START DATE01/10/2020 - 12:00
END DATE01/10/2020 - 16:00
ORGANISERGerman Centre for Research and Innovation (DWIH) New Delhi with German Maritime Museum / Leibniz Institute for Maritime History
2020 was slated to be the year of the oceans, appropriately acknowledging a decade that will increasingly see states attempting to create value from maritime resources. Already, the oceans feed nearly half the world’s population and add USD 3 trillion to the economy every year. Shipping carries 90 per cent of world trade and is the most energy efficient mode of transportation. Worldwide, ocean linked industries also create up to 31 million full time jobs. However, a range of human behavior continues to exacerbate damage to maritime environments, communities, and actors.
Many coastal areas suffer from climate change and are under threat from pollution, as well as the over-harvesting of marine resources. Beyond the environmental imperatives, it is essential for the international community to commit to and agenda that prioritizes social inclusion and economic prosperity for all. Un-regulated economic growth continues to lead to increasing inequality, elite capture, abuse of workers’ rights, and the marginalisation of local communities. As ocean-based activities are an important workspace, creating jobs and opportunities in a diverse array of sectors such as shipping, tourism, cruises, fisheries, and renewable energy, more attention is needed to ensure decent work, living wages, and responsible production and consumption practices. By addressing these issues there is an opportunity to reap distributional benefits accruing from labour equality, improved livelihoods, and revitalization of coastal economies. Indeed, the blue economy has acquired importance in realizing almost each of the 17 sustainable development goals. As the oceans increasingly command international attention, it is imperative for scholars to examine the blue economy in the light of the SDGs. There is a need to not only raise public awareness but to also mobilize a cross sectoral community from government, business, civil society, and international organizations to fast track research in this domain.
Responding to these realities, this 1-day closed online workshop, organized by the DWIH New Delhi and the German Maritime Museum, aims to bring together postdoctoral maritime scholars from India and from Germany to engage them in an interdisciplinary discussion on what will undoubtably be the decade of the oceans.
The workshop is specifically targeted at post-doctoral researchers from the natural and social sciences, as well as the humanities. Please find the workshop program attached here. Further details can also be obtained from the website. Deadline for application is 20.07.2020 with a likelihood of extension. Participation in the workshop is free of cost.
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