Call for Papers: Special Issue on “Maritime Services and Regional Development”


Call for Papers: Maritime Business Review

Special Issue on "Maritime Services and Regional Development"

Managing Guest Editor:

Yong An Park, Korea Maritime Institute
Email: [email protected]


Guest Editors:

Cesar Blaise Ducruet, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
Email: [email protected]

Heejung Yeo, Keimyung University
Email: [email protected]

Su Han Woo, Chung-Ang University
Email: [email protected]


Maritime services bolster both world economy and regions by distributing goods to/from firms, consumers, governments, and other economic entities. In a region, accessibility to maritime services plays a key role to approach world’s market. On the one hand, maritime services as a transport mode promote economic integration in a region and the specialization of foreign trade (Krugman and Venables, 1996). Nevertheless, a port region develops itself a maritime cluster, which gathers a variety of maritime players and functions, and provides even one-stop-services for export, import, and transhipment of goods to shippers. Therefore, the relationships between maritime services and region development can imply both that from an economic and spatial view, they may interact incessantly in multiple directions, positively or negatively or inconclusively and that from a narrower view of maritime sector than the first, an evolution of maritime cluster could be an indicator of competitiveness of maritime services in a region.

Characteristics of a regional maritime centre include the presence of various players: traders, ship owners, cargo owners, and related maritime service providers. Maritime services include a variety of services such as shipping, port services, ship registration, ship broking, ship management, marine insurance, and maritime legal services. There are other related activities to support the physical movement of cargo for the development of regional maritime centre. Examples include surveyors, towing and pilotage service providers, vessel salvage service providers, ship agencies, terminal operators, inland freight transport operators, mid-stream operation and back-up activities service providers, intermodal cargo forwarding service providers. The issue of maritime cluster is an important topic to explore in the development of regional maritime centre. While it is essential to engage enabling service providers to enhance the capability of a regional maritime centre, there are evolving requirements in the maritime cluster. To meet operating challenges, it is critical to engage maritime service providers for the development of regional maritime centre.

This Special Issue of the Maritime Business Review aims to publish research on the economic and spatial interaction between maritime services and regional development, and on the development of maritime cluster in a region. First, we call submissions that analyse economic and spatial relationships between maritime services and regional development, spatial issues from maritime activities in a region or a country, and other challenging issues such as intermodal transport and connectivity of maritime cargoes. Second, we invite submissions that present original and high-quality research work on regional maritime cluster development and management. We consider submissions that introduce new research problems and concepts in the economic and spatial interaction and in maritime cluster development, develop novel and rigorous methodologies to tackle the problems arising from regional development. Papers can employ a range of research methods including, but not limited to, empirical studies with data analysis, theoretical investigation, data-driven methodologies, and case studies. This Special Issue will consider submissions from an open track on the Maritime Business Review and an invited track for extended versions of papers selected from the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME) Conference 2022 in Busan Korea.

Important Dates

First submission deadline: 31 October 2022

Notification of first decision: 20 December 2022

Estimated publication: June 2023