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Maritime Spatial Planning

past, present, future

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Explores the field of Marine Spacial Planning

  • Discusses the best application of Maritime Spacial Planning

  • Brings together several strands of interdisciplinary research on MSP

  • This is an Open Access title

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Table of contents (19 chapters)

  1. Back Matter

    Pages 469-477

About this book

This open access book is the first comprehensive overview of maritime or marine spatial planning. Countries across the globe are beginning to implement maritime spatial plans; however the authors of this collection have identified several key questions that are emerging from this 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 book actively engages with the problems encapsulated in these questions, and explores possible solutions.

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.


  • 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
  • Environmental Geography
  • marine and freshwater sciences


“Maritime Spatial Planning: Past, Present, and Future is a valuable resource and insightful read for interdisciplinary marine scientists, practitioners, managers, and policymakers alike. … this book provides a potent, yet accessible read on a complicated and diverse topic of MSP that, as the authors argue, is developed in the past, relevant to the present, and critical to the future of blue growth and blue space protection.” (Sondra Eger, Ocean Yearbook, Vol. 34, 2020)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Institute for Development and Maritime Institute, University of Gdańsk, Gdańsk, Poland

    Jacek Zaucha

  • Human Dimensions of Coastal Areas, Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht, Geesthacht, Germany

    Kira Gee

About the editors

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

Kira Gee is Research Associate at the Centre for Materials and Coastal Research at the 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.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Maritime Spatial Planning

  • Book Subtitle: past, present, future

  • Editors: Jacek Zaucha, Kira Gee

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2019

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-98695-1Published: 31 January 2019

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-98696-8Published: 23 January 2019

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXXVII, 477

  • Number of Illustrations: 31 b/w illustrations, 33 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Human Geography, Physical Geography, Water, Geographical Information System, Environmental Management, Environmental Law

Buying options

Hardcover Book USD 31.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)