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Greg Borne


Dr Gregory Borne
Director of Plymouth Sustainability and Surfing Research Group

Greg is the the founder and director of the plymouth Sustainability and Surfing Research Group as well as a Lecturer in Public Policy at Plymouth University, UK. He has been researching various dimensions of sustainable development for over seventeen years. His research has meant that he has been fortunate enough to work with international organisations such as the United Nations, national and local government as well as many organisations and people in different sectors across the world. He is Co Editor of the books Sustainable Stoke Transitions to Sustainability in the Surfing World (Plymouth Univeristy Press) and Sustainable Surfing (Routledge). He is also the author of the forthcoming book Surfing and Sustainability(Routledge). Somewhere along the line he also became a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Member of the Institution of Environmental Science and a Chartered Environmentalist. All of the above stems from a love of the ocean and the natural world having grown up with a view of the cold and stormy waters along the South Devon coastline, where he still surfs and lives today with his wife and two daughters.

Presentation Title: Transitioning Towards Sustainability in the Surfing World
Presentation Day: Tuesday 14th March
Presentation Time: 8.55 - 9.15am

This paper explores transitions to sustainability in the surfing world. Drawing on the emerging socio technical transitions literature and synthesising this with debates on reflexive governance a new direction in theoretical discussion will be introduced. The paper will summarise over four years of in-depth ethnographic research with a focus on networks created and innovations identified that are catalysing system change within the surfing zone. The paper will apply empirical data to the Multi-Level Perspective from within the Sociotechnical transitions literature exploring the relationship between the space of the ‘niche experiments’ ‘regime conditions’ and the broader exogenous landscape terrain. As well as valuable theoretical and empirical discussions that lay the foundation for future research this paper also highlights the opportunities and barriers for the continued transition towards sustainability in the surfing world.