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Record number 542358
Title Assessing social innovation across offshore sectors in the Dutch North Sea
Author(s) Soma, K.; Burg, S.W.K. van den; Selnes, T.; Heide, C.M. van der
Source Ocean & Coastal Management 167 (2019). - ISSN 0964-5691 - p. 42 - 51.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2018.10.003
Department(s) WASS
Green Economy and Landuse
Agricultural Economics and Rural Policy
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2019
Keyword(s) Maritime spatial planning - Social innovation - Dutch North Sea - Offshore mussel producton - Offshore seaweed production - Offshore wind production
Abstract Activities in the North Sea are intensifying. The European Union instructs maritime spatial planning across member states that motivates coordination of activities, stakeholders, policies, governance levels and nations. Social innovation is a concept addressing ways in which changing attitudes, behaviour or perceptions are leading to new and improved ways of acting jointly within a group and beyond. The main aim of this article is to explore social innovation in maritime spatial planning. Instances of social innovation are assessed across three sectors in the Dutch North Sea: the offshore wind energy, the offshore mussel cultivation and the offshore seaweed farming. The assessment shows that, while existing systems of social innovation are favourable to the offshore wind expansions, the barriers to grow for the offshore mussel sector include low willingness to change within the sector, and disadvantageous governmental support to change. The offshore seaweed farming is in a stage of re-organisation of not yet developed regulations, rules and norms for production offshore and enhanced cooperation, with unsure outcomes. Maritime spatial planning can play a more influential role for change if tackling main challenges, including inclusiveness, accountability, private user rights and realisation of organisation or reorganisation, and if making use of the potentials of knowledge brokers when sectors are advancing with new technologies.
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