CfP – The Emerging Geo(-)Politics of Seabed Mining – MARE Conference Panel

From 18. March 2019

CfP “The emerging geo(-)politics of seabed mining ” – Panel at MARE Conference 2019

Dates: 25 – 28 June 2019

Panel organisers: 
Dr John Childs (Lancaster University, and Rosanna Carver (Lancaster University,

The depletion of onshore minerals, alongside technological advances, has led to a resurgence of interest in the exploration and exploitation of reserves located at the seabed. Concurrently, global and national discourses of the blue economy and blue growth speak of the development potential of seabed mining as a viable industry (Winder and Le Heron 2017: UNECA 2016). This panel at the 2019 MARE People and the Sea Conference X, Amsterdam will critically engage with the emerging geo(-)politics of seabed mining. Many uncertainties pertain to marine-based mining, wrought by legislative ambiguity and the complex (geo)physical nature of the sea and proposed operations. These extractive projects also have the potential to conflict with traditional actors in the marine sphere including, but not limited to, artisanal and industrial fishing.

We invite a variety of perspectives to explore the emerging politics and geopolitical challenges of seabed mining, contributing to related debates on ensuing contestations, rights and governance.  Interested participants should send an abstract of no more than 300 words to both John Childs ( and Rosanna Carver ( no later than 28 March 2019. In addition to the abstract, please include the title of the paper, the author’s name, affiliation, and email.

Conference Logistics: The 2019 MARE People and the Sea Conference X takes place at the Roeterseiland complex, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands from 25 – 28 June 2019.