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Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics

About This Journal

The Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics publishes research related to the theory and practice of applying economic perspectives to the understanding of ocean and coastal resources and to coastal areas as economic regions. The geographic focus of the journal is the global ocean and major bodies of fresh water (such as the North American Great Lakes) that serve the same economic function as the oceans and seas.

The Journal publishes papers related to the history, trends, and projections of economic activity in coastal geographies and industries, the non-market valuation of ocean and coastal resources, and the unique socioeconomic characteristics of coastal regions and how these are impacted by both natural processes and human activity.

The Journal publishes three types of papers:

  • Full-length articles reporting research that advances the theory and methods of measuring economic values and economic activity related to ocean resources and coastal regions.
  • Application Reports are short papers that report on the results of applied economics studies of ocean and coastal resources that add to the store of economic estimates of values and economic activity. These shorter articles will focus on describing the factors that influence levels and changes in economic values and activities.
  • Review Articles are of two types: (i) Case studies of how improved understanding of the economics of coastal and ocean resources and areas have influenced decisions concerning resource management decisions by businesses and resource owners; (ii) Summaries and Assessments of economic research or analyses of ocean and coastal issues, wherever published, on a particular topic or resource.

It also includes reviews of books of specific interest to the ocean and coastal economics community as well as a calendar of international events related to ocean and coastal economies and ocean and coastal economics.

While papers related to fisheries and the fishing industry will be considered where they address the above aspects of the resources and regions, the Journal is not intended to duplicate the mission of other marine resource journals that primarily focus on fisheries.

The Journal is international in its coverage and welcomes papers from all countries. English is the primary language of the Journal and papers must be submitted in proper grammatical English. Abstract translation services (into French, Spanish, Arabic, Japanese, and Chinese) will be provided by the Journal.

The Journal is published online only and will be open access. It is indexed by major search engines and archived in Clockss and Portico. Subscriptions will not be required to access journal articles. In fact, no Author Fees of any kind will be charged to authors for publication in JOCE.

The publisher of the Journal is bepress, and bepress’s submission, review, and journal production process is used for manuscript review and publication. The Journal is also associated with the Center for the Blue Economy @ Digital Commons, which will allow authors to post associated documents and large datasets for reader access.

Charles S. Colgan, University of Southern Maine, has been named Editor-in-Chief and will oversee the Journal assisted by the Editorial Board. The Editor-in-Chief will have responsibility for setting overall policies for the Journal, including types of papers that will be accepted for publication, and will serve as an article reviewer when appropriate.

Dr. Colgan , who chairs the Editorial Board, is responsible for implementing the Journal’s editorial policies, selecting reviewers, and overseeing the production of each issue. He is also responsible for coordinating with the sponsor, the Center for the Blue Economy.

Editorial Board

Jeffery Adkins is an economist with the NOAA Coastal Services Center where he promotes the use of economics by state and local governments and other coastal resources managers. His areas of interest include ocean economics, market and non-market values, and return on investment. Mr. Adkins has a MS degree in Water Resources Administration from Southern Illinois University and a BBA in Economics from Marshall University.

Dr. Rex H. Caffey is a Professor of Natural Resource Economics in the LSU Department of Agricultural Economics. Since 1998 he has coordinated the state-wide extension program in Wetland and Coastal Resources for the LSU Agricultural Center and the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program. In 2003, Caffey became the founding director of the LSU Center for Natural Resource Economics and Policy (CNREP). This research and extension cooperative fosters the interaction of socioeconomic professionals to address natural resource management challenges in Louisiana and the nation. His areas of work: Economics of coastal restoration; coastal fisheries management; natural resource valuation, sustainability modeling, economic development and project feasibility.

Dr. Charles S. Colgan, PhD will serve as Editor-in-Chief. He is a Professor of Public Policy and Management in the Muskie School of Public Service and is chair of the Community Planning and Development Program. He is Senior Economist with the Center for the Blue Economy. His career spans over three decades of experience in government and academic settings addressing issues of regional economic change and planning, natural resource management, and environmental management with a focus on coastal and ocean resources. He received his PhD in Economic History from the University of Maine.

Dr. Stephen Hynes joined NUI Galway in June of 2009 as a Senior Researcher in the Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit. He has a Ph.D. (Environmental Economics) from Stirling University, Scotland. He is currently the Principle Investigator on a project entitled “Economic & Social Research related to the Development of the Dynamics of the Marine Sector in Ireland”. This project is funded by the Irish Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food under the Beaufort Award. Stephen has a strong background in applied environmental/natural resource economic research and extensive work experience in econometric modelling. Stephen has previously worked as an environmental economist in the Rural Economy Research Centre, Teagasc and as a lecturer in Economics in the Department of Economics NUI Galway. Stephen’s main research interest is in microeconomic behaviour analysis, related to natural resource/environmental and rural development policy and his work has been published by a number of the top- ranked journals in the fields of environmental and natural resource economics.

Régis Kalaydjian has served as a research economist at Ifremer since 1993, where he previously served as Head of the Marine Economics Unit from 1993 to 2006. His main activities include being the Editor of the "French Marine Economic Data" biennial report published by Ifremer since 1997; lead partner in a project commissioned by the European Commission (2008-2009), on the development of an EU-maritime economic database; and partner or lead partner in French Environment Ministry and European Commission sponsored projects on coastal zone uses and coastal zone management.

Dr. Philip King received his Ph.D. from Cornell in 1987. His specialty is in Applied Microeconomics and Environmental Economies. He is an Associate Professor in Economics at San Francisco State University and was chair from 2002-2005. His main research involves the economics of coastal resources and sea level rise. He has published numerous papers on the economics of seal level rise in California and on the benefits and costs of various SLR Policies.

Dr. Hauke L. Kite-Powell is a Research Specialist at the Marine Policy Center of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He holds degrees in naval architecture (B.S), technology and policy (M.S.), and ocean systems management (M.S. and Ph.D.) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Kite-Powell also holds appointments as a lecturer at MIT and the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, and as a senior analyst with Marsoft Inc. Dr. Kite-Powell’s research focuses on public and private sector management issues for marine resources and the economic activities that depend on them.

Dr. Craig Landry is Associate Professor of Agriculture and Applied Economics at the University of Georgia, Athens. His primary research interests include environmental and natural resource economics, non-market valuation, experimental economics, and coastal resource management. He received his PhD from the University of Maryland.

Dr. Karyn Morrissey is a lecturer in the Department of Geography and Planning in the University of Liverpool. She completed her Ph.D. entitled ‘Access to Health Care Services in Rural Ireland’ in 2008 with the School of Geography, University of Leeds and the Rural Economic Research Centre, Teagasc. In January 2009, she undertook a research role at the Social Economic Marine Research Unit in NUI, Galway where she produced the first economic valuation of Ireland’s ocean economy in 2010. This report provided the baseline estimates for Ireland’s current marine strategy, ‘Harnessing our Ocean Wealth: An Integrated Marine Plan for Ireland’. From this research, Karyn has published seven publications on peer reviewed international journals. The subject of these publications ranged from developing an appropriate method for analyzing the ocean economy, to input-output tables of the Irish marine economy. Much of Karyn’s work to date has been interdisciplinary, primarily in the fields of economics and quantitative geography. As such, she has employed a wide variety of methodologies, including econometric analysis, spatial microsimulation, spatial interaction modeling, input-output modeling and GIS techniques.

Dr. Alistair McIlgorm is a full-time Professor at ANCORS specializing in marine and fisheries economics and management and capacity development. He has a bachelor's degree in Fishery Science from Plymouth, UK, a master's degree in sea use law, economics and policy from the London School of Economics, 1987 and a Ph.D. from the University of Queensland, 1995, thesis: " An economic analysis of the Australian east coast tuna longline fishery". His 25 year career in fisheries and Australian marine sector has been as a Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Associate Director of the Australian Maritime College (AMC 1987-1997), and 8 years as principal consultant and managing Director of Dominion Consulting Pty Ltd (1997 to 2004). He was formerly Professor and Director of the National Marine Science Centre (2005-2010), Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, and has served as Professor at the University of New England and Southern Cross University. Over 20 years he has pioneered short course training for over 800 fishery administrators, managers and stakeholders in co-management regimes in all states of Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands and the Indian Ocean rim. Through Dominion Consulting he completed over 50 fisheries management projects with marine resource agencies at State and Commonwealth levels. He has numerous journal and peer reviewed research reports on a wide range of current international multi-disciplinary marine issues. This includes projects with APEC on "Measuring the Marine economy" 2002-2004, the economics of controlling marine debris (2009) and with several regional Asian-Pacific marine and fishery organizations.

Dr. Linwood Pendleton holds a doctoral degree in resource and environmental economics from Yale University and is a senior scholar in the Ocean and Coastal Policy Program at Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. Pendleton’s work focuses on policies that affect human uses and enjoyment of ocean and coastal resources – both living and non-living. He is the Director of the Marine Ecosystem Services Partnership, author of many scholarly articles, and coordinates the Marine Secretariat of the international Ecosystem Services Partnership. Pendleton’s current projects include work with the United Nations Environment Program’s Green Economy Project, GRID Arendal’s High Level Steering Committee on Deep Sea Mineral Resources in the Pacific, and Blue Carbon Economics (joint with Brian Murray, also from the Institute). Pendleton served as Acting Chief Economist at NOAA from January 2011 through August 2013.

Dr. Jason S. Scorse completed his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics at UC-Berkeley in 2005 with a focus on environmental economics and policy, international development, and behavioral economics. Upon graduation, he joined the faculty of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. He teaches courses in environmental and natural resource economics, ocean and coastal economics, and sustainable development. In 2009 he was promoted to the Chair of the International Environmental Policy (IEP) program, and as of 2011 Professor Scorse is also the Director of the new Center for the Blue Economy, whose mission is "to promote ocean and coastal sustainability." Professor Scorse has consulted for major environmental organizations, including the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Sierra Club.

Dr. Scorse has published articles in American Economic Review, California Management Review, The Solutions Journal, and for books published by the Brookings Institution and Routledge Press. He is also the lead non-market economist for the National Ocean Economics Program (NOEP), for which he contributes to major national reports. In 2010 his book, What Environmentalists Need to Know About Economics, was published by Palgrave Macmillan. His work has also been featured in The New York Times, Fortune, and The Washington Post.

Dr. David G. Terkla is a Professor in the Economics Department and the School of the Environment and is currently serving as an Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts. In addition to his many writings on the New England fishing industry, he has written a book and several articles on the importance of nontraditional cost factors to local economic development. He has also written on the importance of industry clusters and the location decisions of new Japanese plants in the United States. Professor Terkla has been involved in several projects related to environmental management and local and regional economic development issues, including valuation of uses of resources in Massachusetts and Cape Cod Bay, analysis of protection policies for water dependent uses on urban waterfronts, analysis of potential conflicts between tourism and fishing industries in Gloucester, MA, analysis of transportation planning and development in Massachusetts, and studies of the manufacturing industry in Boston, and the environmental, marine science and technology, and film industries in Massachusetts.

Professor Terkla currently serves on the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan and the Boston Harbor Dredging Taskforce. He was awarded the President’s Public Service Award in 2009 by the University of Massachusetts.

Dr. Zhang XiaoLi earned her master’s degree in mathematics from Xinjiang University in 1995 and a PhD in econometrics from South West Traffic University in 2007. She is a professor and vice- director of the Center for Ocean Economy at Shanghai Ocean University as well as part-time professor of the Center for Ocean Economy of Guangdong Ocean University. A part-time researcher at the Research Center for Ocean development of China, her main area of research interests are econometrics, environmental economics, industrial economics, and ocean economics. She completed a fellowship from 2013 to 2014 at the Center for the Blue Economy at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

Assistant to the Editor

Nathan Rhodes earned a master's degree in Spanish linguistics and translation from New York University in Madrid in 2011 and is currently pursuing a master's in Spanish translation and interpretation at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. He has worked as Assistant to the Editor since JOCE's inception. His responsibilities include copy-editing and formatting articles accepted by the Editorial Board, in addition to managing submissions to the Journal. He enjoys furthering his knowledge of the ocean through working with the JOCE.