Sustainable Coastal Communities: Aquaculture


Illustration photo - costal community.

What are sustainable coastal communities? Coastal communities are looking for solutions that create jobs and provide good living conditions, while protecting the local environment and culture. Sustainable solutions in coastal communities consider long-term strategic decisions that solve one challenge without creating more difficult challenges, and also address social, environmental and economic impacts. Students are given the opportunity to tackle current issues with input from business, local and regional authorities and other relevant "stakeholders".


Sustainability is a multidimensional concept: solutions must consider the economic, social, political, technological and environmental impact. Students will work on challenges such as:

  •  Economic, Social, and Environmental impact
  •  Technological relevance
  •  Local and national concerns, involvement and planning


We want a wide variety of students from all disciplines, which is representative of the multiple interests of stakeholders in a coastal community. It is also in line with the increasing number of research projects funded by Norway (NFR) and the EU that require inter-disciplinary participation.  


About Sustainable Coastal Communities

1. Background for village
The village has existed for almost ten years and has tackled a number of interesting challenges for coastal communities. The need to find good sustainable solutions for aquaculture increases with the increased global demand for aquaculture products and Norway’s expertise in the aquaculture industry.  Aquaculture and industrial development along the coast is a hot topic in Norway, reflected by comprehensive planning (i.e. Integrated Coastal Zone Management). 

2. Affiliates
The village collaborates with SINTEF, AquaCulture Engineering (ACE) and Bridgehead Frøya to provide students access to researchers, local businesses and authorities. Individuals from these organizations help students with the formulation of project topics and may be available as information sources.

3. Exciting Projects
Student projects are real challenges for coastal communities, and students have the opportunity to have a genuine impact on society. Students also have the opportunity to work with the highly innovative Norwegian aquaculture industry in finding new sustainable solutions.

4. Expectations for Students 
Students must be willing to work as a group with people from different disciplines and backgrounds. It is an advantage if the student has a passion for sustainable solutions for coastal communities or the aquaculture industry.

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Course code: POL3800
Village: Sustainable Coastal Communities: Aquaculture
Type: Intensive
Language: English
Village supervisor: John Ellis
Semester: Spring 2017

Important information about EiT:

  • The focus on teamwork skills and group processes is the unique feature of Experts in Teamwork (EiT).
  • EiT's teaching methods depend on the contribution and presence of every participant throughout the semester. For this reason, attendance is compulsory on every village day.
  • In contrast to many courses, the first few days are especially important in EiT. During this period, the team members get to know each other and discuss what each individual can contribute. You will also draw up the compulsory cooperation agreement and start preparing a shared research question.
  • For additional information about Experts in Teamwork, see the page for students.