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Key Publications

Governance, Planning and Management of Marine and Coastal Areas
Integrated Assessment and Science-Policy Collaboration
Cultural and Social significance of the oceans

Key Papers: Governance, Planning and Management of Marine and Coastal Areas

Harker, L. Stojanovic, T.A. Majalia, A. Jackson, C. Baya, S. (2022) Relationships between Livelihoods, Well-being, and Marine Protected Areas. Evidence from a community survey, Watamu Marine National Park and Mida Creek, Kenya. Coastal Management 50 (6) 490-513

With Marine Protected Areas expanding worldwide, this paper examines relationships between livelihoods and wellbeing in local coastal communities, and the benefits and disbenefits that marine protected areas contribute.

Shucksmith, R, Stojanovic, T, Slater AM, Withouck, I, Allan, K (2020) Using marine planning to balance competing demands on the marine environment: International comparisons . MAST-S report to ECCLR committee, Scottish Parliament.

Reviews the implementation of regional marine planning in Scotland. Compares this with the implmentation of Marine Planning in Europe, North America and New Zealand to identify key strengths and opportunities for learning in the Scottish approach.

Stojanovic, T., and K. Gee (2020) Governance as a framework to theorise and evaluate marine planning. Marine Policy 120, 104115

This paper critically reviews different governance theories and how they might be applied to theorise and evaluate the sustainability of marine spatial planning. One aim is to improve dialogue and understanding between different research traditions in the field, and a second aim is to support researchers in designing evaluatory frameworks.

Greenhill, L., T. A. Stojanovic, and P. Tett (2020) Does marine planning enable progress towards adaptive governance of marine systems? Lessons from Scotlandís regional marine planning process. Maritime Studies 19 (3) 299-315

Operationalises measurement of adaptative governance, and reviews the extent to which adaptive governance is implemented in marine spatial planning, using examples of marine planning partnerships in Scotland.

Smith, H. D., I. Ball, R. C. Ballinger, T. A. Stojanovic, and T. Thrupp (2015). Strategy for Marine Environment Conservation and Development in the United Kingdom. In. B. Cicin-Sain, D. Vanderzwaag, and M. C. Balgos (eds.) Routledge Handbook and National and Regional Ocean Policies. Routledge, London and New York. 186-235

Provides an overview of the marine sectors, resources, policies and institutional arrangements for oceans in UK waters.

Stojanovic, T.A. Farmer, C.J.Q (2013) The Development of the World Oceans & Coasts and Concepts of Sustainability. Marine Policy 42, 157-163.

This paper considers measures of development in the world oceans, drawing on novel metrics of 'colonisation' and 'urbanisation' to find evidence of dramatic growth in the most recent long term economic cycles. It also reviews the policy responses in seven major maritime regimes and presents a framework for classifying different conceptualisations of sustainability.

Smith, H.D. Ballinger, R.C. and Stojanovic, T.A. (2012) The Spatial Development Basis of Marine Spatial Planning in the United Kingdom. Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning 14 (1):29-47.

This paper sets Marine Spatial Planning it is broad historical context, describing the UK development of a new integrated, placed-based approach, in addition to the well established sectoral regime. It especially focuses on delineating the major types of human development and activity on seas and coasts, and their resultant considerations for planning (e.g. Ports and Shipping, Fisheries, Renewable Energy, etc.), before discussing the important governance dimensions involved in the long term development of MSP.

Smith, H.D. Maes, F. Stojanovic, T.A. Ballinger, R.C. (2010) The integration of land and marine spatial planning. Journal of Coastal Conservation and Management 15(2):291-303.

This paper identifies the role of terrestrial and marine planning in responding to development drivers (sectoral activities) in coasts and oceans. Focusing on Europe, it outlines the approaches and justifications for fledgling marine planning systems and makes an analysis of the key challenges involved in integrating marine and terrestrial planning.

Ballinger, R. and T. Stojanovic (2010) Policy development and the estuary environment: A Severn Estuary case study. Marine Pollution Bulletin 61 (1-3) 132-145.

The paper reviews the development of policy relating to estuaries, focusing on European policy and new approaches to environmental governance, including an analysis of how 'fit for purpose' the current policy framework is to address currrent sustainability challenges.

Stojanovic, T.A. Ballinger, R.C. (2009) Integrated Coastal Management: a comparative analysis of four UK initiatives. Applied Geography 29 (1) 49-62.

Develops a mid-range theory about effective coastal management at local and regional scales, drawing on empirical evidence.

Smith, H.D. Ballinger, R.C. Stojanovic, T. Reis, J. Potts, J.S. Carter, D. (2009) The Management, Planning and Governance of the UK Marine and Coastal Environment. Oceans Yearbook 23 (1) Brill: Leiden. 251-278.

Provides an overview of developments in UK marine and coastal governance, drawing on an assessment made for the The Ocean Policy Summit.

Stojanovic, T. Ballinger, R.C. (2009) Responding to Coastal Issues in the UK: managing information and collaborating through partnerships. Oceans Yearbook 23 (1) Brill: Leiden. 445-472.

Provides a detailed consideration of issues such as participation and integration in the management of coastal areas.

Stojanovic, T. Barker, N. (2008) Improving Governance through local Coastal Partnerships in the UK. Geographical Journal 174 (4) 344-360.

Presents a critical review of the current debate about the effectiveness of coastal management. This paper contains a comprehensive analysis of European legislation behind initiatives for marine and coastal management (see Table 3).

Shipman, B. Stojanovic, T. (2007) Facts, Fictions and Failures of Integrated Coastal Zone Management in Europe. Coastal Management 35 (2-3) 375-398

Assesses the progress and maturity of Integrated Coastal (Zone) Management in Europe, drawing on contemporary sustainability indicators.

Stojanovic, T.A. Ballinger, R.C. Lalwani, C.S. (2004) Successful Integrated Coastal Management: measuring it with research and contributing to wise practice. Ocean and Coastal Management 47 (5-6) 273-298.

Outlines foundational concepts for measuring effectiveness of marine and coastal management, drawing on environmental management and sustainability literature.

Interdisciplinary Scientific Research linked to policy- including Climate Change Adaptation

Riegel, S. Kuhfuss, L. Stojanovic, T. (2023) Nature-based Solutions for Climate Change Mitigation: Assessing the Scottish Publicís Preferences for Saltmarsh Carbon Storage. Ecological Economics 211, 107863

Reviews public preferences for Saltmarsh conservation and improvement and finds evidence for support across different social groups, highlighting the importance of going beyond a focus on 'carbon' to consider the mitigation adaptation benefits of nature based solutions for a range of ecosystem services.

Bisaro, A., M. De Bel, J. Hinkel, S. Kok, T. Stojanovic, and D. Ware (2020) Multilevel governance of coastal flood risk reduction: A public finance perspective. Environmental Science & Policy 112: 203-212.

Compares how a number of coastal countries fund flood and coastal erosion risk management, explores the implications for future climate adaptation, and reviews a range approaches for reconciling costs and benefits across national to local scales.

Duvat, V. K. E., A. K. Magnan, R. M. Wise, J. E. Hay, I. Fazey, J. Hinkel, T. Stojanovic, H. Yamano, and V. Ballu (2017) Trajectories of exposure and vulnerability of small islands to climate change. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change 8 (6)

Showcases a dynamic approach to evaluating exposure and vulnerability to climate change in small island settings through configuring trajectories.

Stojanovic, T, McNae, H, Tett, P, Reis, J, Smith, HD & Dillingham, I (2016) 'The ďsocialĒ aspect of social-ecological systems: a critique of analytical frameworks and findings from a multisite study of coastal sustainability' Ecology and Society, 21 (3) Art 15.

Reviews the concept of social-ecological systems. It utilises an elegant combination of scientometrics, critical theory and empirical research to evaluate approaches to sustainability science, and provide directions for interdisciplinary research.

Dronkers, J & Stojanovic, TA (2016) Socio-economic impacts- Coastal Management and Governance. in M Quante & F Colijn (eds), North Sea Region Climate Change Assessment. Springer, pp. 475-488

Reviews approaches to shoreline management and climate adaptation in countries around the North Sea.

Stojanovic T. Green D.R., Lymbery, G. (2010) Approaches to knowledge sharing and capacity building: The role of local information systems in marine and coastal management. Ocean & Coastal Management 53 (12) 805-815.

Develops theory from information systems and information science applied to the planning and management of marine coastal areas. In particular, the paper develops the concept of a Local Information System as an organising idea which embraces people, data, information and technology to support decision-making. Puts forward ideas for the integration of monitoring, surveillance, environmental assessment, indicators and knowledge sharing.

Stojanovic, T. Ball, I. Ballinger, R. Lymbery, G. Dodds, W. (2009) The Role of Research Networks for Science-Policy Collaboration in Coastal Areas. Marine Policy 36 (3) 901-911.

Considers the challenges and opportunities for developing a learning-based approach to management in the marine environment, involving scientists, policymakers and practitioners to develop sustainability science and climate change research strategies.

Stojanovic, T.A. Philippe M. Andicoechea, C. (2008) Guide pour la mise en oeuvre d'un systeme d'information local littoral. COREPOINT, Cardiff University and Amure.
Stojanovic, T.A. (2008) Guidelines for Implementing Local Information Systems at the Coast. COREPOINT and Cardiff University. Available online

Drawing on the experience of case studies around Europe, provides a practical guide to implementing approaches from information science in dealing with information overload in the marine and coastal environment

Cultural and Social significance of the oceans

Jones, L., Boeri, M., Christie, M., Durance, I., Evans, K. L., Fletcher, D., Harrison, L., Jorgensen, A., Masante, D., McGinlay, J., Paterson, D. M., Schmucki, R., Short, C., Small, N., Southon, G., Stojanovic, T., & Waters, R. (2021) Can we model cultural ecosystem services, and are we measuring the right things? People and Nature 4 (1) 166-179

Reviews the particular challenges of measuring and modeling Cultural Ecosystem Services, and tests a 'Capitals' approach to explore the significance of relational values in explaining service provision.

Scottish Government (2020) Case Study: Scotland's coastal town typology. In: Scotlandís Marine Assessment 2020.

Contributes a dataset to support consideration of coastal communities in marine planning.

Boeri, M., T. A. Stojanovic, L. J. Wright, N. H. K. Burton, N. Hockley, and R. B. Bradbury (2020) Public preferences for multiple dimensions of bird biodiversity at the coast: insights for the cultural ecosystem services framework Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 235: 106571.

Examines the relationships between biodiversity and cultural ecosystem services, through a large representative survey of the UK population, finding evidence for income, age, environmental activity, visits to environmental settings, and gender as important determinants

McKinley, E., T. G. Acott, and T. Stojanovic (2019) Socio-cultural dimensions of Marine Spatial Planning. In: J. Zaucha, and K. Gee (eds.) Maritime Spatial Planning: past, present, future. Palgrave Mcmillan.

Outlines a range of emerging concepts such as well-being, ocean citizenship and cultural ecosystem services, and identifies the challenges for applying these concepts to understand the social significance of the oceans

Duffy, P. D., and T. A. Stojanovic (2018) The Potential for Assemblage Thinking in Population Geography: Assembling Population, Space and Place. Population, Space and Place 24 (3).

Presents a dynamic typology of coastal settlements, as an evidence base to support marine planning. Showcases the potential of assemblage thinking in deepening our understanding of coastal settlements and improving methodologies for population geography.

Stojanovic, T.A. Jackson, M. Duck, R. Gilmour, D. Falconer, R. Stojanovic, V. (2016) The physical characteristics and features of the Forth-Tay marine planning region and their importance for seascape characterisation. Tay Estuary Forum Occasional paper Series, 6. Tay Estuary Forum: Dundee

Identifies key physical characteristics to be reviewed in seascape characterisation. Reviews the use of visualisation technologies and compares approaches to characterisation around the UK.