MARE People and the Sea Conference X

University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Theme: learning from the past, imagining the future

The Centre for Maritime Research (MARE) is preparing its 10th international People and the Sea Conference that will take place in the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands from 24-28 June 2019.

In full awareness of the major ongoing changes in the knowledge industry and how people interact with coasts and seas, we first delve into the past: what have we learned, and to what extent are we making the most of these learning opportunities? From whom should we be learning, and how do we engage in the learning process? To what extent are the insights of earlier generations of social scientists studying maritime affairs and coastal life still relevant to us? We then look forward and ask ourselves what social scientists can contribute to understanding and dealing with coastal and maritime challenges of the future.

Under the broad theme “learning from the past, imagining the future”, we investigate a myriad of matters in the context of six streams, each of which highlights a particular aspect of coastal and oceanic affairs: 

  1. Making a living from coasts and oceans
  2. Framing, knowing and dreaming coasts and oceans
  3. Governing, steering and managing coasts and oceans
  4. Navigating, touring and experiencing coasts and oceans
  5. Appropriating, contesting and criminalizing coasts and oceans
  6. Innovating, technologizing and tracking uses of coasts and oceans


The WorldFish Small-scale Fisheries team will be hosting sessions where the discussion will be on the need for a comprehensive study on small-scale fisheries, the data collection methodology for the Illuminating Hidden Harvest (IHH) study, and policy implications for implementing the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication. The following are the sessions participate by WorldFish researchers:

Tuesday, June 25th 16:45-18:15 (REC A2.07)

  • Realizing the potential of fish in food systems Fiona Simmance (Chair), Kendra Byrd, David Mills, Shakuntala Thilsted,  Jillian Tutuo and Tezzo Xavier     


 Wednesday, June 26th; 10:30-12:00​ (REC A2.08)

  • Small-scale fisheries livelihoods under threat: white elephants, aquaculture and conservation.  Hampus Eriksson, Mbachi Msomphora (Chair), Philile Mbatha and Blanca Gonzalez- Mon


Wednesday, June 26th; 10:30-12:00​ (REC A1.07)

  • Feminist Knowledge production in fisheries and coastal research.  Afrina Choudhury, Phillippa Cohen, Sarah Harper, Danika Kleiber (Chair), Alexander Tilley and Cynthia McDougall

​Thursday, June 27th; 15:00-16:30​ (REC  A2.10)

  • (En) Gendering Change in Small-Scale Fisheries and Fishing Communities in a Globalized world Katia Frangoudes (Chair), Siri ​Gerrard (Chair), Danika Kleiber (Chair), Esther Copete, Kumi Soejima, and Afrina Choudhury 


This MARE conference includes a set of so-called ‘X-keynote speaker sessions’ featuring twelve former speakers from the period 2001 to 2017, who have been invited to reflect on the continuing relevance of the perspectives they brought forward at the time, as well as on the content of a social science manifesto for the marine social sciences. Among the  Keynote speaker is WorldFish Honorary Fellows, Prof.Eddie Allison and Dr. John Kurien and the session schedule as below:

Wednesday, June 26th; 13:00-14:30 (REC A1.02)

  • X-Keynote panel 1: Fisheries world-wide  Joeri Scholtens and Nathan Bennett (Facilitator), Professor Rashid Sumaila, University of British Columbia, Professor Moenieba Isaacs, University of the Western Cape, Senior fishery planning officer (retd) Rolf Willman, FAO and Professor John Kurien, Azim Premji University

Wednesday, June 26th; 15:00-16:30 (REC A1.02)

  • X-Keynote panel 2: Fisheries in context Marloes Kraan and Nathalie Steins (Facilitators), Professor Edward Allison, University of Washington, Professor Alpina Begossi, Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP) and Professor Jeremy Phillipson, Newcastle University

To view the full session, click here.