Session 4 – The Arctic, ocean conflicts, and pathways to sustainability
Following the Rio + 20 UN conference in 2012, Blue Economy and Blue Growth have become increasingly popular concepts. Internationally, a number of strategies have been formulated to highlight and exploit the growth potential related to marine and coastal areas. While these emphasize sustainable development, the focus on Blue Growth seems to accelerate the long-term industrialization of the oceans, leading to increased political interest to extend ocean management and control. In the wake of this, conflicts tend to arise on many levels.
In the Arctic, there is already blue growth in another sense. Here, the sea ice is declining in extent and thickness, and during this century, nearly ice-free conditions and blue seas are expected at least during parts of the year. This will make the marine Arctic more accessible and contribute to greater activity and attention. As in other ocean areas, latent conflicts are very likely to escalate and new ones to emerge.
This session will analyze the Arctic in an international, comparative perspective and take a broader look at marine conflicts, conflict transformation, and pathways to sustainability. What are the biggest challenges in the Arctic? What lessons can be learned about the handling of conflicts both in the Arctic and from other parts of the world? How can conflicts and conflict resolution contribute to increased sustainability? We invite authors to submit abstracts addressing one or several of the following topics or issues:
- Types of ocean conflicts
- Causes, driving forces, and dynamics of ocean conflicts
- The Arctic as a multi-level conflict zone
- Different ways of handling and resolving ocean conflicts
- Conditions for transforming conflicts into peaceful, equitable, and environmentally sustainable solutions
The session committee considers arranging a special issue or collection of articles in one of the thematic high-impact peer-reviewed journals (e.g., Marine policy, Ocean and Coastal Management, or Sustainability Science) in conjunction with the session. It will be possible to indicate whether presenters are interested in contributing to the special issue during the abstract submission process. More information about the special issue will be available after the abstract submission deadline in September 2021.
Confirmed keynote speakers
Suzanne Lalonde | University of Montreal, Canada
Maaike Knol-Kauffman | University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway (Lead)
Andreas Østhagen | Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway
Timo Koivurova | University of Lapland, Finland
Dmitriy Tulupov | St. Petersburg University, Russia
Emily Tsui | University of Toronto, Canada
Alina Bykova | The Arctic Institute
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