Maritime Studies (or MAST) is an interdisciplinary, international journal devoted to maritime issues and is a sequel to Maritime Anthropological Studies, which appeared between 1988 and 1993. MAST has a social science focus, but functions as a platform for scholars from a broad range of disciplines who are engaged in research on maritime and coastal matters, from an academic or applied point of view.

MAST is supported by MARE (Center for Maritime Research), an interdisciplinary social-science institute studying the use and management of marine resources. Its objective is to provide a stimulating intellectual climate for academics and policymakers in Europe as well as in the South. Although MARE limits its action radius to the social sciences, it seeks active collaboration with other disciplines. It strives to maintain a balanced mix of academic and policy-oriented research. MARE takes a global perspective, emphasizing the coastal zones of Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Africa. It covers a broad spectrum of topics, drawing on expertise from fields such as law, history, economics, political science, public administration, anthropology, and geography.

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  • Collection: Small fish for food and nutrition in the Global South: A value chain approach

    Small and low-cost fish are increasingly perceived as contributing to the food security and nutrition of poor and undernourished populations in the Global South. However, the value chains of these fish remain understudied. Therefore, we ask: what are the myriad ways through which small and low-cost fish reach consumers in countries in Africa and Asia?

  • Collection: Mobilizing small-scale fishing communities for justice and sustainability: Opportunities for food systems transformation

    This Collection examines the expressions and dynamics of community and social movement organizing towards justice and sustainability within small-scale fishing communities across the Global North and South. In so doing, we hope to further understand and advance collective action on sustainable development, social and environmental justice, and movements and mobilization while also considering how an analysis of social movements pertaining to food systems transformation may be enhanced by greater attention to the politics and governance of small-scale fishing communities.

  • Collection: Work in Industrial Fishing: Why so marginalized, and who can do what to improve working conditions?

    Environmental NGOs have been incorporating working conditions into their definitions of sustainability at a global scale, while academic researchers are now exploring the questions posed above through in-depth empirical research. This collection assembles some of this research to consider why work in fishing has been so marginalized compared to work in other maritime sectors and to work on land; to explore how and why workers are recruited to work in fisheries and how they experience working conditions; and to identify some of the issues that need to be considered in policies and strategies that aim to improve working conditions in fishing.

  • Collection: Marine Conflicts and pathways to sustainability in an era of blue growth and climate change

    Worldwide, marine conflicts are growing in frequency and intensity due to increasing global demands for resources (Blue Growth) and climate change. The exacerbation of existing conflicts and generation of new ones risks impeding efforts to achieve marine related Sustainable Development Goals. In response, in this special issue we examine the complexity of marine conflicts and their relation to sustainability and social justice.

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