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Socio-cultural dimensions of marine spatial planning

Socio-cultural dimensions of marine spatial planning

McKinely, Emma, Acott, Tim and Stojanovic, Tim (2019) Socio-cultural dimensions of marine spatial planning. In: Zaucha, Jacek and Gee, Kira, (eds.) Maritime Spatial Planning. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 151-174. ISBN 978-3319986951 (doi:

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Bringing together the complex social and cultural dimensions of marine spatial planning (MSP), this chapter examines how these two terms are applied (or not) in the context of MSP. Global marine and coastal planning continues to recognise that human activities must be considered in order to account for the dynamic interconnectivity between society and the sea. Many research fields explore the importance of the sea to identity, sense of place, health or community cohesion. However, these draw on a range of different assumptions to mainstream marine science and struggle to be incorporated into traditional policy processes, environmental assessments and large-scale planning processes. In this chapter, we interrogate the concept of ‘socio-cultural’, examining how this is being defined and applied across the MSP landscape.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: socio-cultural, maritime, planning, ecosystem services, wellbeing
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Centre for Applied Sociology Research (CASR)
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS)
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2020 00:52

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