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The Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics

About the Journal 

The Center for the Blue Economy is proud to announce the 2014 launch of its new Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics (JOCE), a peer-reviewed, open access online journal that publishes research on the theory and practice of economics as applied to ocean and coastal resources, and the role these resources play in regional and national economies. JOCE is funded by a generous grant from the Loker Foundation.

The examination of the economic role of oceans and of coastal regions has become a very active area of research as nations and researchers have become aware of the critical and unique roles that oceans play in the health of both economies and ecosystems.  A wide array of economic theories, and methods and data are being deployed to better understand oceans, including resource and environmental economics, regional economics, national income accounting, and the economics of specific industries.  Until JOCE, those wishing to share research in this field have used outlets specialized in the subfield of economics or in outlets of multidisciplinary research.  JOCE offers the opportunity for those interested in specific issues related to oceans to share research directly with the international ocean economics community.

The audience for the Journal comprises both scholarly researchers and those in the public, private, and third sector with responsibilities for ocean and coastal resources. “Ocean” and “coastal” refer to traditional definitions of oceans, but also includes inland bodies of water that have similar economic characteristics such as the Great Lakes or Lake Baikal.  The definition includes major embayments and estuaries; the inland boundary of “ocean” and “coastal” is a matter of interpretation and authors are encouraged to explore different definitions of the inland boundaries of the economics of ocean and coastal resources.

The Journal is international in scope and audience.  The language of the Journal is English using American grammatical and spelling conventions, and submissions are to be in this language.  Abstracts will be available in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Japanese, and Chinese.  The Journal will provide abstract translation services.

 Submitting Papers for Consideration

The Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics is accepting papers at  To receive a preliminary opinion as to your research's appropriateness for the journal, please contact the Editor-in-Chief at

Types of Papers Sought

The journal seeks to publish three types of papers:

  1. Innovation Research includes papers of traditional journal length (20-30pp) describing innovations in the theory and practice of economic analysis applied to ocean and coastal issues that improve the accuracy and decision relevance of economic data and analysis.
  2. Review articles are of two types:

    1. Summaries and assessments of economic research or analyses of ocean and coastal issues, wherever published, on a particular topic or resource.
    2. Case studies of how improved understanding of the economics of coastal and ocean resources and areas have influenced decisions concerning resource management, national or regional economic policy, or investment and management decisions by businesses and resource owners.
  3. 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.

Peer Review and Rapid Publication

All papers published in the Journal are peer reviewed to assure a high quality of research and reports.  The Journal believes that the peer review process, especially for the innovation papers, should be a transparent process of collaboration among authors, reviewers, and editors to produce the best quality and most accessible research so peer reviewers of innovation papers will be signed.

Newly accepted articles are immediately assigned to the next available issue of the journal (issue in progress). They are copy-edited and typeset and appear online as part of their assigned issue or volume.  This counts as formal publication. When the issue is paginated, articles can be cited by traditional volume/issue and page numbers.

Author Services

As an online publication, the Journal is intended to use Internet technology to foster the growth of a community of practice advancing the theory and application of economics to decisions supporting the wise use of the world’s oceans and coasts.  Authors who contribute to the Journal will have access to a range of services as part of the Digital Commons of Bepress, the Journal’s online host (

Editorial Board

Dr. Charles S. ("Charlie") Colgan, the Editor-in Chief will be assisted by a highly esteemed 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's primary research areas are environmental and natural resource economics, non-market valuation, experimental economics, and coastal resource management. He received his PhD from the University of Maryland and is now at the University of Georgia, Athens, GA. His primary fields of interest are environmental and natural resource economics, non-market valuation, and experimental economics.

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. 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-Berkley 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. 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 ReviewCalifornia 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 ecShe is currently a visiting scholar at the Center for the Blue Economy at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.