About Us

The Deep Seas Thinking network brings together academic researchers and creative practitioners to tackle the difficult research questions thrown up by deep sea mining (DSM). Who wins and who loses from the extraction of metals and minerals from the deep seabed?

About Us

Is it a better alternative than land-based mining? How do diverse cultural understandings of the deep-sea matter for shaping its politics? Is DSM a necessary trade-off in the shift towards an expanding green energy infrastructure? How well equipped are contemporary legal regimes for regulating the seabed and its use?

About Us

Please see below for details of who is involved in trying to answer some of these questions!


Our Team

Dr John Childs

Lecturer in International Development and Natural Resources, Lancaster University

Philip Steinberg

Professor of Political Geography, Durham University

Dr Rachael Squire

Lecturer in Human Geography, Royal Holloway University of London

Dr Leslie Mabon

Senior Lecturer in Social Science, Scottish Association for Marine Science

Hiroyuki Matsuda, Prof. DSc.

Faculty of Environment and Information Sciences, Yokohama National University

Benjamin McLellan

Associate Professor, Graduate School of Energy Science, Kyoto University

Miguel Esteban

Professor, Waseda University

Naoko Mabon

Freelance curator

Eiko Soga, DPhil

Candidate at The Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford

Dr Jon Copley

Associate Professor in Ocean Exploration and Public Engagement, University of Southampton

Dr Rosanna Carver

Researcher, Lancaster University

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.