Thinking deeply about the ocean

Thinking deeply
about the ocean

The Deep Seas Thinking collective is an Anglo-Japanese research network dedicated to understanding the global politics of deep-sea mining (DSM). Funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council, it is an interdisciplinary collaboration of critical geographers, environmental scientists and artists, who research and creatively represent the politics of deep ocean space which has emerged as the earth’s newest frontier for resource extraction.


What We Do

Our Work

We each study DSM’s politics differently, both in terms of our conceptual approaches and in terms of the outputs that we generate. We publish academic research articles, write blogs, make films, create and curate artistic interventions and have offered training materials for postgraduate communities to name but a few! Please follow the link below for a flavour of this diversity. A complex, emerging and dynamic research problem like DSM demands a multitude of methods and perspectives.

We hope you’ll find something interesting here.

Our Work

How PNG lost US$120 million and the future of deep-sea mining

29th April 2020

Deep Sea Mining might not be happening in PNG, but what about elsewhere?

New species from the abyssal ocean hint at incredible deep sea diversity

27th April 2020

A Natural History Museum piece highlighting unique deep-sea biodiversity.

Deep Sea Mining at the threshold: The politics of the seabed?

24th April 2020

A blog reflecting on the politics of the deep seabed, especially in Papua New Guinea.