Knowledge about Ocean in transition requires knowledge about coastal societies in transition. In order to create viable coastal societies now and in future, a broad knowledge base of the interconnections between work and learning is important. Furthermore, we need knowledge about the experiences of the population living in coastal communities.

Children are the adults of the future coastal communities, and the knowledge  about ocean and coast are in their hands. Our coastal history reveals that important local knowledge was transmitted from older generations to children through work and practices in everyday life. The research project; Norway as a sea nation. Coastal communities, generation, knowledge is interdisciplinary and consist of researchers from three faculties at NTNU, in addition to an international team from 4 countries. ’Mixed methods’ and life biographies across three generation are applied. Among the key questions are: How are childhood and relations between different generations experienced across three generations? Which implications do these changes have for transmission  of local knowledge, feelings of belonging and life quality? How is the coast experienced as a ’home’, and as an arena for learning? What is the social meaning of sea and the coastal landscape for identity and belonging , for experiences of health and life quality? 



13:00 - 16:30 Parallel Session


  • Norway as a Sea Nation. Generations, knowledge and sustainability (Prof. Anne Trine Kjørholt, NTNU, head of the "Norway as a Sea Nation" project)
  • Purpose and belonging as sources of health through three generations (Prof. Geir Arild Espnes and Prof. Linn Getz, NTNU)
  • Childhood in coastal communities. An analytical view on literature (Christopher Messelt, NTNU)
  • ‘Traditions meet modernity’. Fishing industries and childhood in transition in Faroe Island (Ass. Prof. Firouz Gaini, University of  Faroe Island)