This conference will offer participants the opportunity to reflect on and re-imagine futures within the geographical boundary of Europe. The overarching theme will be reflected throughout the conference programme and themed fieldtrips. We hope that this broad and inclusive theme attracts a wide variety of geographers with a range of physical, social, cultural, political and environmental research interests. A dedicated session will be organised on MSP:
Session Title: Marine Spatial Planning
Session Convenor: Liam Carr, NUI Galway
Ireland has begun developing its Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) framework, as guided by the MSP Directive 2014/89/EU. With a target date of implementing MSP by March 2021, relevant Irish authorities have been tasked with analysing and organising "human activities in marine areas to achieve ecological, economic and social objectives" through a framework that itself sits above a "hierarchy of plans and sectoral policies". As such, Ireland’s embryonic MSP efforts offer a uniquely opportune moment to broadly test and link theories and practices from across the discipline, establish critical space and nascent lines of enquiry at the land-sea interface, and engage productively to better appraise policy discussions now underway within agencies, between stakeholder communities, and across economic sectors. This session is seeking papers that will foster critical policy and practice discourses around the land-sea interface and MSP both in Ireland and abroad.
The session encourages papers from across Geography, especially those that examine:
• Case studies of MSP policies and practices at multiple scales;
• Ecosystem-based management and applications for MSP policy development;
• MSP within social-ecological systems theory;
• Local knowledge along the land-sea interface;
• Stakeholders and contested space for coastal and marine resources;
• Coastal and marine systems resilience in a changing world.