BEACHACCESS. The “lure of the seaside” under ecological pressure

Beach access between environmental justice and coastal protection
2023 winning project of the "International Networks in HSS - Climate and Environment" programme

Considering sandy beaches as both desirable social spaces and vulnerable living ecosystems, this network examines the conflicts over appropriation and use to which they are subject in the context of climate change and sea-level rise. Starting from the tension between the demand for public access to the coastline as a recreational “common good” on the one hand, and the imperative to protect it as a “natural habitat” on the other, the network aims to shed light on the political and scientific issues, environmental disturbances and social conflicts raised by coastal squeeze. By analysing local configurations in Brazil, the United States and France, on three maritime fronts (Atlantic, Pacific, Mediterranean), we use a comparative approach, both theoretical and practical, to discuss the hypothesis of a dual global movement of (coastal) enclosure and (managed) retreat.

Network coordination

  • Isabelle Bruno (Université de Lille, Céraps UMR 8026, IUF)
  • Grégory Salle (CNRS, Clersé UMR 8019)
The research blog of the BEACHACCESS network


Lauréats 2023 | Réseaux internationaux en SHS

2023 laureates | Research networks in HSS

Discover the selected research projects on the topic "Climate and Environment"
Published at 22 November 2023