The seas and oceans are currently taking centre stage in academic study and public consciousness. From the plastics littering our seas, to the role of climate change on ocean currents from unequal access of marine resources to the treacherous experiences of seafarers who keep our global economy afloat; now is a crucial time to examine how we live with the sea.

This ambitious book brings together an interdisciplinary and international cohort of contributors from within and beyond academia. It offers a range and diversity of insights unlike previous collections. An ‘oceanic turn’ is taking place, with a burgeoning of academic work that takes seriously the place of seas and oceans in understanding socio-cultural and political life, past and present. Yet, there is a significant gap concerning the ways in which we engage with seas and oceans, with a will to enliven action and evoke change. This book explores these challenges, offering insights from spatial planning, architectural design, geography, educational studies, anthropology and cultural studies. An examination through these lenses can help us to better understand human relationships with the seas and oceans, and promote an ethic of care for the future.

chapter 1|12 pages


Living with the sea: knowledge, awareness and action
ByMike Brown, Kimberley Peters

part One|2 pages

Approaches and advances

chapter 2|21 pages

Architecture and design

Between seascape and landscape: experiencing the liminal zone of the coast
ByJacky Bowring, Nancy Vance, Mick Abbott

chapter 3|20 pages

Marine spatial planning

Sea Change Tai Timu Tai Pari: reflections on marine spatial planning in the Hauraki Gulf
ByRaewyn Peart

chapter 4|14 pages

Geo-spatial analysis

Assessing the multiple values and complexity of seascape
ByLars Brabyn

chapter 5|14 pages

Education and learning

Developing action competence: living sustainably with the sea
ByChris Eames

chapter 6|16 pages

History and heritage

Re-examining seascapes aboard the Charles W. Morgan (America’s last whaling ship): a return to sea after 90 years
ByNathaniel Trumbull

chapter 7|14 pages

Sensory autoethnography

Surfing approaches for understanding and communicating ‘seaspacetimes’

chapter 8|15 pages

Science and culture

Transitioning currents in times of climate change
BySusan Reid

part Two|2 pages

Engagements and experiences

chapter 9|16 pages

Seafarers and work

Endless, sleepless, floating journeys: the sea as workplace
ByMaria Borovnik

chapter 10|20 pages

Surfers and leisure

‘Freedom’ to surf? Contested spaces on the coast
ByEaskey Britton, Rebecca Olive, Belinda Wheaton

chapter 11|16 pages

Students and teachers

Te hone moana/the ocean swell: learning to live with the sea
ByDavid Irwin

chapter 12|13 pages

Bodies and technologies

Becoming a ‘mermaid’: myth, reality, embodiment, cyborgs, windsurfing and the sea
ByBarbara Humberstone

chapter 13|17 pages

Past and presents

Making connections with the sea: a matter of a personal and professional Heimat
ByMark Leather

chapter 14|14 pages

Rituals and performance

Crossing the line: all at sea with King Neptune mid-Pacific
ByRobin Kearns

chapter 15|13 pages


Learning to live with the sea together: opening dialogue, creating conversation
ByKimberley Peters, Alistair Moore, Mike Brown