Geographic Perspectives on the Blue Economy I

Type: Virtual Paper
Sponsor Groups: Economic Geography Specialty Group, Coastal and Marine Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/10/2021
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:15 AM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 43
Organizers: C. Heidkamp, Michaela Garland
Chairs: C. Heidkamp

Call for Submissions

Please contact if you are interested in contributing to this session. If there is enough interest, we will have subsequent paper sessions and a panel discussion.


Due to recent interest in the burgeoning Blue Economy concept, which has been endorsed by actors from both private and public spheres, this session seeks to bridge emerging discourses on coastal and marine resources, technology advancements, and best policy practices for the transitioning Blue Economy. Building from Bennett et al. (2019) and Garland et al. (2019), this session will address current gaps in the Blue Economy literature in an effort to expand geographic inquiry towards a Just Transitions Framework for the Blue Economy.

Garland, M., Axon, S., Graziano, M., Morrissey, J., & Heidkamp, C. P. (2019). The blue economy: Identifying geographic concepts and sensitivities. Geography Compass, 13(7), e12445.

Bennett, N. J., Cisneros-Montemayor, A. M., Blythe, J., Silver, J. J., Singh, G., Andrews, N., ... & Gelcich, S. (2019). Towards a sustainable and equitable blue economy. Nature Sustainability, 1-3.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Marcello Graziano*, Southern Connecticut State University, Karen A. Alexander, University of Tasmania, Grant Allan, University of Strathclyde, Scott McGrane, University of Strathclyde & Stanford University, Evangelia Lema, Northwood University, The many sizes and characters of the Blue Economy 15 8:00 AM
Presenter Louie Krak*, Southern Connecticut State University, C. Patrick Heidkamp, Southern Connecticut State University, Geographical Considerations for Capturing Value in the US Sugar Kelp Industry 15 8:15 AM
Presenter C. Heidkamp*, Southern Connecticut State University, Shaping the Blue Economy—What Role for Economic Geography? 15 8:30 AM
Presenter Miriah Kelly*, Southern Connecticut State University, Julia Stevenson, Southern Connecticut State University, Negotiating blue narratives in a changing climate: A ten-year thematic analysis of ocean and coastal issues revealed through United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conferences of the Parties (COPs) 15 8:45 AM
Presenter Syma Ebbin, University of Connecticut, Nathaniel Trumbull*, University of Connecticut, Contested Spaces in the New Blue Economy: Competing for Connecticut’s Thames River Working Waterfront 15 9:00 AM

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