Posted by: Hendra Siry | 6 October, 2016

Climate Change and Ocean Politics

CLIMATE CHANGE AND OCEAN POLITICS: Call for chapters (revised)
Deadline for expressions of interest: 28 October 2016


Climate change will have profound effects on the world’s oceans. Indeed, the impacts are already being felt. The environmental, social and economic consequences will likely be pronounced in coming decades. The impacts of climate change on oceans and seas will also have political implications at all levels – local, national, international and global. Responses to oceanic change will result in winners and losers, and thus will involve politics in all its manifestations. Oceanic change will require politically difficult choices for governments and other actors. 
Scientific literature on the role of oceans and seas in climate change is now extensive. In contrast, the body of literature analyzing the political and policy implications of oceanic change is relatively small. This book project will help to address this imbalance by bringing together research findings from political science and cognate disciplines to examine the political and policy dimensions of climate change for the world’s oceans. Climate Change and Ocean Politics will present a snapshot of the current state of knowledge and research in this vital area. 
Scholars conducting research on the politics and policy of oceanic change are invited to join the project. All chapters should make explicit connections between climate change, oceans or seas, and politics (broadly defined). Examples of topics that could be explored include the following, but this is not an exhaustive list:
Politics of sea-level rise for island and/or coastal states and/or cities

Local politics of coastal erosion due to climate change

Politics of territorial seas amidst climate change

Political economy of sea-level rise

Political impacts and implications of ocean acidification

Politics of Arctic sea routes (e.g., Northwest Passage, Northeast Passage)

Arctic sea routes, trade and/or economic globalization

Regional politics of the Arctic Ocean with waning ice

Growing interest among great powers (e.g., China, Russia, United States) in the Arctic

Russia’s revived military presence in the Arctic due to climate change

American and/or other NATO members’ maritime posture in the far North

Geopolitics and/or political economy of Antarctic resources as climate changes

Climate change and maritime conflict

Food politics in the context of sea-level rise and inundation of agricultural land

Politics of maritime geo-engineering technologies

Politics/political economy of shipping or marine transport with climate change

Politics of seaside/marine tourism with climate change

Ocean politics and climate justice

Politics of marine protected areas amidst climate change

Politics of the Coral Triangle or other coral regions in the context of climate change

National or regional politics of changing fisheries due to climate change

International politics of fisheries management with climate change

Politics of aquaculture with climate change (shellfish farming, shrimp farming, etc.)

Political impacts of storms made worse by climate change

Political effects of changes in El Nino events, Pacific Decadal Oscillation, ocean currents, etc.

Other issues that examine the politics of climate change as it relates to seas and oceans
Please send expressions of interest or chapter proposals/abtracts to the following email address by 28 October 2016:


Full chapter drafts are not due at this time. Scholars who are invited to join the project will have several months to submit completed chapters for full review. Please include your name, affiliation, email address, office postal address and telephone number. Questions about the project are welcome.
For more information, please contact : 

Paul G. Harris

Chair Professor of Global and Environmental Studies, EdUHK


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