Welcome to Marine Governance and Maritime Spatial Planning: theories and practices
Description: During this course, students will develop a thorough understanding of the state of the art in Marine Governance and Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP). Students will be introduced to current issues and debates in marine governance and MSP that are discussed in social scientific literature, such as regionalization, Authority at sea, governing new economic activities in weak institutional settings (such as deep-sea mining and the Arctic), power, equity and participation.

Prerequisites: an approved PhD proposal by a research school.

Learning objectives:

After having completed the course successfully, students are expected to:

have a thorough understanding of current influential theories and themes within marine governance and Maritime Spatial Planning;
apply the key concepts developed within theories on policy analysis and governance in the domain of Marine Governance and Maritime Spatial Planning;
analyze and evaluate contemporary problems, developments and issues in marine governance and MSP practices;
critically assess the application of the theories and themes of this course in marine governance and MSP practices.
Teaching methods: This course consists of a mix of lectures, seminars and workshops. In the lectures, theories and concepts will be introduced and explained. During the workshops, participants present their own work and one of the other participants will give a review of the paper. During the seminar, students shall reflect on the lectures, the literature and the presentations.

Criteria for assessment: Before the course, the students write a paper/essay of 10 pages. The paper will be send to one of the other participants for peer review 1 month before the course. During the course,
each of the students presents his/her paper, followed by the peer review. Active participation during the seminar is required.

Suggested literature (will be updated later)

Ardron, Jeff A. (2018), Transparency in the operations of the International Seabed Authority. An initial assessment. Marine Policy. 95 (2018), pp. 324-331

Arts, Bas and Jan van Tatenhove (2005), Policy and Power. A Conceptual framework between the ‘old’ and ‘new’ policy idioms, Policy Sciences 37 (3-4), pp 339-356

Bailey, M., Bush, S. R., Miller, A., & Kochen, M. (2016). The role of traceability in transforming seafood governance in the global South. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 18, 25-32.

Dreyer, Marion, Magnus Boström & Anna Maria Jönsson (2014), Participatory Deliberation, Risk Governance and Management of the Marine Region in the European Union. Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning. 16:4, 497-515

Flannery, W., Ellis, G., Nursey-Bray, M., van Tatenhove, J. P. M., Kelly, C., Coffen-Smout, S., … O’Hagan, A. M. (2016). Exploring the winners and losers of marine environmental governance/Marine spatial planning: Cui bono ?/“More than fishy business”: epistemology, integration and conflict in marine spatial planning/Marine spatial planning: power and scaping/Surely not all. Planning Theory & Practice, 17(1), 121–151.

Smits, C.C.A.; Tatenhove, J. van; Leeuwen, J. van (2014), Authority in Arctic governance: changing spheres of authority in Greenlandic offshore oil and gas developments, International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics 14(4), p.329-348

Van Tatenhove, Jan (2016), The Environmental State at Sea, Environmental Politics, 25 (1), pp. 160-179

Van Tatenhove, Jan P.M. (2017), Transboundary Marine Spatial Planning: a reflexive marine governance experiment? Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning. 19(6), 783-794

Organizer: Jan van Tatenhove tatenhove@plan.aau.dk

Lecturers: Jan van Tatenhove


Time: 30, 31 October and 1 November

Place: Aalborg University

City: 9000 Aalborg

Number of seats: 15

Deadline: 9 October 2019

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.