Ideas for Developing Asia and the Pacific

Call for Papers on Achieving Ocean Equity: Innovative, Fair, inclusive, and Sustainable Strategies and Blue Impact Investments


Asian Development Bank Institute, Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security of the University of Wollongong, Ocean Policy Research Institute of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation

The marine environment and coastal resources support the livelihoods of millions of people worldwide, but face growing pressure from overfishing, habitat degradation, pollution, and climate change. By optimizing global stimulus and blue recovery responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an unprecedented opportunity to build a more sustainable, inclusive, and resilient blue economy. This includes accelerating microfinance, blue impact finance, digital finance, and people-centered, community-based solutions for improving access to finance among women and youth who are critical to coastal and maritime economies’ workforce.

The Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) of the University of Wollongong, and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation’s Ocean Policy Research Institute invite submissions of original unpublished papers under the theme Achieving Ocean Equity: Innovative, Fair, Inclusive, and Sustainable Strategies and Blue Impact Investments. Authors of selected papers will be invited to present at a conference either at the University of Wollongong in Australia in February 2023 or virtually, subject to the COVID-19 situation.

Papers should examine policy actions that promote sustainable ocean and coastal resource management, gender equality and diversity, north-south perspectives, blue impact finance, and global and local blue economy case studies. Papers should refer to relevant economic, social, and environmental knowledge and be supported by reliable, consistent, and comprehensive quantitative or qualitative data. The findings should help improve understanding of the blue economy as a conceptual framework on how to drive sustainable and equitable ocean-based economic development in coastal and SIDS regions.

Paper topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Sustainable economic, social, and environmental strategies to achieve healthy oceans
  • Equitable and inclusive blue impact financial instruments for a sustainable blue economy
  • Social justice in blue economy transition, with a focus on equality, diversity, and inclusivity of labor participation in blue economy sectors
  • Ocean governance, including traditional and indigenous approaches  
  • Disease and public health issues in coastal regions and SIDS
  • Women and youth in marine science, innovation, and leadership
  • Indigenous communities’ empowerment, and access to small- and medium-size enterprise (SME) financing
  • Women, youth, and indigenous communities in marine science and innovation
  • Empowerment of blue economy-related industries and access to SME financing
  • Ocean conservation, development, and governance for advancing the Sustainable Development Goals
  • United Nations Economic Programme sustainable blue economy finance initiative
  • Legal and institutional approaches to the equitable management of sustainable blue economy sectors, including fisheries, aquaculture, and ocean and coastal tourism
  • Comparative case studies and methodologies for prioritizing equity and diversity in blue economy implementation and governance

Submission Procedure

Authors should submit their extended abstract in English via this link by 20 November 2022. The deadline is not extendable. The abstract should be about 1,000 words, including the title, name of author(s), affiliation(s), research background, motivation, methodology, and expected policy implications. Successful applicants will be notified by 5 December 2022.

Authors of selected abstracts should submit their full paper using the above submission link by 10 February 2023. The paper should adhere to ADBI’s author submission guidelines and be 5,000-8,000 words in length, including references and the following structure:

  • Paper title
  • Author information (including co-authors): name, affiliation, address, and email
  • Abstract (150-250 words)
  • Keywords or keyword phrases (4-8)
  • JEL classification code(s)
  • Introduction
  • Main text (split into various sections with headings and subheadings)
  • Conclusion and policy recommendations
  • References

Authors of selected papers will be invited to the regional conference at the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security at the University of Wollongong on 27 February to 1 March 2023 ADBI will provide travel support to one author per paper, of who must be a citizen of an Asian Development Bank member economy. Selected papers will also be considered for publication as ADBI policy briefs and inclusion in a monograph.

Project Organizing Committee (TBC):

  • Seungju Baek, Deputy Dean, ADBI
  • Peter Morgan, Senior Consulting Economist and Advisor to the Dean, ADBI
  • Pitchaya Sirivunnabood, Deputy Head and Senior Economist, Capacity Building and Training Department, ADBI
  • Michelle Voyer, Senior Research Fellow, Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security, University of Wollongong
  • Dominique Benzaken, Senior Policy Advisor, Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security, University of Wollongong
  • Michael C. Huang, Senior Research Fellow, Ocean Policy Research Institute, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation


Inquiries may be directed to Pitchaya Sirivunnabood, Michelle Voyer and Michael C. Huang