After many years of planning, the CBE is thrilled to have officially launched the Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics (JOCE) in April of 2015. The brainchild of CBE Research Director Dr. Charles Colgan for over a decade, the Journal is funded by a generous grant from the Loker Foundation. [Photo: Nathan Rhodes, JOCE Editorial Assistant (left) and Dr. Charles Colgan, Editor-in-Chief of JOCE (right) sitting in front of the CBE.]
JOCE is 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.
Editor-in-chief Dr. Charles S. Colgan and his team are very happy with this first edition, which includes articles on the role of economics in decision-making after disasters such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, an examination of the ocean in national income accounting in Europe and Asia, and the economics of coastal pollution on the Yangtze River in China. Institute alumna and managing editor Nancy Olsen laid the groundwork for the journal and worked hard to set up the website before her untimely death last year. Her work is now being continued by the Journal’s editorial team, including translation and localization management student Nathan Rhodes MATLM '16.
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. JOCE is the first of its kind to focus on this specific area. 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 Journal is international in scope and audience. Abstracts will be available in English, Chinese, French, Korean, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish. The translations are being done by the world-renowned translators at the Middlebury Institute's GLOBE center.