“Environmental Governance of the Oceans” by Dr Tim. A Stojanovic, University of St Andrews.

“Environmental Governance of the Oceans” by Dr Tim. A Stojanovic, University of St Andrews.

A free seminar held at the University of Greenwich.
Human activities in the oceans are expanding rapidly. There is concern that the oceans are facing environmentally degrading development pressures, as catchments did the industrial revolution. But there is also hope that new forms of activity can be developed smartly to minimise environmental impacts and benefit society. In response to these pressures, since 2005 over 60 marine plans have been developed by nations to help govern the marine environment. This paper will provide an overview of the phases and scales of marine development in the global oceans, as well as a review of the approaches to marine planning. In conclusion, the seminar will invite scholarly reflection surrounding these practicable tasks, including: What kind of institutional arrangements can draw together public, private and civil society into partnerships for the sustainability of the oceans? How should marine plans draw on the traditions of planning in the terrestrial environment? Which principles of governance will lead to more just allocation and sustainable outcomes for the world’s oceans? Such research questions build upon Greenwich Maritime Centre’s stated aims to deepen understanding of the relationships between society and the sea.

Tuesday 3rd April, 2018
Old Royal Naval College campus
Lecture Theatre Queen Anne 080
5.30pm – 8.00pm

The talk will last for 45 mins with a chance for a Q&A and networking after.

Tickets are free but limited so please do reserve your place: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gmc-seminar-environmental-governance-of-the-oceans-tickets-42745444776

For more information on our seminar series please visit: http://www.gre.ac.uk/ach/gmc/seminar-series/gmc-and-cmrg-seminar-series

Find out more about the Coastal and Marine Research Group (RGS) here: https://coastalmarineresearchgroup.wordpress.com/

If you have any queries please email: gmc@greenwich.ac.uk


Final Call for Papers – GMC Society and the Sea 2018 Conference



The Greenwich Maritime Centre presents our biennial conference: Society and the Sea 2018 ‘THE VALUES OF THE OCEAN AND COASTS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT’, 6 & 7 September 2018.

Details and submissions: https://goo.gl/forms/9GrYKd4zyFjGDuLF3

Deadline: 16th April 2018

Queries: societyandthesea@greenwich.ac.uk

Visby Maritime Symposium, 10 – 12 October 2018, Visby, Sweden.

Visby Maritime Symposium

International Merchant Shipping in the 21st century:
Social Science Perspectives on Opportunities and Challenges
10 – 12 October 2018, Visby, Sweden


The last few decades have seen a breath taking number of technological breakthroughs. These may change the work that people do in profound and unexpected ways. However, while much attention has been devoted to technological developments, the implications of new technologies for those employed in the shipping industry, whether on shore or at sea, are not yet well understood.

Bringing together industry experts and scholars, the Visby Maritime Symposium provides a forum for presenting state-of-the-art research from across the social sciences and for discussing directions for future research to meet the challenges facing merchant shipping in a socially responsible way.

The Visby Maritime Symposium is organized by Dr Birgit Pauksztat (Uppsala University, Campus Gotland) and Dr. Mike Barnett (MLB Maritime Services). It will be hosted by the Department of Business Studies, Uppsala University, and Uppsala University Campus Gotland.

More details, including Call-for-papers, programme, and contact information can be found at: http://www.fek.uu.se/research/visby-maritime-symposium/ 

‘Equal Shipping: why are women still underrepresented in maritime?’

Webinar announcement!

Equal Shipping: why are women still underrepresented in maritime?

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

02:30 PM British Summer Time

Details & Sign up here: https://event.on24.com/wcc/r/1611278/FA61599D5FA1B2C56EEF0A935BCE109B?partnerref=GMC

This webinar, presented by Lloyd’s Maritime Academy, will assess the current position of women in maritime at a turning point for the industry. We will be looking at the importance of representation, reducing barriers, and speaking out against workplace inequality, what the future looks like for the shipping industry.


#maritime #equalshipping

Seminar next week! Caird Library Research Seminar: 5th March!

5 March

Quintin Colville, Curator of Naval History

Collecting Maritime History? Callender, Caird and the National Maritime Museum, 1928–39

This paper explores the vision of British history and heritage that guided the work of both the National Maritime Museum’s first director and its most generous benefactor. Though from differing professional backgrounds, these men shared a particular vision of Britain’s past, present and future – one inseparable from notions of sea power and national destiny. The historic themes, objects, people and events around which they fashioned the Museum tell a complex and important story.

Date and time: 3.30pm – 4.30pm
Admission: Free
Location: National Maritime Museum, Caird Library & Archive

More info at: https://www.rmg.co.uk/see-do/exhibitions-events/caird-library-research-seminars-2018 

ONE WEEK TO GO! “From Stem to Stern: Celebrating the ‘Wonder’ of Maritime History”

Greenwich Maritime Centre and Coastal and Marine Research Group Seminar Series 

Wednesday 21st February 2018

6pm – 8.30pm

“From Stem to Stern: Celebrating the ‘Wonder’ of Maritime History”

Dr Cathryn Pearce

Hartlepool Cultural Services

Photo credit: Hartlepool Cultural Services (https://www.flickr.com/photos/hartlepool_museum/6874441692)

In her online magazine Brain Pickings, Maria Popova observed that some people were so concerned with labelling themselves and each other, that they had lost a sense of their whole self, as well as of the many layers making up their identity. They had, she said, quoting Walt Whitman, lost the sense of ‘”wonder that comes from discovering each other’s multitudes afresh’.” This perception has some resonance. Maritime history, too, has seen such fractured identities, driven from both inside and outside of the discipline. In tonight’s session, Cathryn Pearce will consider the ways we can rediscover and celebrate ‘each other’s multitudes afresh’—academics, public historians, independent scholars and enthusiasts alike, and explore the means to join forces to face the economic and environmental rough seas ahead.

Venue: University of Greenwich, Old Royal Naval College, 30 Park Row, London SE10 9LS

Lecture Theatre QA180.

Tickets are free but spaces are limited so we do ask people to book their seat on our Eventbrite page. You can complete the form here:


If you have any questions about the event please email gmc@greenwich.ac.uk

Seminar Announcement 20th February! Maritime History & Culture Seminars at the Institute of Historical Research:

Date: 20th February 2018

Location: The Institute of Historical Research, University of London, Senate House, London WE1E 7HU

Time: 17:15 in Wolfson Room I

Dr Caroline Withall, National Maritime Museum

The forgotten boys of the sea: Marine Society merchant sea apprentices, 1772-1854

Dr Caroline Withall will explore the lives of poor boys who went to sea during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Meet apprentices like Edward Kelly, who was beaten so badly he lost the use of his arm, William Cakebread, who was jailed for smuggling, and William Brook, a ‘boy of colour’ recommended by the Lord Mayor of London.

Where did these boys come from? Who employed them and how were they treated? Where were they sent? Did they find better lives at sea? Did they run away? How many of them survived?

The Marine Society is well known for sending boys to the Royal Navy but, as this seminar will show, supplying apprentices for merchant ships became the society’s main focus. Dr Withall will also address broader social and economic issues within British and maritime history, drawing upon data on over 22,000 of these ‘forgotten’ boys.