Under the Auspices of H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic, Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos

27th Annual Conference of the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME)


An IAME2019 Special Session on

Passenger Shipping in the Era of Blue Economy

Session organizers:

Maria Lekakou (University of the Aegean)
Evangelia Stefanidaki (University of the Aegean)
Assunta Di Vaio (University of Naples Parthenope)
Luisa Varriale (University of Naples Parthenope)
Christos Kontovas (Liverpool John Moores University)

Blue economy encompasses all maritime-based and marine-related activities focusing on the sustainable management of sea and coasts. Blue economy represents 2.5% of world’s gross value added and directly employs almost 31 million people (OECD, 2016).

 Coastal and cruise shipping are building blocks of Blue Economy having a significant contribution to the economic growth and social cohesion of coastal and remote areas and the environmental preservation of the oceans and the seas.

Both sectors are through a transformation phase due to the forthcoming international regulations and the digitalization trend that challenge current business models. At the same time the economic recession resulted to a decrease of seaborne passenger flows, affecting the performance and efficiency of companies, which during the last years are in the pursue of competitive advantage and new markets to operate.

In this wider context, special session aims to address coastal and cruise shipping contemporary challenges and opportunities. Specifically:

  • Passenger and cruise shipping;
  • Island development;
  • Connectivity and cohesion;
  • Sustainable development of cruise destinations; 
  • Port and city/island relations;
  • Coordination and collaboration in the blue economy;
  • Social sustainability for the blue economy;
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the blue economy;
  • Value co-creation and co-production in the blue economy;
  • Maritime governance.

Our aim is to edit a special issue on the topic in a highly recognized journal in the areas of maritime policy, tourism or regional development or maritime governance, after the Athens IAME2019 conference. The authors of selected papers will be invited to submit their “final” papers considering the comments or discussion(s) during the session(s) for a special issue.

 We expect at least 10 papers on this topic taking into account experience from previous conferences, contributions from the academic institutions and the emerging research interest on passenger shipping and the blue economy.