Blue Planet: Ocean literacy for a more sustainable, healthier World

Blue Planet: Ocean literacy for a more sustainable, healthier World

‘Ocean Literacy: an understanding of the ocean’s influence on you, and your influence on the Ocean. Ocean literacy is not only a way to increase the awareness of the public about the ocean, but it is an approach to encourage all citizens and stakeholders to have a more responsible and informed behaviour towards the ocean and its resources’ (

boy with a cape jumping out from the water

Our village will be a collaborative platform to discover, investigate, discuss and create strategies to increase Ocean Literacy, on collective and individual levels. The village will consider all perspectives (technological, environmental, political, economic, cultural, aesthetical…) on the chosen case (or cases). By developing various relations between what is ‘yet unknown’ we will investigate new opportunities for Ocean Literacy. 

We will select local and global cases of human interaction with the Ocean. Through research, interviews with stakeholders (i.e. entrepreneurs, indigenous communities, networks of municipalities, research collaborations, artists, activists…, etc.) and internal discussions, the students will define possible strategies for increasing Ocean Literacy and citizen engagement on the cases selected.

Climate change is causing tremendous consequences which will fundamentally reshape our interaction with Nature, the Ocean is in the middle of it all. Polar ice caps are melting, ocean temperature increasing, ocean pollution is a constant in the media… we are all wondering what we can do, how can we help… INFORMATION, EDUCATION, CITIZEN ENGAGEMENT may hold some of the answers. Ocean Literacy encloses all these. We only have a few decades for action, the time is now.

By studying different cases the village aims at initiating creative conversations and collaborations between art, science, technology, culture, business and policymaking.  

During the Village we will try to find answers to questions such as:

  • What are existing processes of Citizen Engagement in Norway, linked to Ocean Activities. What kind of information is available? Who provides the information?
  • What high profile cases/examples do I know of human interaction with the Ocean at local, national and global level? What is its importance? What are the positive and negative effects?
  • How are stakeholders involved in disseminating information, i.e., ‘framing’ or ‘greenwashing’?
  • How is this information interpreted by the different stakeholders?
  • How does the society around the ‘case’ shape the discourse? (i.e., cultural, age, gender)
  • What actions will increase community engagement?
  • Is community engagement a good thing?

Relevant competency

This topic touches many of the 17 UN sustainable development goals and therefore it requires an interdisciplinary perspective and good discussions among all different disciplines.

The village, hosted by the strategic research area of NTNU OCEANS & the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (IV Faculty), is open to students from all academic disciplines. To find ways to convey & increase Ocean Literacy we need all perspectives. We need to raise critical voices, partake in unusual discussions and have the willingness to collaborate, commit and be open for change. Students will be encouraged to experiment with the scope of their disciplines and to remain curious to new concepts and ideas. 



Course code: TBA4863

Village title: Blue Planet: Ocean literacy for a more sustainable, healthier World

Type: Semester

Language: English (students will be able to write their report in Norwegian)

Village supervisor: Maria Azucena Gutierrez Gonzalez - NTNU Oceans Coordinator

Contact information:

Semester: Spring 2021

Loaction: Trondheim

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