Maritime Policy & Management: The flagship journal of international shipping and port research Special Issue Call for Papers

Special Issue on: Arctic Shipping, Transportation, and Regional Development

Maritime Policy & Management


Circumpolar nations face both challenges and opportunities as climate change opens access to the Arctic, bringing increased traffic - passengers and cargoes - into the region.

The economic development accompanying the increased access raises operational and policy issues that require both individual responses by, and close collaborative and cooperative approaches among industries, national governments, and local communities.



Many of these issues are shipping, transportation, and regional-related requiring the development of new infrastructure, and effective and innovative management, regulatory and governance approaches. There are many examples. In the maritime mode, who provides the charts and navigational aids? Who provides search and rescue? What countries have jurisdiction over which waterways? Is a network of ports required to assure vessels of safe passage, and to provide ‘places of refuge’ in case of emergency? For rail, what will be the impact of melting permafrost on roadbed stability? What are the environmental risks of oil spills from derailments and how can they be handled? In air transportation, what is the impact on runway stability of melting permafrost?

For roads, what will be the impact of the shortening of the window during which ice roads are operable, and what other ways of supplying northern communities can be developed? How do transportation and supply chain operators, and northern communities, adapt and benefit from the opportunities created by the warming of the Arctic? It is clear that the Arctic is highly complex in terms of economic development and diversification, environmental sensitivity and accessibility.



This special issue (SI) aims to bring together researchers, practitioners, and decision-makers from academia, industry, the non-profit sector, and government, who have expertise in Arctic and northern transportation, and to have them share their knowledge of development issues in northern and Arctic regions. The key objectives include:

  • To identify the major challenges in the development of northern and Arctic transportation and examine how they can be effectively addressed.
  • To identify who will benefit or negatively affected from increased Arctic shipping and transportation activities.
  • To examine the potential for positive and negative ‘feedback loops’ from Arctic warming.
  • To create a basis for future collaboration among scholars and practitioners in the field, and to form strong self-sustaining research networks on northern and Arctic transportation.
  • To develop assessment tools and techniques to assist policymakers and practitioners in choosing efficient and environmentally-friendly approaches to develop Arctic shipping, transportation, and regions.

All submissions to this SI must directly address a maritime issue linked to the Arctic. Ideally, they should effectively apply geography and/or management theories and/or pose clear theoretical/methodological contributions in explaining and enhancing the development of Arctic shipping, transportation, and/or regional development.

Papers will be selected based on whether that they can offer constructive insight on how strategic decisions and policies should be implemented in the Arctic effectively and efficiently. In terms of methodology, both quantitative and qualitative methods are welcome as long as they can fulfil the stated objectives.



The topics included in this SI include, but not limited to:

  • The economics and management of trans-continental (e.g., Asia-North America) shipping via different Arctic routes (e.g., the Northwest Passage).
  • Short sea shipping development in the Arctic.
  • Environmental, economic, and/or social impacts of Arctic shipping and/or transportation on the Arctic region, including indigenous population.
  • The development of Arctic ports and/or other transportation modes that directly affects the quality and success of Arctic shipping (e.g., rail connecting Arctic ports).
  • Safety and security issues in the development of Arctic shipping and transportation.
  • The development of effective methods in assessing the costs and benefits of Arctic shipping and transportation.
  • Government policies and initiatives and their impacts on the development of Arctic shipping and transportation.
  • The legal aspects in Arctic shipping and transportation.
  • The impacts on Arctic shipping and transportation due to an increase in the extraction of natural resources (e.g., oil) and tourism (e.g., cruise to the Arctic).

All submitted papers will be subject to the full peer-review process and the guidelines for SI as requested by Maritime Policy & Management.


Linkage to Workshop (June 2017)

This SI is linked a one-day workshop to be held in conjunction with the Annual Conference of the Canadian Transportation Research Forum (CTRF) 2017, to be held in Winnipeg, MB, Canada, in late May 2017. During the workshop, the authors will be invited the present their papers, while a roundtable discussion will be organized afterwards. While all the authors are strongly encouraged to participate in this workshop, it is not a prerequisite for publication.


Important Dates

30 September 2016: Deadline for abstract submission
Mid October 2016: Notification of abstract submission
30 March 2017: Deadline of manuscript submission (first submission)
Late May 2017: Particiation in CTFR 2017 (optional)
Late June 2017: Return of review reports to authors for revisions
Late August 2017: Submission of revised manuscript
Mid September 2017: Deadline of submitting final manuscript
Late 2017/Early 2018: Publication of the special issue

Submission Guidelines

All submissions have to be made via the journal's online submission system: here.

Read the full instructions for authors: here.

For any further enquiries, please contact Guest Editor, Adolf K.Y. Ng at the contact email address provided below.

Editorial information

  • Special Issue Guest Editor: Adolf K.Y. Ng, Transport Institute, Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada (