Graduate Advisor: Amy Lauren Lovecraft
Graduate Project Description:
The partitioning and classification of marine areas for the purposes of regulation and management constitutes a unique production of legal space, not least due to the fragmentation of rule-making institutions and diversity of competing interests.
The extreme dynamicity of the changing Arctic, however, demands appropriately scaled, adaptive, and inclusive governance models based both in real-time scientific data and transparent collaboration with Indigenous and local stakeholders. Incorporating innovative scientific and political technologies such as “marine spatial planning”, “dynamic ocean management”, and “information bridging”, Arctic shipping governance must remain responsive and “response-able” to natural phenomena as well as macroeconomic, political, and technological-scientific changes.
In the Bering Strait, the certain and potential transboundary impacts of shipping activities point to the urgent need for bilateral and international institutional coordination and Indigenous-led approaches. Such actions could lay the groundwork for enhanced environmental diplomacy, participatory adaptation, and safer shipping practices.
Questions about how, by whom, and with what tools, values, and knowledge Bering Strait traffic will be governed must be addressed if just and equitable progress is to be made on these fronts. How are jurisdictional, regulatory, and scientific-observational spatializations of the BSR accelerating or mitigating the buildup of shipping risks? What forms of coordination, planning, and adjudication of authority among the region’s many actors contribute to mitigation of shipping risks?