Transdiciplinary Engagement in the Blue Economy: A proposed research framework

Authors: C. Heidkamp*, Southern Connecticut State University
Topics: Economic Geography, Coastal and Marine, Marine and Coastal Resources
Keywords: Blue Economy, Economic Geography, Pragmatism, Transdisciplinarity
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/9/2020
Start / End Time: 1:45 PM / 3:00 PM
Room: Governors Square 15, Sheraton, Concourse Level
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On the premise the grand challenges of our time: the all too real threat of climate change, the increasing inequality in terms of livelihood opportunities and the increasingly polarizing discourse in the political arena, I argue that if economic geography is to make a significant contribution not only to the discussion of but also to the implementation of sustainability transitions, it needs to embrace a focus that is distinctly environmental while maintaining a rootedness in not only analyzing but also redressing uneven development. I believe that this is best accomplished by subscribing to a critical pragmatist framework and in a transdisciplinary research setting. This paper outlines how such a research approach might be implemented in the context of a research initiative focused on the Blue Economy in Long Island Sound.

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