SP114 - Blue economy: just transitions and sustainability incorporated?
Convened by Johan Spamer (the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), the Netherlands) and Renata Cavalcanti Muniz (ISS, the Netherlands)

Since 2012, Blue Economy is portrayed as an inclusive ocean based sustainable development model. Without a common definition and practice, the concept is being interpreted by various actors according to their often-competing agendas and objectives. New notions, such as ‘blue justice’ and ‘blue diplomacy’ are coined as vessels to address inequality, poverty and political marginalization. Based on these ideas, this panel opens the discussion on whether this new framing of development comes as a contribution to the solidarity and social justice agenda or is just another empty categorization. This panel invites draft papers about Blue Economy discourses and practices.