Strategy Group Social Sciences
Marine Social Sciences and Humanities
With the intensification of sea use, the seas and oceans are becoming increasingly important for human society, culture and economy - whether in relation to traditional uses such as food production, shipping and coastal defence or newer uses, for example as sinks for carbon dioxide, through diving tourism, aquarium trade or deep sea mining. As a consequence, human society has an increasingly large influence on marine ecosystems and the anthropogenic impact on coasts and the sea continues to increase substantially. This increase in importance is reflected in the rise of regulatory initiatives and governance processes at national, regional and international levels. The recently published communication of the EU: “International Ocean Governance: An Agenda for the Future of Our Oceans” sets this out clearly, once more.
As a consequence, there is an evident need to survey and analytically reflect on governance mechanisms, forms of social organisation and future scenarios concerning the marine and its resources. This is reflected in the increased calls for relevant social science and humanities expertise, in particular from policymakers, international non-governmental organisations and other organisations working at science-policy interface. The members of this strategy group contribute their expertise to develop responses to current and emerging issues.
The following four thematic areas are in the focus of our interests:
Ocean Governance for Sustainable DevelopmentThe regulation of the oceans and its resources is an area of increasing geopolitical and economic importance. At the same time, the interaction between national, regional and international governance systems is characterised by a high degree of complexity and fragmentation. Regulations focused on one sector at times stand in contradiction to the objectives of other sectors and levels of decision-making. The networking proposed here has the objective of bringing together research on formal and informal marine governance systems in their diverse global contexts in order to systematically document the contradictions found therein. Based on this, action orientations and institutional advancements specific to marine governance systems characterised by legal pluralism can be developed. Here it is also the objective to scientifically reflect on alternative organising systems for governing politic decision-making and economic activity at sea and to deepen the dialogue between political decision-making and industry representatives. One example concerns research support for the EU policy objective for an economic transformation towards a circular economy.
Marine & Coastal Transformation Research
With ongoing sea-level rise and increased migration movements in rapidly urbanising coastal regions, coastal transformations are gaining increased attention. Social science and humanities research in this field takes place in the context of global agendas for climate change mitigation and adaptation and international development (incl. the UN Sustainable Development Goals). The central challenge here is to develop local and context-specific responses to sea level rise, land sinking, rising population pressure, and growing megacities in the global South. These processes of societal negotiation bring with them significant potential for conflict and therefore require fundamental social, legal and cultural sciences research. At the same time there is a need for transdisciplinary research initiatives, working with political and civil society decision-makers, to find solutions adapted to the local context, and through the research and development process itself, to design and create transformation processes.
Social-Ecological & Technological System Analysis
The interaction of people with the sea and associated governance mechanisms are to a large extent determined by ecological regularities and the limits of scientific and technological possibility. Ecological parameters specify which uses, and at what level, a sustainability perspective is possible; whether it is the amount of fish are allowed to caught or about degradation rates in deep sea mining. Whether we hit these systemic limits depends on our technological capabilities. Without a modern fishing fleet or deep sea robot, humanity would not need to spare a thought for the sustainability of offshore fishing or deep sea mining. There would be no need to regulate anthropogenic uses. The capabilities and limits of these socio-ecological-technical systems provide the guidelines for the necessary governance of sustainable use. Social, ecological and technical system characteristics are mutually determining. From this, the specifics of marine social science emerge. It is clear what makes the social sciences different from the other environmental sciences, concerned for example, with land or forest use. The analysis of interactions between the system parameters and their governance implications is of central importance.
Marine Peace and Conflict Studies
The use of oceans – as a supplier of resources, transport or migration route, or as a site for waste disposal, and the regulation of such uses can generate various situations of conflict among participating or affected actors, particularly in light of their often conflicting interests. This concerns all dimensions of a comprehensive understanding of security: from traditional military threats to human and environmental security. Global power structures manifest themselves in ocean spaces in the form of a growing military presence. Furthermore, maritime infrastructures and transport routes are susceptible to criminal activities. Those who make their living at sea are threatened by organized crime and piracy. Oceans also link poor and affluent, pacified and violence-affected regions, and as such become zones of (in)security and areas with humanitarian challenges. Hunger for resources, together with a logic of externalization creates limit on the capacity of the oceans to provide resources. A precondition for the development of concepts and procedures for interest reconciliation, effective and legitimate security governance, the peaceful use of oceans, and their common welfare-oriented regulation is a nuanced understanding of ocean-related conflict situations and security threats. Causes, factors and dynamics of conflicts are an integral part of social sciences research. The marine social sciences generate, test and apply insights of peace and conflict studies regarding the special characteristics of oceans as conflict spaces. For this, the interdisciplinary consideration of geophysical, geographic and ecological insights is often needed. Likewise, research results from peace and conflict studies dealing with marine policy aid the application of recommendations derived from natural science research, providing important insights regarding political feasibility and the desirability of concrete measures.
The strategy group currently consists of the following members:
Bergmann, Sven, Dr. phil. | University of Bremen
Deutsches Schifffahrtsmuseum, Department of Anthropoogy and Cultural Research
Sven Bergmann is a cultural anthropologist currently working as a research associate at the Department of Anthropology and Cultural Research at the University of Bremen, Germany. His post-doc research focuses on the entanglements of plastic marine litter with naturecultures, such as the plastisphere, i.e. the impact of plastics on eco-systems and multispecies interaction. Research objectives include understanding how (micro)plastic is constructed as a scientific and a societal problem. Therefore, his research contributes to an anthropology of quite speculative futures/temporalities and ecologies, analysing the on-going experiment with plastic in society and its afterlives in emerging naturecultures in marine environments.
• Marine and Environmental Anthropology
• Science and Technology Studies (STS)
• Political Economies and Ecologies of Waste, Pollution and Toxicity
• Infrastructures, Urban and Regional Change
• Kinship, Reproduction and the Body
Learn more: https://www.dsm.museum/ueber-uns/mitarbeitende/dr-sven-bergmann/
Bogusz, Tanja, Dr. habil. | Kassel University
Kassel University, Division Sociology of social disparitiesDr. habil. Tanja Bogusz is an industrial mechanic by training, sociologist and anthropologist. Since 2016 she is visiting professor at Kassel University, where she runs the division Sociology of social disparities. At Kassel University she is one of the principle investigators of the graduate program "Ecologies of social cohesion" at the Department for Social Sciences, and second replacement speaker of the Center for Environmental Research and Academic Teaching (GradZ). With several other colleagues, she is currently setting up the network "STS (Science and Technology Studies) in Germany". In 2011-2013 she undertook a laboratory study in the Department of Taxonomic Classification of Marine Invertebrates at the Parisian Museum for Natural History (MNHN). In 2012 she was appointed by the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung as an ethnographer of a transnational expedition organized by the taxonomist's team at the coastal zone of Madang, Papua New Guinea, including roundabout 300 people, among them 120 marine biologists. Drawing on her query on inter- and transdisciplinary co-laboration between the natural and the social sciences in PNG, on pragmatism and STS, she developed the concept of experimentalist sociology, presented in her 2018 book "Experimentalismus und Soziologie. Von der Krisen- zur Erfahrungswissenschaft" (2018, Campus – translation in English is scheduled for 2020.). Tanja will continue this path through a comparative and collaborative expedition's study project. In 2018 a marine snail, discovered during the PNG expedition, was named after her: Joculator boguszae.
• Comparative Expedition's Research in Marine Coastal Zones
• Sociological Biodiversity and Climate Research
• Collaborative and Transdisciplinary Methods
• Sociological and Democratic Experimentalism
• Political Sociology of the Ecological Crisis
• Science and Technology Studies
Learn more: https://www.uni-kassel.de/fb05/fachgruppen/soziologie/soziologie-sozialer-disparitaeten.html
Breckwoldt, Annette, Dr. | Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) Bremen
Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research, Department Social ScienceAnnette Breckwoldt is a postdoctoral marine social scientist and German project leader of the binational French-German (ANR/DFG) Research Project SOCPacific ('A Sea of Connections: contextualizing fisheries in the South Pacific region', coordinated together with Dr. Elodie Fache as French PI). She is also guest scientist for science-stakeholder interaction processes at the Alfred-Wegener-Institute Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) in Bremerhaven. Annette's PhD (2007) was on interdisciplinary aspects of community-based management of inshore Fijian fishing grounds. Annette is member of the steering committee of IGU's Commission on Islands, co-chair of the Human Dimension Working Group of IMBeR (Integrated Marine Biosphere Research; imber.info), and associate editor for the journal Frontiers in Marine Science (section Marine Conservation and Sustainability).
• Science-Stakeholder Interactionsn
• Integrated coastal management
• Small-scale fisheries
• Local marine resource use and management realities
• Environment and development in small island states
• Environmental perceptions
• Inter- and transdisciplinarity: Interfaces Ecology / Social Sciences / Human Geography / Environmental Psychology
Learn more: https://www.leibniz-zmt.de/de/mitarbeiter/annette-breckwoldt.html and https://socpacific.net
Gee, Kira, Dr. | Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht
Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Socio-economics of coastal regionsDr Kira Gee last joined HZG in June 2015. She has extensive research and practical experience in MSP and has worked in numerous EU-funded projects in the Baltic and European Atlantic, most recently the BONUS BALTSPACE project and the GIZ MARISMA project. She has a particular interest in the socio-cultural and transboundary dimensions of MSP, but her research is also concerned with perceptions of the sea and the values associated with it as a space and place. She is a member of the ICES Working Group on Marine Planning and Coastal Zone Management (WGMPCZM) and recently joined the scientific advisory group for the revision of the German maritime spatial plan in the EEZ. She holds a PhD in Geography and an M.Sc. in Conservation.
• Socio-cultural dimensions of marine spatial planning
• Sustainable maritime development
• Transnational maritime governance
• Perception of the sea as a space and place
• Values and attitudes associated with the sea
Gesing, Friederike, Dr. phil. | University of Bremen
University of Bremen, artec Sustainability Research Center
Senior researcher at the artec Sustainability Research Centre at the University of Bremen and PI of the research project "Nitrogen management in the making - Material practices and policies". She is co-founder of the Bremen NatureCulture Lab (www.naturenkulturen.de) and author of the book "Working with Nature in Aotearoa New Zealand-An Ethnography of Coastal Protection (Bielefeld: transcript 2016). Her work bridges cultural anthropology, human geography and STS. She received her doctorate in 2015 in the international DFG research training group INTERCOAST (University of Bremen and University of Waikato) for her qualitative work on soft coastal protection practices. In 2012/2013 she was as a Visiting Fellow at the Science, Technology and Society (STS) Program at Harvard University.
• Political Ecologies of the Coast
• Coproduction of Nature and Society
• Nitrogen management
• Science and Technology Studies (STS)
• Qualitative Methods / Praxeography
Learn more: https://www.uni-bremen.de/de/artec/mitglieder/friederike-gesing/
Humrich, Christop, Dr. | University of Groningen
University of Groningen, NL, Faculty of Arts, Centre for International Relations Research (CIRR)
Christoph Humrich is Assistant Professor for International Relations and Security Studies and associated Researcher at the Arctic Centre of the University of Groningen since 2012. His general research interest is on the interaction of law and politics, the normative justification of particular forms of this interaction and its critique. Against this backdrop he looks at ocean and polar politics and security. Currently he focuses on regional ocean governance and security in the Arctic with projects on the multi-level dynamics of the Arctic governance architecture, and on the strategies of marine and maritime security actors in the Arctic Ocean.
• Arctic Segional Security
• Arctic Environmental Governance
• Interaction of global and regional ocean governance arrangements
• Coast Guard and Navy Adaptation to marine and maritime change (in the Arctic Ocean)
Learn more: www.rug.nl/staff/c.humrich
Klepp, Silja, Prof. Dr. | Kiel University
Kiel University, Institute of Geography
Professor for human geography in coastal and marine regions at Kiel University and member of the Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean”. Her current research in the Central Pacific addresses the themes of climate change, climate-change adaptation and migration. She integrates postcolonial perspectives and critical theories in the research field of climatechange adaptation. Other focuses include the cultural and social consequences of climate change, flight and migration, and the EU border regime. Silja Klepp works primarily in Fiji and Kiribati, as well as in the Mediterranean Sea region.
• Social and political effects of climate change
• Migration and refugees
• Environmental and climate justice
• Climate change adaptation and coastal protection
• Oceania, European Union, Mediterranean region
Learn more: http://www.marinesocialscience.uni-kiel.de/de
Köpsel, Vera, Dr. rer. nat. | Hamburg University
Hamburg University, Institute of Marine Ecosystem and Fishery ScienceVera Köpsel completed her PhD in Geography in late 2017 and is now a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute for Marine Ecosystem and Fisheries Science at the University of Hamburg. She is working in the PANDORA project on sustainable fisheries management (EU Horizon2020), where she is responsible for the coordination of project communication and stakeholder engagement. In addition, she is conducting a research project about regional differences in stakeholder engagement approaches in the fisheries sector. Her focus regions are the case study sites of PANDORA: the Baltic Sea, North Sea, Bay of Biscay, Strait of Sicily, Aegean Sea and Western Mediterranean Sea.
• Human-environment interactions
• Societal dynamics of climate change adaptation
• Stakeholder engagement in EU projects
• The role of narratives in processes of environmental management
• •Science communication
Learn more: https://www.biologie.uni-hamburg.de/forschung/oekologie-biologische-ressourcen/expbioozean/mitarbeiter/koepsel.html
Koerth, Jana, Dr. | Kiel University
Kiel University, Institute of Geography
Geographer and scientific assistant at the Christian-Albrechts University Kiel. Her habilitation research deals with climate services and in which way decision-making processes of climate adaptation can utilize those services. The proactive behaviors of individuals and human systems towards climate change are central in her research, with a topical focus on sea-level rise and its impacts in coastal areas. Jana Koerth has addressed the integration of a variety of climate adaptation strategies in coastal areas.
• Climate adaptation
• Climate services
• Rationales of climate adaptation decisions
• Sea-level rise related coastal flooding
Learn more: http://www.crslr.uni-kiel.de/de/mitglieder/post-doctoral-researchers/jana-koerth.html
Kronfeld-Goharani , Ulrike , Dr. rer. nat. | Kiel University
Kiel University, Institute of Social Sciences
Ulrike Kronfeld-Goharani holds a diploma in Oceanography and is a research fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences, Kiel University. She is a member of the Cluster of Excellence ‘The Future Ocean’ and Kiel Marine Science (KMS). She explored – based on a poststructuralist approach – the understanding of sustainability in ocean-related discourses (from 2002 to 2012) and provided a contribution for the conception of sustainability for the area of the high seas. She was a member of the editorial team of the Ocean Atlas (2017). In 2018, she carried out a study on corporate sustainability in companies of the maritime economy. Currently, she is investigating social-ecological transformation in coastal regions by maritime tourism.Research interests:
• Social-ecological transformation in coastal region by maritime tourism
• Corporate sustainability in companies of the maritime economy
• Sustainable maritime development
• Political discourse theory
• International climate and maritime policy
Learn more: https://www.kms.uni-kiel.de/de/mitglieder/mitglieder/ulrike-kronfeld-goharani
Kuhn, Annegret, Dr. | Kiel University
Kiel University, Institute of Social SciencesPolitical scientist at Kiel University, member of the Future Ocean cluster and Kiel Marine Science. Her research interests are international organizations and regimes, the governance of marine mineral resources, and the political participation of non-state actors. Currently she is leading a research project studying modes of participation of indigenous representatives in the context of resource governance in the Arctic region.
• International regimes and organizations (ocean governance/environmental policy)
• Resource governance
• Political participation of non-state actors
Learn more: https://www.politik.uni-kiel.de/en/staff/research-fellows/dr-annegret-kuhn?set_language=en
Lasner, Tobias, Dr. rer. pol. | Thuenen-Institutes of Fisheries Ecology and Sea Fisheries
Thuenen-Institute of Fisheries Ecology, Working group Economic Analysis
Tobias is an economic sociologist, who is member of the interdisciplinary Working Group Economic Analysis at the Thuenen-Institutes of Fisheries Ecology and Sea Fisheries. His topics include economic and social aspects of the fisheries sector, with a focus on aquaculture activities. Tobias is responsible for collection of social and economic data on German aquaculture enterprises against the background of the EU Data Collection Framework (DCF). Further, he coordinates the international network agri benchmark Fish, which compares the profitability and sustainability of aquatic production systems around the globe using DCF Data and so called “typical farms & vessels”. Constructivistic approaches to theories of action and qualitative social research studies complete is wide scope of research interests.
• Agricultural and economic sociology
• Aquatic production systems
• Social science research methods
Learn more: / https://www.thuenen.de/en/fi/staff/wissenschaftliches-personal/dr-tobias-lasner/
Link, P. Michael, Dr. rer. nat. | Hamburg University
Hamburg University, Research Group Climate Change and Security (CLISEC), Institute of̈ Geography, Center for Earth System Research and Sustainability
Postdoctoral researcher at the Research Group Climate Change and Security (CLISEC) at the Center for Earth System Research and Sustainability at Universität Hamburg. Also, since 2012 speaker of the German working group on Coastal and Marine Geography (AMK) of the German Geographical Society. His research interest lies on the societal impacts of climate change. One particular focus is on the relationship between water availability and the likelihood of conflict onset, another is on the societal acceptance of renewable energy generation in coastal and marine regions. Using agent-based models and Geographic Information Systems, he assesses the conflict risks and chances for cooperation in different development pathways.
• Impacts of changes in water availability on conflict onset
• Societal implications of renewable energy production in coastal and marine regions
• Long-term impacts of sea level rise on river deltas
• The link between climate change and conflict
Learn more: www.clisec.uni-hamburg.de
Martinez, Grit, Dr. phil.| Ecologic Institut
Ecologic Institute, Coastal and Marine
Senior Fellow at Ecologic Institute, faculty member of the Institutes Duke University's Berlin program and Associated Research Professor at the Department of Anthropology, University of Maryland. With academic roots in history, literature and economy her research interests focus on social processes leading to climate change adaptation and resilience in coastal systems worldwide. Transformation processes are analyzed within their institutional, cultural, social, economic and political contexts. Grit Martinez also works on challenges of interdisciplinary collaborations amongst the social science and humanities & the natural science, engineering and life sciences. She is involved in numerous projects for the European Commission and the German Research Community.
• Socio-ecological transitions in coastal regions
• Culture and transformation
• Narrative analysis, cultural sociology and climate change discourses
• Bridging concepts for interdisciplinary collaboration between Humanities and Natural Sciences
Learn more: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Grit_Martinez
Mondré, Aletta, Prof. Dr. rer. pol. | Kiel University
Kiel University, Institue of social sciences
Political scientist at Kiel University, Future Ocean and Kiel Marine Science member. She is interested in the many questions of ocean governance that arise from diverging ideas about using and/or protecting the ocean. One focus is the process of negotiating a regulatory framework for deep sea mining. She earned her doctorate from University of Bremen with research on strategies to settle maritime boundary disputes.
• Ocean Governance Architecture
• Deep sea mining
• Conflicts over maritime areas
Learn more: https://www.politik.uni-kiel.de/de/personal/professuren/prof-dr-aletta-mondre
Neumann , Barbara, Dr. phil. | Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)
Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Ocean GovernanceDr. Barbara Neumann has been a Senior Research Associate in Ocean Governance at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) since June 2017. Before, she was postdoctoral researcher with the Coastal Risks and Sea-Level Rise Research Group in the Department of Geography at Kiel University and the Cluster of Excellence ‘The Future Ocean’ in Kiel, working on the impacts of sea level rise, sustainable development and governance of coastal areas. Her research interest is in the analysis and governance of social-ecological systems and interactions in coastal and marine areas with respect to sustainable development, global change processes and transformation. She received her doctorate in Geography from Saarland University in 2002.
• Social-ecological systems and interactions in coastal and marine areas
• Sustainable development and governance of ocean and coasts
• Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14
• Sustainability science, transdisciplinary research
Learn more: https://www.iass-potsdam.de/de/menschen/barbara-neumann
Ratter, Beate, Prof. Dr. | Hamburg University & Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht
Hamburg University und Institute of Coastal Research, HZG, Integrative Geography and Human Dimensions in Coastal Areas
Beate Ratter is professor of Integrative Geography and Coastal Research at the University of Hamburg and jointly holds the position as head of the Department Human Dimensions of Coastal Areas Institute of Costal Research, Helmholtz- Zentrum Geesthacht. Special emphasis lies on the awareness of intercultural difference in nature/culture interaction and the importance of public participation approaches in the development and adaptation of environmental management strategies. Current research interests focus on climate proofing of a sustainable development in social-ecological systems on coastal areas and small islands as well the risk perception and its impact on adaptation strategies in the context of global climate change.
• Coastal Research and Island Studies
• Sustainable Development and Governance
• Resilience and Risk Management in Socio-ecological Systems
• Climate Change Adaptation
• Complexity Theory
Learn more: https://www.hzg.de/institutes_platforms/coastal_research/system_analysis/human_dimensions/staff/staff/046689/index.php.de
Reinke de Buitrago, Sybille, Dr. | Hamburg University
Hamburg University, Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg
Political scientist with concentrations on International Relations, Foreign and Security Policy, and Peace and Conflict Studies at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH). She earned her doctoral dissertation at the University of Hamburg, and her BA and MA at American University in Washington, DC. Her research focuses on aspects and dynamics of identity, perception, spatial constructions, discourse and power, and how these affect developments in maritime security. Since a few years, she is analyzing the developments regarding conflict and cooperation in the Arctic region, in particular between coastal states and Arctic-interested states.
• Maritime security, cooperation and conflict
• Spatial constructions
• Discourse and power
Learn more: https://ifsh.de/personal/reinke-de-buitrago/
Schlüter, Achim, Prof. Dr. | Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) Bremen
Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research, Social Science Department
Leader of the working group of institutional and behavioural economics at the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research. His interest gravitates around institutions in the sense of rules, which allow for an economic, social and ecological sustainable use of tropical coastal and marine systems. For an understanding of the role of institutions, it is crucial to understand the behavior of people in relation to the respective institutions. Those aspects have been studied in various different areas within the research group, like aquaculture, marine litter, sea level rise, tourism or fisheries. From a methodological perspective the main emphasis is on the one hand on qualitative case study research and on the other hand on social science/economic experiments.
• Institutions in the sense of rules for a sustainable us of tropical marine coastal systems and the related institutional change
• Evolution of and triggers to support cooperation in the joint use of marine and coastal resources
• Behaviour of humans as central actors within the social ecological system of the coast and the sea.
Learn more: https://www.leibniz-zmt.de/de/tropenforschung/mitarbeiterinnen-mitarbeiter/achim-schlueter.html
Walsh, Cormac, PhD | Hamburg University
Hamburg University, Institute for Geography
Cormac Walsh is postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Geography, University of Hamburg. His current research concerns spatialities of coastal management and nature conservation in comparative perspective at the Wadden Sea (DFG 2016-2019). He is more broadly interested in the governance of land-sea interactions at the intersection of marine and terrestrial spatial planning. He has worked on a number of research projects in the fields of regional development and spatial planning in Ireland and Germany. He completed his PhD on strategic spatial planning at University College Dublin in 2010. Together with Friederike Gesing and Rapti Siriwardane de-Zoysa, he edits the Marine Coastal Cultures research blog at marinecoastalcultures.com.
• Land-sea interactions
• Marine spatial planning
• Integrated coastal management
• Nature of nature conservation
• Governance spatialities
Learn more: https://www.geo.uni-hamburg.de/geographie/mitarbeiterverzeichnis/walsh.html
Wirth, Christian, PhD | GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies
GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies
Dr. Christian Wirth is Research Fellow at the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies in Hamburg, and Adjunct Research Fellow at the Griffith University Asia Institute in Brisbane. Having obtained a postgraduate degree in law and completed several years of public service for the Swiss government, he went on to study Chinese language in Beijing. In 2011, he submitted his doctoral dissertation on Sino-Japanese relations and East Asian regionalism at Waseda University in Tokyo. Subsequently, funding from Waseda, Griffith, Korea and Tohoku Universities enabled him to deepen research on East Asian maritime politics. Before taking up the current position in early 2018, Dr. Wirth also taught at Sophia, Tohoku and Leiden Universities.
• The role(s) of maritime space(s) in the rise of geopolitical ideas of (international) order(s)
• The nexus between contemporary geopolitics and the international law of the sea (UNCLOS) in the Indian and Pacific Oceans
• The consequences of changing norms and boundaries for ocean governance in the Western Pacific and the Eastern Indian Ocean regions
• Socio-political transformations and the rise of the ‘blue economy’
Learn more: https://www.giga-hamburg.de/de/team/wirth
Prof. Dr. Achim Schlüter
Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT), Bremen
Prof. Dr. Silja Klepp
Kiel Marine Science, Centre for Interdisciplinary Marine Science, Christian-Albrechts University, Kiel