Special Issue "Sustainable Management of Marine Resources under Uncertainty: Economic, Environmental and Social Aspects"


A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2015)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Phoebe Koundouri
1 ATHENS UNIVERSITY OF ECONOMIC AND BUSINESS, Department of International and European Economic Studies and Director of ReSEES: Research on Socio-Economic and Environmental Sustainability, Greece
2 LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE (LSE), Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, UK
Website: http://www.aueb.gr/users/koundouri/resees/
Fax: +30 210 8214122
Interests: Natural Resources (Renewable and Non-Renewable) Economics and Econometrics; Long-Run Discounting, Economic Sustainability and Long-Run Cost-Benefit Analysis; Uncertainty, Risk and Irreversibility, Natural Disasters; Benefit Valuation; Production and the Environment; Agricultural Economics; Regulation and Instruments; Game Theory and the Environment; Philosophy of science applied to economics (general), econometrics and environmental and resource economics; Econometric Methods

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Estimates of global oceanic economic activity’s value range between 3-6 trillion (USD)/year. Such activity includes a wide range of ocean-related industries, which contribute to both current and future economic development. In fact, offshore activities are expected to be intensified in the near future.

In this context, the single most important challenge will be the development of an integrated framework of analysis for assessing the environmental, economic (including financial), and social sustainability aspects of offshore activities. Developing such a framework will have to occur under environmental and socio-economic uncertainty. A related challenge is the development and implementation of the management strategies that are needed to support welfare-improving, sustainable offshore activities and to facilitate the implementation of the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive.

Offshore activities involve three compounding levels of uncertainty—uncertainty over the underlying marine physical or ecological processes, uncertainty over the socio-economic impacts of offshore activities and of environmental changes (that are related to said activities), and uncertainty over technological changes that might ameliorate economic impacts and/or reduce the cost of limiting the environmental damage in the first instance.

This Special Issue aims at building the needed integrated framework of analysis. Given the aforementioned three compounding levels of uncertainty, this is a challenge!

Dr. Phoebe Koundouri
Guest Editor


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  • marine resources
  • offshore activities
  • integrated sustainable management
  • Social Cost-Benefit Analysis Framework for Assessing Environmental, Economic (including financial) and Social Sustainability
  • Environmental, Technological and Socio-Economic Uncertainty
  • Ecosystem Services Based Valuation Methods

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p. 6804-6853
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Sustainability 2015, 7(6), 6804-6853; doi:10.3390/su7066804
Received: 28 January 2015 / Revised: 11 May 2015 / Accepted: 11 May 2015 / Published: 28 May 2015
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Sustainability 2015, 7(4), 4625-4642; doi:10.3390/su7044625
Received: 25 February 2015 / Revised: 21 March 2015 / Accepted: 13 April 2015 / Published: 17 April 2015
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Sustainability 2015, 7(2), 1263-1279; doi:10.3390/su7021263
Received: 30 September 2014 / Revised: 13 January 2015 / Accepted: 15 January 2015 / Published: 26 January 2015
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Sustainability 2014, 6(12), 8466-8484; doi:10.3390/su6128466
Received: 13 August 2014 / Revised: 5 November 2014 / Accepted: 7 November 2014 / Published: 25 November 2014
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Sustainability 2014, 6(11), 8195-8217; doi:10.3390/su6118195
Received: 10 August 2014 / Revised: 14 October 2014 / Accepted: 23 October 2014 / Published: 18 November 2014
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Sustainability 2014, 6(11), 7945-7966; doi:10.3390/su6117945
Received: 26 September 2014 / Revised: 31 October 2014 / Accepted: 4 November 2014 / Published: 11 November 2014
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Sustainability 2014, 6(6), 3878-3898; doi:10.3390/su6063878
Received: 28 February 2014 / Revised: 4 June 2014 / Accepted: 5 June 2014 / Published: 17 June 2014
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