Knowledge for the analysis of ocean science and technology in a societal, environmental  and sustainable perspective.


NTNU Oceans Pilot - Norway as a sea nation

The pilot study is a multidisciplinary research activity where researchers and doctor students collaborate to cope with the complex societal interactions in changing coastal communities. It is initiated by NTNU Oceans, aiming at establishing a deeper knowledge base of the dynamic interplay between education, identity, society and industry across generations in coastal communities.


While the ecological and regulatory problems are widely acknowledged, the governance of the sea remains inadequate to address global and multifarious challenges. The problems are particularly acute for the area that lies beyond national borders and jurisdiction, i.e. the high seas and the deep ocean. The challenges related to the use and regulation of this area are fundamentally shaped and influenced by cultural conditions and perceptions.This project seeks to chart and analyze how cultural conditions underpin the use of the oceans and to investigate the relationships between the representations, resources and regulations of the high seas and the deep oceans. An interdisciplinary effort will link the studies of aesthetical formations with their concomitant implications for legal and regulatory development across historical time and space. Contact: Prof. Håkon With Andersen

Aquaculture industry and learning

This national project (2016-2020) will identify actions, mechanisms and structures promoting learning cultures in the aquaculture industry. The acquired knowledge will provide insights in rationalities for valuing and merging experience and knowledge and reflect characteristics and dynamics in the knowledge society learning cultures. These insights will create a knowledge base for reflection and choice for actors in the aquaculture industry concerning challenges of knowledge, leadership and education and learning. The knowledge will be shared with relevant actors through an active dialogue. Contact: Prof. Jorun Stenøien


This project will explain how land-use change and other human activities may alter life history strategies in salmonids and hence the ecosystem services that they provide and human communities depend on. The main aim is to reveal underlying differences between resident and anadromous individuals, and estuarine and fjord feeding strategies, in a salmonid species. The second aim is to test the hypothesis that marine residency and/or growth rate are impacted when marine environmental conditions are deteriorated. Furthermore, the study will evaluate the ecosystem services potentially generated by anadrome fish populations and whether and to what extent these ecosystem services may change in the event of changing the life history strategies.

Circular Ocean

Circular Ocean is a EC supported project (2016-2018) seeking to inspire enterprises and entrepreneurs to realise the opportunities of discarded fishing nets in the Northern Periphery & Arctic (NPA) region, and hence put the increasing levels of marine litter to a stop. Through transnational collaboration and eco-innovation Circular Ocean will develop, share and test new sustainable solutions to incentivise the elimination, collection and, reprocessing of discarded fishing nets and assist the movement towards a more circular economy. 


The project will develop, compare and evaluate the effectiveness and environmental effects of different oil spill response methods in a cold climate. It will also develop a system for the real-time observation of underwater oil spills, and will contribute to the development of a cross-border oil spill response strategy and decision making in cold climate and ice-infested areas. GRACE is funded by H2020 and runs from 2016 to 2019. 


This EC funded project aims at maximizing yield of fisheries while balancing ecosystem, economic and social concerns. It reexamines the variants of MSY (Multiple Sustainable Yield), looking at the impact of environment, economy and society.


The project on "Direct and indirect ecotoxicological impacts of microplastics on marine organisms" is funded by the Joint Programming Initiative JPI Oceans (2015-2018). It studies the ingestion, foodweb transfer, and ecotoxicological impact of microplastics, persistent organic pollutants (POPs), metals and associated plastic additive chemicals, on key European marine species and ecosystems. 


SISVI is a competence project funded by industry partners and the Norwegian Research Council. The project focuses on industry needs in order to enhance competitiveness, by implementing sustainable business practices. One of its case studies relates to the recycling of plastic components in the Norwegian fish farming industry. (2014-2018)

Knowledge areas

  • Governance
  • Security and reliability
  • Environmental analysis
  • Communication and dissemination
  • Value chain analysis
  • Maritime history
  • Safety and risk management