Marine communities. Governing oil & gas activities and cruise tourism in the Arctic and the Caribbean

PhD defence

Marine communities. Governing oil & gas activities and cruise tourism in the Arctic and the Caribbean

PhD candidate ir. LKJ (Linde) van Bets
Promotor prof.dr.ir. JPM (Jan) van Tatenhove
prof.dr.ir. APJ (Arthur) Mol
Co-promotor dr. MAJ (Machiel) Lamers
Organisation Wageningen University, Environmental Policy, Wageningen School of Social Sciences (WASS)
Date

Fri 22 September 2017 13:30 to 15:00

Venue Auditorium, building number 362
Generaal Foulkesweg 1
362
6703 BG Wageningen
0317-483592

Summary of the thesis:

The sea is increasingly being explored for human use. As a result, actors involved in governing maritime activities are not necessarily located in the same geographical place and may not even be in direct contact, but they interact through global and transnational institutions or networks. This thesis presents the marine community concept as a new analytical lens for studying environmental governance of maritime activities. A marine community is a community of users and policy makers involved in the governance of a certain maritime activity. Four marine communities in Hammerfest, St. Eustatius, Bonaire and Svalbard are selected based on two distinct marine regions (the Caribbean Netherlands and the European Arctic) and two different maritime activities (cruise tourism and oil & gas activities).

In the conclusions the four case studies are compared, reflecting on different problem-solving styles in marine regions and the mobility of the maritime activity, and marine communities are discussed as a governance arrangement.