Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxvii
  2. Charles Ehler, Jacek Zaucha, Kira Gee
    Pages 1-21 Open Access
  3. Kira Gee
    Pages 23-45 Open Access
  4. Tim O’Higgins, Linda O’Higgins, Anne Marie O’Hagan, Joseph Onwona Ansong
    Pages 47-69 Open Access
  5. Linda R. Harris, Stephen Holness, Gunnar Finke, Stephen Kirkman, Kerry Sink
    Pages 71-96 Open Access
  6. Jacek Zaucha
    Pages 97-119 Open Access
  7. Angela Schultz-Zehden, Barbara Weig, Ivana Lukic
    Pages 121-149 Open Access
  8. Emma McKinley, Tim Acott, Tim Stojanovic
    Pages 151-174 Open Access
  9. Fred P. Saunders, Michael Gilek, Ralph Tafon
    Pages 175-199 Open Access
  10. Wesley Flannery, Jane Clarke, Benedict McAteer
    Pages 201-217 Open Access
  11. Andrea Morf, Michael Kull, Joanna Piwowarczyk, Kira Gee
    Pages 219-243 Open Access
  12. Sue Kidd, Hannah Jones, Stephen Jay
    Pages 245-270 Open Access
  13. Emiliano Ramieri, Martina Bocci, Marina Markovic
    Pages 271-294 Open Access
  14. Lynne McGowan, Stephen Jay, Sue Kidd
    Pages 327-351 Open Access
  15. Roland Cormier, Andreas Kannen
    Pages 353-373 Open Access
  16. Dorota Pyć
    Pages 375-395 Open Access
  17. Susanne Altvater, Ruth Fletcher, Cristian Passarello
    Pages 397-415 Open Access
  18. Helena Calado, Catarina Fonseca, Joseph Onwona Ansong, Manuel Frias, Marta Vergílio
    Pages 441-468 Open Access
  19. Back Matter
    Pages 469-477

About this book


This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license

Maritime or marine spatial planning has gained increasing prominence as an integrated, common-sense approach to promoting sustainable maritime development. A growing number of countries are engaged in preparing and implementing maritime spatial plans: however, questions are emerging from the growing body of MSP experience. How can maritime spatial planning deal with a complex and dynamic environment such as the sea? How can MSP be embedded in multiple levels of governance across regional and national borders – and how far does the environment benefit from this new approach?

This open access book is the first comprehensive overview of maritime spatial planning. Situated at the intersection between theory and practice, the volume draws together several strands of interdisciplinary research, reflecting on the history of MSP as well as examining current practice and looking towards the future. The authors and contributors examine MSP from disciplines as diverse as geography, urban planning, political science, natural science, sociology and education; reflecting the growing critical engagement with MSP in many academic fields. This innovative and pioneering volume will be of interest and value to students and scholars of maritime spatial planning, as well as planners and practitioners.

Jacek Zaucha is Professor of Economics at Gdánsk University, Poland. He is long experienced in maritime spatial planning, and is currently leading the team preparing the first plan for Polish waters.

Kira Gee is Research Associate at the Centre for Materials and Coastal Research (Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht), Germany. She has been involved in MSP research and practice for over 20 years, and has participated in numerous national and transnational European MSP projects.


marine spatial planning marine governance EU MSP Directive social-ecological systems integrated marine management sustainable blue growth land-sea interactions blue sector growth marine planning open access sustainable maritime development urban planning political science environmental policy Ecosystem-Based Management Systematic Conservation Planning

Editors and affiliations

  • Jacek Zaucha
    • 1
  • Kira Gee
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Development and Maritime InstituteUniversity of GdańskGdańskPoland
  2. 2.Human Dimensions of Coastal AreasHelmholtz Zentrum GeesthachtGeesthachtGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-98695-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-98696-8
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