Kira Gee


Human Dimensions of Coastal Areas, Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht, Max-Planck-Str. 1, 21502 Geesthacht, Germany

Education & career

B.A. in Zoology, M.Sc. in Conservation, PhD in Geography

Available for teaching/education
Research activities

I have a natural sciences background but have always been interested in the social, cultural and political domains of coastal and marine systems. For the past 20 years my main focus has been on marine spatial planning where I’ve worked at the intersection of research and practice in a variety of projects and contexts. In addition to a systems perspective, I’m particularly interested in place attchment and the immaterial values people associate with the sea, using concepts like cultural ecosystem services, landscape or benefits to people as a conceptual framework. I’m also interested in how to include such different types of knowledge in marine decision-making. I currently work on two research projects: Land2Sea, and SeaUseTip,



Consultant with s.Pro ( on the GIZ-funded MARISMA project which supports the development of MSP in South Africa, Namibia and Angola. 

Selected publications (up to 5)

Saunders, F.; Gilek, M.; Ikauniece, A.; Tafon, R.V.; Gee, K.; Zaucha, J. Theorizing Social Sustainability and Justice in Marine Spatial Planning: Democracy, Diversity, and Equity. Sustainability 2020, 12, 2560.

Zaucha, J. & Gee, K. (Eds.) 2019. Maritime Spatial Planning: Past, Present, Future. Palgrave MacMillan. Open access publication.

Gee, K., Kannen, A., Adlam, R., Brooks, C., Chapman, M., Cormier, R., Fischer, C., Fletcher, S., Gubbins, M., Shucksmith, R., Shellock, R. 2017. Identifying culturally significant areas for marine spatial planning. Journal of Ocean & Coastal Management 136, 139-147.

Ratter, B.M.W & Gee, K. 2012. Heimat - A German concept of regional perception and identity as a basis for coastal management in the Wadden Sea. Ocean and Coastal Management 68, 127-137.

Busch, M., Gee, K., Burkhard, B., Lange, M., Stelljes, N. 2012. Conceptualizing the link between marine ecosystem services and human well-being: the case of offshore wind farming. International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management 7(3), 190-203.