Centre for Maritime Research (MARE) and SISWO/Netherlands Institute for the Social Sciences
Participants in the three-day international conference examined cross-disciplinary issues in maritime research. Core sessions focused on the following topics:
- integrated coastal zone management
- property rights and multiple-use conflicts
- stakeholders and policy-making processes
- maritime work worlds and cultures
- theory, methodology, and ethics
- development and change.
Ms. J.M. de Vries, state secretary of the Ministry of Transport, Public Works, and Water Management cordially agreed to open the conference. In three plenary sessions, keynote speakers addressed current topics in maritime social-science research. Together, they helped set an agenda for the future. The keynote speakers were Prof. Biliana Cicin-Sain (University of Delaware, USA), Dr. John Kurien (Center for Development Studies, India), and Prof. Jean-Philippe Platteau (University of Namur, Belgium).
The conference included forty panel sessions on a wide variety of topics, as well as a small film program. It was attended by 155 academics from all parts of the world, representing all major social science disciplines.
Dr. Rob van Ginkel of the Centre for Maritime Research (MARE) presented a wrap-up of the conference.