Dr. Steven Andrew Martin Recognized for Social Science Research

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Dr. Steven Andrew Martin Recognized for Social Science Research

Steven Andrew Martin, PhD, with the Faculty of International Studies, Prince of Songkla University, Phuket, has been acknowledged for research in Coastal Resource Management based on his recent chapter inSustainable Surfing – A Routledge publication developed at Plymouth University in the United Kingdom.

In 2013, Steven was invited by the Gold Coast City Council, Australia, to present his research. Speaking at the Global Surf Cities Conference at the Kirra Hill Community and Cultural Centre, Gold Coast, Queensland, Steven brought to light the topic of coastal resource sustainability in Phuket, Thailand.

Based on Steven’s presentation, Doctor Gregory Borne, Director of the Plymouth Sustainability and Surfing Research Group (PSSRG), offered Steven to participate in a new book titled Sustainable Surfing.

After four years of communication and collaboration, the university’s book is published and available to English readers.

About the Research

Steven’s research explores the concept of a ‘surf resource system boundary’. His work develops a theoretical concept in environmental science, representing the intersecting and interrelated human and physical elements in the natural world at a given surf site. In the study, Co-authored with Assoc. Prof. Danny O’Brien at Bond University, Australia, Steven explores numerous stakeholder interests and factors related to the ‘whole’ surf system as a sustainable and dynamic model. The research addresses a knowledge gap in this area, broadening the understanding of surf system boundaries and providing clarity in two sets of dimensions: the physical boundaries of surf sites and the key resource stakeholders.

Research Affiliation

Dr. Martin has been accepted as an international contributor with Plymouth Sustainability and Surfing Research Group (PSSRG), an interdisciplinary research unit comprised of international surfers and scholars. The aim of the organization is to investigate sustainable development and surfing, exploring humanity’s interaction with the environment through the lens of a wave.


To learn more about Steven’s works and current projects, please visit his Homepage at:

A current list of his research and publication is available at:

Routledge – Sustainable Surfing

Google Books – Sustainable Surfing

Intro and References – Sustainable Surfing

Plymouth Sustainability and Surfing Research Group

Martin, S. A., & O’Brien, D. (2017). Part 2: A systems approach – Chapter 2. Surf resource system boundaries. In G. Borne and J. Ponting (Eds.), Sustainable surfing. Routledge: London.


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