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
  • learn how policy decisions are made in the face of scientific uncertainty and social conflict
  • understand real-world policymaking and how it accommodates policy analysis
  • understand the various actors and their interactions in the field of maritime policy
  • examine the nature of problems in the marine environment and how they are framed in the policy discourse

Examples of related MMA student theses:

  • Allen, Maggie. 2016. Stronger Together: The Cross-Cultural Coalition to Stop a Fossil Fuel Export Terminal in the Salish Sea.
  • Mossler, Max. 2016. Building support for carbon emissions mitigation: can we use an ocean acidification frame to promote support?
  • Tracey, Brian. 2019. Social Capital and Underrepresented Minority Graduate Students at the University of Washington’s School of Marine and Environmental Affairs.
  • Harding, Bridget. 2020. Organizational Sustainability of Environmental Non-governmental Organizations in South Korea.

Examples of related MMA student capstones:

  • White, Nicole; Sivinski, Seth; Desillier, Megan. 2016. Capstone: Energy Risks In Marine Transportation.
  • Rhoades, Emily; Peterson, Henry; Nelson, Mackenzie; McShirley, Kadie; Flittner, Brittany. 2018. Capstone: Seattle’s Sustainable Seafood Landscape.
  • Martin, Kelly; Franke, Emilie; Chicojay Moore, Katrina. 2019. Capstone: West Coast Groundfish Catch Shares: Options for the Adaptive Management Program.
  • Skrobe, Marlena, Dalton, Katy, Berndtson, Bell, Henry. 2020 Capstone: Lessons Learned from Tropical Ocean Learning Networks.

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