Blue Political Ecologies Workshop!

Virtual  workshop on Blue Political Ecologies 8th and 9th November, with subsequent asynchronous content engagement

We would like to welcome you to a virtual workshop on blue political ecologies, which will take place from the 8th and 9th of November. The event is co-hosted by Synne Movik (Norwegian University of Life Sciences),Emilie Wiehe (University of Guelph), Mialy Andriamahefazafy (University of Geneva), Marleen Schutter (Worldfish & University of Washington) and Mark Lamont (Open University), with support from Noé Mendoza, NMBU

There will be four sessions based  on short presentations that you are welcome to attend live (please follow the link provided on the website), or you can engage with the presentations asynchronously once they are recorded and made available (1-2 days after the live session). There will be a comments box where you can share your questions, thoughts, and reflections. 

The oceans are being framed increasingly as a site of degradation and in need of conservation (Bennett, 2019; Gray, 2018), while simultaneously being promoted as the new economic frontier through blue economy frameworks and discourses of blue growth (Ertör and Hadjimichael 2020; Silver & Campbell, 2018). Critical scholars have drawn attention to conflict surrounding marine space and marine resources (e.g. Bavinck et al, 2018; Menon et al, 2016), the scalar politics of marine governance (Campbell, 2007; Gruby et al, 2013), fisheries politics, access and the neoliberalization of fisheries (Mansfield, 2004; Andriamahefazafy & Kull, 2019), the role of knowledge and technology in producing the marine environment (Gray, 2018; Drakopulos, 2019), and the political ecologies of emerging blue economies (Marleen & Hicks, 2019; Carver, 2019; Bond, 2019), to name a few. More recently, as the blue economy continues to be pushed as a development framework, scholars and practitioners alike are calling for increased attention to issues of blue justice – though there are signs that the term is being appropriated by powerful international actors,  diluting it and rendering it apolitical. Political ecology thus provides useful insights to make visible the political in marine governance and the blue economy and to examine power relations inherent in these realms.   The blue political ecologies workshops in this series of sessions aim to explore how power and politics, access and resource conflict continue to shape marine resource use and governance. Papers and discussions in this workshop also aim to further bridge research-practitioner gaps, particularly with regards to furthering blue justice aims.

On Tuesday 8th of November, there will be two panel sessions, as follows

  • Political Ecologies of the Blue Economy (organised  by Mark Lamont) 
  • Decolonizing Fisheries Governance (co-ordinated by (Mialy  Andriamahefazafy)

On Wednesday 9th of November, there will be two presentation sessions and a LIVE discussion, as follows:

  • Coastal transformation and spatial justice (co-ordinated by Synne Movik)
  • Advancing blue justice (coordinated by Emilie Wiehe)

Detailed programme available here

Session link:

These will be followed by a live discussion session focusing on how to mobilise for greater equity and justice (coordinated by Mialy Andriamahefazafy and Marleen Schutter). 

The session will be kicked off by three short talks, which  will provide the basis for a discussion on how we can draw on pol political ecology to advance equity and justice.  We encourage you to join this live session, using the link provided on the webpage. 

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with the co-host Emilie Wiehe should you have questions and comments, and we really hope that you will engage with the issues that are being raised, either through the live discussion, or through leaving comments, questions and reflections in the comments box on the website. 


Adrian and the POLLEN22/3 LOC, and workshop co-hosts Synne, Emilie, Mialy, Marleen, and Mark

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