Call for contributions for a new TBTI book

Editorial team

Ratana Chuenpagdee, Memorial University, Canada

Svein Jentoft, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Since the publication of the ‘Fish for Life’ book in 2005 (Kooiman et al., eds.), numerous efforts have been made to advance the Interactive Governance (IG) theory and its applications. Some of these efforts have culminated into the 2013 book (Bavinck et al., eds.), focusing on governability, and the 2015 book (Jentoft & Chuenpagdee, eds.), focusing on the application of IGT on small-scale fisheries. The literature on IG shows that the theory has been applied globally and widely, beyond fisheries and oceans. To help celebrate the 20 years since the publication of the Fish for Life book, and in recognition of the great work by IG scholars around the world, it is deemed opportune to contemplate the 4th book, to highlight the progress made in theorizing IG, to reflect on lessons learned from various applications, to identify and fill theoretical and application gaps, and to project areas and spheres where IG theory can have the most real-world impact.

Similar to the 2013 and the 2015 books, we hope that the proposed book will be published in the Springer MARE Publication Series, with the release date around June 2025, in time for the celebration at the MARE Conference in Amsterdam. This means the writing of the book will begin in early 2024, and will complete in December 2024.

Expression of interest

We are inviting those who have used IG in your work, either theoretically or in case study applications in any fields, to submit an expression of interest to contribute to the book volume. Early career scholars are encouraged to contribute, especially if you have read papers and books about IG, and are planning to use it in your study and research. Note that only those whose submissions fit the book plan will be invited to contribute.

If you would like to join this book initiative, and have time to work on the writing in 2024, please send us the following information to

  • Your name, affiliation and email;
  • An initial idea about what you would like to contribute to, e.g. topics, case study, etc. (in about 200 words);
  • Your answer to the question “In your opinion, what has been the most important contribution of IG theory?” (no more than 100 words); and
  • A bibliographical list of papers, book chapters or other writing that you have done using IG. If you have not published anything using IG, but are keen to contribute, please send a list of 3-5 written contributions on relevant topics.

The deadline for submission of interest is: December 15, 2023. If you have any questions about this, please send them to