2023 Summer/Winter School – Transforming ocean conservation and sustainable use: rethinking blue economies in terms of environmental and socio-cultural justice 

Date and Time: WEDNESDAY 13 September 2023, 6pm-7.30pm CEST



Discussion on blue economies often portrays the ocean as the driver of economic growth and a vast space that attracts diverse actors such as shipping companies, deep-sea mining enterprises, and fishing industries. Whilst, blue economies have received significant attention, the social-cultural justice implications of the fast and unchecked development of blue economy activities are often overlooked. As governments, industries, and different international actors around the world engage with the blue economy, the key questions to ask is: what checks and balances are in place to support ocean-based economies, whilst ensuring inclusivity and appropriate stewardship of marine resources for future generations? 

This event will engage panellists and attendees in a discussion on the contentious social-cultural justice issues surfacing as ocean-based economy development expands at scale. The solution-focused event will spotlight the pressing need to integrate transdisciplinary research approaches, process, and innovation as viable routes to sustainable and inclusive blue economies and wider ocean governance. Transdisciplinary research implies working with stakeholders, ocean experts from varied disciplines, and different knowledge holders in the co-design and co-production of solution-oriented research.  

The event will share findings from the One Ocean Hub and partners research to demonstrate trade-offs and inequities that surface as blue economies rapidly scale and develop. During the event our panellists will explore the impacts of blue economy initiatives on Indigenous Peoples and local communities, the conflicts emerging among different ocean stakeholders over marine space and resources, and actions needed to achieve a just, inclusive, and healthy ocean. 


Professor Elisa Morgera, One Ocean Hub and University of Strathclyde, UK.  

Dr Holly Niner, One Ocean Hub and University of Plymouth, UK.  

Taryn Pereira, One Ocean Hub, Coastal Justice Network and Rhodes University, South Africa.

Dr Bolanle Erinosho, One Ocean Hub and University of Cape Coast, Ghana.


Journal articles

Holly J. Niner, Noel C. Barut, Tom Baum, Daniela Diz, Daniela Laínez del Pozo, Stuart Laing, Alana Malinde S.N. Lancaster, Kirsty A. McQuaid, Tania Mendo, Elisa Morgera, Payal N. Maharaj, Ifesinachi Okafor-Yarwood, Kelly Ortega-Cisneros, Tapiwa V. Warikandwa, Sian Rees, (2022). “Issues of context, capacity and scale: Essential conditions and missing links for a sustainable blue economy.” Environmental Science & Policy. Vol.130, pp.25-35, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2022.01.001

Bennet N, Alava JJ, Ferguson CE, Blythe J, Morgera E, Boyd D, Côté IM. (2023). “Environmental (in)justice in the Anthropocene ocean.” Marine Policy 147. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2022.105383

Morgera E and Nakamura J. (2021) “Shedding a Light on the Human Rights of Small-scale Fishers: Complementarities and Contrasts between the UN Declaration on Peasants’ Rights and the Small-Scale Fisheries Guideline” in Brunori et al, Commentary on the Declaration on the Rights of Peasants. London: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003139874-7

Policy brief

Niner H, Strand M, Erwin K, Rees S, Wilson D, Morgera E. Transformative partnerships for co-developing sustainable blue economies https://oneoceanhub.org/publications/policy-brief-transformative-partnerships-for-co-developing-sustainable-blue-economies/


Hoareau K, 2021. “Reflections on the Blue Economy Massive Open Online Course Series”https://oneoceanhub.org/reflections-on-the-blue-economy-massive-open-online-course-series/. This blogpost contains links to list of modules delivered as part of Blue Economy Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) series, led by the University of Seychelles James Michel Blue Economy Research Institute in 2020 and 2021, in collaboration with the Commonwealth of Learning and the One Ocean Hub

Niner H, Rees S, Morgera E. “Identifying essential conditions and missing links for a sustainable blue economy,” 2022. Available from https://oneoceanhub.org/identifying-essential-conditions-and-missing-links-for-a-sustainable-blue-economy/

Pereira, “The court has a duty to step in and protect those who are offended and the environment” judge rules in the Shell seismic survey case,” 2022. Available from https://oneoceanhub.org/the-outcome-of-the-shell-seismic-survey-case/.

Pereira, “Deepening partnerships with small-scale fishers in Eastern Cape, South Africa,” 2022. Available from https://oneoceanhub.org/deepening-partnerships-with-eastern-cape-small-scale-fishers-south-africa/.