This article examines European Blue Growth’s adequacy to enable social innovation as a strategy for the use and management of marine resources. Social innovation is interpreted as the changing behaviour of a group of actors joined in a network, leading to new and improved ways of collaborative action within the group and beyond.

Based on case-study research it is concluded that, to secure long-term sustainable development over short-term benefits, a social innovation perspective in the maritime domain will depend on cooperation, inclusiveness and trust.

Soma K, van den Burg SW, Hoefnagel EW, Stuiver M, van der Heide CM. Social innovation–A future pathway for Blue growth?. Marine Policy. 2018 Jan 1;87:363-70.