On 5th November 2020, QUB-MOSES researcher, Dr. Christina Kelly, participated at the Coastal Transition: Blue Economy conference which was hosted online by the Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, Connecticut.
The aim of the conference was to act as a catalyst to bridge and mobilize emerging knowledge(s) on coastal/marine governance, technology development, and policy practices for transitioning to a Blue Economy. Christina’s presentation titled ‘Navigating a future transition pathway towards sustainability in ports and shipping’ focused on how sustainable ‘Blue Growth’ in the maritime shipping and transport sectors could be achieved in Northern Ireland through the application of a Transition Management approach.
The presentation gave an overview of the research carried out-to-date by the QUB-MOSES team as part of Work Package 7 and their case study involving Belfast Harbour. This included setting the context in terms of growth in the shipping sector and the need to transition to greater sustainability and decarbonisation as a result of increasing emissions. Christina outlined the case study methodology and, in particular, emphasised the application of a Future Pathways Analysis approach. At the time of the conference, Christina was able to share some preliminary research findings with the audience and consequently, received positive responses from her peers which will feedback into the final reporting of this case study and subsequent work package outputs.