations on their MSP activities.

At Liverpool, we also discuss MSP research themes. At Delmenhorst, we will develop these in much more detail and will initiate teams to push forward actions in priority areas for MSP. A key output of the seminar will be a draft paper aimed at shaping future research activities and funding.

It will be a small-scale event, with a limited number of participants to allow for a high level of engagement.

Please see here for more information about the MSP Research Network: http://www.msprn.net.

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2015 Summer School - 5 intensive days of MSP

The participants of the Summer School 2015.

As part of the COSELMAR research project (www.coselmar.fr) led by the IUML (www.iuml-cnrs.fr) and in association with the Marine Spatial Planning Research Network (www.msprn.net), a Summer school dedicated to Maritime Spatial Planning and Management issues has been held in Nantes (France) in June 2015.

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2013 Seminars - Seminar 1 - Final Programme

2013 Seminars - Seminar 1 - Final Programme


The final programme for the upcoming Seminar #1 of the 2013 Seminar series is online.

This seminar will take place at the University of Liverpool, UK on 29th and 30th May 2013. Further information on this seminar can be found in the following article: 2013 Seminars - Seminar 1.

Summer school: Maritime Spatial Planning and Management

Summer school: Maritime Spatial Planning and Management

 

As part of the COSELMAR research project (www.coselmar.fr) led by the IUML (www.iuml-cnrs.fr) and in association with the Marine Spatial Planning Research Network (www.msprn.net), a Summer school dedicated to Maritime Spatial Planning and Management issues will be held in Nantes (France) in June 2015.

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