Demystifying Maritime Governance:Analysis of the frameworks and emerging issues for the governance of shipping in Canada

This project will undertake research on the governance of shipping Canada (a) to explain its global and domestic structures, frameworks, actors, interconnections, and processes in the simplest terms possible and (b) to analyse contemporary major drivers of change in the system. Four transformative issue areas will be addressed, namely the interface between shipping and Indigenous rights, the significance of marine spatial planning for shipping, the growing role of risk governance and self- regulation, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the occupational health and safety of seafarers. The project will draw upon the continuity between international and domestic regulation and administration of shipping, highlighting differences in approaches in the Atlantic, Arctic, Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway, and Pacific regions, as well as roles for federal, provincial, territorial, and Indigenous governments.
The project aims at enhancing general understanding of the complexity of governance of shipping to better inform decision makers, rights holders and stakeholders tasked with shipping issues and to better contextualize public debates on such issues. Accordingly, the principal impact of this project is educational. The project anticipates a range of deliverables for the various audiences.

Faculty Supervisor:

Aldo Chircop;Desai Shan


Leah Beveridge;Weishan Wang


Clear Seas Centre for Responsible Marine Shipping Society







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