Marine Spatial Planning (MSP)

CMM41 Elective Course 4 ECTS
Period 2 weeks 15.03.2021 - 26.03.2021
Instructor David Gouldsborough


The course is an in-depth analysis of the Marine Spatial Planning (MSP)  process, illustrating the variety of outcomes possible, exploring specific tools and techniques and relating the theory of MSP to practice by way of examining specific case studies worldwide. The challenges, lessons learned and future opportunities for MSP will also be explored from an applied perspective.


On completion of the course, a student:

  • can relate core principles in ecological and coastal zone management theory to practice.
  • has an understanding of the MSP process from an applied perspective.
  • has an understanding of the variety of MSP outcomes / products and why they may differ from place to place.
  • has an understanding of the variety of tools and techniques used in the process as well as their strengths and weaknesses.
  • can demonstrate critical thinking, written and verbal communication skills through course assignments.


David Goldsborough currently works at the department of Coastal and Marine Management, Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences. David does research on marine governance. Special interests are: marine conservation, marine protected areas, marine spatial planning, fisheries, and sustainable island management. A current project is 'MarCons: Advancing marine conservation in the European and contiguous seas (COST Action 15121).'