Marine and environmental resources are governed by complex policy processes. Their use involves trade-offs, and sometimes conflicts within and among communities. Their governance and management often necessitates participation of a multitude of actors, including governmental agencies at various levels, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations, private sector, partnerships, and networks. These actors define policy problems in different ways, have different priorities on how to shape policy agendas, devise a range of policy solutions, and evaluate them using a multitude of criteria. And, of course, these actors have varying preferences on how to implement them. Our faculty conduct research, teach courses, and contribute to public service that address the above issues.

Faculty active in this research area:

Please see individual faculty web pages for more about their work in this area.

Related SMEA courses:

  • SMEA 502: Decision Making and Action Taking in Marine Affairs
  • SMEA 507: International Organizations and Ocean Management
  • SMEA 519: Marine Policy Analysis
  • SMEA 521: Governmental Responses to Global Climate Change

Examples of what MMA students do in this research area:

  • gain a conceptual framework to analyze marine and environmental public policies
  • draw on multiple disciplines to understand policy decisions on climate change and other environmental resource issues
  • learn to define policy problems and objectives and devising alternative policy solutions
  • understand real-world policymaking and how it accommodates policy analysis
  • examine the nature of problems in the marine environment and how they are framed in the policy discourse

Examples of related MMA student theses:

Peterson, Railin. 2013. The utilization and eectiveness of sediment recontamination prevention measures at Superfund sites.

Kent, Keeley. 2012. Learning to Share the Fish: A multiple case study on the use of market-based mechanisms in U.S. Federal Fisheries Management

Murphy, Amanda. 2011. A Collaborative Approach to Intergovernmental Coordination: A case study of the Olympic Coast Intergovernmental Policy Council

Hansey, John. 2006. Developments in State Ocean Governance: Innovation, action and the progress of United States ocean and coastal policy

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