Sustainable value creation in Ocean Space

Sustainable value creation in Ocean Space

This village focuses on technological and societal issues related to ocean resource exploration and use. The main objective of the village is to identify current and future opportunities and challenges offered by the oceans and coastal resources. This range from bio-resources, energy, minerals, “sea-way”, ocean/coast interactions and even tourism.  In focus should be sustainability and safety as frameworks.  

The village team is very well suited for interdisciplinary teams, since maritime operations always require a wide range of expertise from a wide range of technologies, natural sciences, human factors,  geography, risk/safety, finance, entrepreneurs etc…  

Sustainable value creation in ocean space

Relevant competency

Since the aim is to develop technological solutions, the most relevant (core) competence will be multidiscipline technologies.  However, as counter balance to the technology competence in natural science and social issues are equally relevant.


About the village

Norway’s most important resources are related to the oceans and long coastline. Entrepreneurs are continuously looking for innovative ways of exploring the resources. Recent years, stronger focus is set on the environmental issues and need for sustainability in all we do.  Further, climate changes are affecting our coastal infrastructure and daily life.  The ocean is giving a lot, but also taking back. Risk and safety are important challenges now and in the future.

The village will have mentors and supervisors from industry and public institutions. They will also provide relevant themes and research questions to the village groups.

Some examples of research questions:

  • Ocean waste as resources? (“circular oceans”)
  • How can autonomous transport of people in coastal areas increase efficiency and safety?
  • How can we reduce the number of lives lost to the sea?
  • Smart ways to harvest energy from the ocean?
  • More sustainable harvesting from the sea (avoid harming other resources)?

Info om landsby - IP509118 Sustainable value creation in Ocean Space

Course code: IP509118
Village: Sustainable value creation in Ocean Space
Type: Semester-based
Language: English
Village supervisor: Vilmar Æsøy
Contact information: Vilmar Æsøy
Semester: Spring 2021

Important information about EiT

Important information about EiT:

  • The focus on teamwork skills and group processes is the unique feature of Experts in Teamwork (EiT)
  • EiTs 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, 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 page for students