Call for Contributors

Routledge Handbook of Marine Governance and Global Environmental Change

Edited by Paul G. Harris

The Routledge Handbook of Marine Governance and Global Environmental Change will be a unique and comprehensive treatment of marine environmental governance in the Anthropocene. It will explore challenges for governing the marine environment that arise from global-scale (or nearly global-scale) environmental changes, such as climate change, widespread pollution and resource extraction. Chapters will survey the many key challenges arising from global environmental change for the actors and institutions involved in governing oceans and seas. The volume will be a single, relatively “handy” resource for researchers, students and others interested in marine governance in the age of global environmental change.

The handbook will be divided into eight sections. The first section describes the importance and challenges of governing the marine environment as global change accelerates. The second section takes an historical look at marine environmental change, describes the latest science on climate change and oceans, and highlights the major consequences of global change for governing seas, oceans and coasts. The third section describes the key state and non-state actors involved in, and impacted by, marine governance as global environmental change becomes more prominent. The fourth section explores the international negotiations, agreements and laws for marine governance amidst global environmental change. The fifth section examines the governance challenges that climate change presents for selected ecosystems. The sixth section highlights many of the most important recurring issues and themes in marine governance in the context of global environmental change. The seventh section features real-world case studies illustrating marine governance challenges of global environmental change in selected countries and ocean regions. The final section critically assesses the prospects for effective governance of the marine environment in the future.

The contents of the volume, described below, have been approved after anonymous peer review. Vitally, all chapters will emphasize the significance of global change for the topics described. The editor welcomes proposals to combine more than one of the major topics listed below into individual chapters. In addition to chapters on the topics below, there will be room for a limited number of chapters with universally relevant case studies of marine governance and global environmental change. 

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST: Scholars interested in writing chapters should contact the editor by reply email (if receiving this call via email) or via his website (www.paulgharris.net/contact) as soon as possible, preferably by 1 December 2020 for priority consideration. Please include (1) your name, (2) your email address, (3) your institutional role/position and affiliation, (4) the title(s) of the chapter(s) you propose writing (and an abstract if you a proposing a chapter not listed below), and (5) a brief description of your qualifications to write the chapter(s).

DEADLINE FOR CHAPTERS: Completed chapters following the Routledge style guide, which will be supplied to contributors, are due to the editor via email by 1 June 2021.

LENGTH OF CHAPTERS: The length of each chapter should be about 5,500 words, but not over 6,000 words, including all references, figures, tables, acknowledgements, etc.

Authors are needed to write chapters on the following topics in the

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NB: Chapters titles below in strikethrough text have been assigned to authors, but the editor welcomes proposals for related case studies that illustrate challenges to marine governance in the context of global environmental change, as well as chapters on important topics not listed here. Additionally, the editor would welcome proposals to combine some of the following unassigned separate topics into single chapters.

The challenges of global environmental change for marine governance

This section takes an historical look at marine environmental change, describes the latest science on climate change and oceans (including the role that oceans have played in mitigating global warming), expands on the major impacts of climate change – ocean warming (including melting sea ice), acidification (and other changes in ocean chemistry from climate change), rising sea levels and extreme weather – and describes the major challenges they present for governing seas, oceans and coasts.

2. Marine environmental change: a brief history

Describes marine environmental change and human responses through history.

3. Global warming, climate and oceanic change: a synopsis of current science

Summarizes the science of global warming and climate change, the role that oceans play, and the predictions of future impacts.

4. Changing ocean chemistry: expectations and implications

Looks in some detail at the changes occurring and expected to occur (e.g., warming water, acidification, de-oxygenation, changes in salinity) and summarizes the related governance challenges.

5. Rising seas and extreme weather: forecasts, impacts and challenges

Looks in some detail at the major impacts of rising sea levels and extreme weather events, and summarizes the related governance challenges.

Key actors in the marine governance

This section describes the key state and non-state actors involved in, and impacted by, marine governance as global environmental change becomes more prominent.

6. Intergovernmental organizations: global, regional and financial

Describes the major international organizations involved in marine environmental governance, including the United Nations, the European Union and international financial institutions.

7. Nation-states: national interests vs. marine environmental commons

Describes the roles played by states in marine environmental governance, demonstrating the clashes between national interests and cooperation for effective regime building and management.

8. Vulnerable nations and communities: accounting for those most dependent on the seas

Focuses on the roles of weak states and communities in marine environmental governance in the context of climate change.

9. Corporations: private interests vs. marine environmental commons

Examines the role of industries in marine environmental governance in the context of climate change.

10. Experts: scientists, scholars and epistemic communities

Looks at the important and special role of science, expertise and experts in informing marine governance in the context of global environmental change.

11. Civil society: nongovernmental organizations, publics and individuals

Looks at the role of civil society in marine governance of global environmental change, with coverage (at least) of NGOs, publics/public opinion and noteworthy individuals.

Regimes and laws for marine governance

This section introduces and explores the international negotiations, agreements and laws for marine governance that arise from global environmental change.

12. The climate change regime: mitigation and adaptation in question

As a foundation for understanding marine governance and global environmental change, this chapter focuses on development of the international climate change regime (UNFCCC, etc.) and summarizes some of the policies for mitigation and adaptation.

13. The global oceans regime: the Law of the Sea and beyond

As a foundation for understanding marine governance and global environmental change, this chapter focuses on major regimes and conventions for governing the oceans, including UNCLOS and related agreements.

14. The climate-oceans nexus: oceans in the climate regime, climate in the oceans regime

Building on the preceding two chapters, this chapter looks specifically at how the oceans are becoming a part of the climate regime and how climate change is becoming a part of the oceans regime.

15. Climate change vs. law of the sea: coping with rising tides

Describes and analyzes how the impacts of climate change at sea are challenging fundamental principles, norms and laws of the sea (e.g., potential challenges to exclusive economic zones as some territories are submerged).

16. Regimes for managing national and regional seas: the implications of climate change

Focuses on the impacts of climate change for management systems, cooperative arrangements and regimes for governing seas within national jurisdictions and in regional and enclosed seas (e.g., the Mediterranean).

Global environmental change and vulnerable marine ecosystems

Chapters in this section examine the governance challenges that climate change presents for selected ecosystems, briefly describing existing governance schemes and potential future developments.

17. Coastlines and shallow seas: mangroves and near-shore habitats

Focuses on the governance challenges for coastlines, shallow seas and associated habitats and resources.

18. Islands: rising seas, vulnerable shorelines and territorial integrity

Focuses on the governance challenges for islands threatened by sea-level rise and other impacts of climate change.

19. Coral reefs: canaries in a coalmine?

Focuses on the governance challenges for coral reefs presented by climate change, not least ocean warming and acidification.

20. Polar seas: governing extreme change in the Arctic and Southern Oceans

Focuses on the governance challenges for Arctic and Antarctic seas where some of the most extreme warming is already underway.

21. The high seas: adapting to changes in pelagic ecosystems

Focuses on the governance challenges for areas far from shore.

Key issues and themes in marine governance amidst global environmental change

This section highlights many of the most important recurring issues and themes in marine governance of global environmental change.

22. Fisheries: managing changes to the marine food chain

Describes the impacts of climate change on fisheries and the governance challenges that arise, and explores some of the policies for coping with those challenges.

23. Biodiversity: governance for vulnerable marine species 

Describes the impacts of climate change on selected marine species not examined in other chapters (e.g., whales and other marine mammals) and the governance challenges that arise, and explores some of the policies for coping with those challenges.

24. Sustainable development: poverty, economic growth and marine environmental change

Describes the challenges for oceans-related sustainable economic development and poverty alleviation that arise from global environmental change, and explores some of the policies for coping with those challenges.

25. Maritime commerce: transportation and trade in changing seas

Describes the impacts of climate change on maritime transport and commerce, looks at the governance challenges that arise and explores some of the policies for coping with those challenges.

26. Geopolitics: strategies for economic and national security

Describes the geopolitical implications of climate change and the governance challenges that arise, and explores some of the policies for coping with those challenges.

27. Energy: challenges and opportunities for the old and the new

Explores the marine challenges and opportunities for old and new energy sources that arise from global environmental change (e.g., drilling for new sources of gas, developing sources of alternative energy from the sea).

28. Technology: engineering responses to marine environmental change

Critically assesses the role of marine technology and engineering know-how in response to global environmental change (e.g., the role of the oceans in geo-engineering schemes).

29. Ethics, justice and human rights: normative considerations in marine environmental change

Explores the ethical implications for marine governance of global environmental change, examines major questions of climate justice related to oceans, and identifies and explores the role of human rights.

Case studies in marine governance and global environmental change

Building on the surveys in chapters from the preceding sections, this part of the book features real-world case studies illustrating the marine governance challenges of global environmental change in selected countries and ocean regions. Emphasis will be placed on experiences and policies that respond to global environmental change in marine contexts. This section will comprise up to ten chapters selected from proposals submitted by scholars and experts. I would be especially interested in having chapters on the spread of invasive species, plankton and/or ice biota, plastic pollution and marine geoengineering in the context of global environmental change.

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