Designing sustainable, safe and inclusive coastal communities in Atlantic Canada
Future Ocean News is a newsletter produced by Ocean Frontier Institute’s Future Ocean and Coastal Infrastructures (FOCI) research project with the purpose of connecting team members, collaborators, partners, knowledge holders and users, disseminating research, highlighting the work of partners, increasing visibility of highly qualified personnel, and promoting FOCI’s and FOCI-related opportunities and events.
This month's newsletter contains:
Research in the Making: Return to Work After Work Injury or Illness
FOCI in Focus: FOCI Website launch, October 31st, 2022
Don’t Miss the Boat! FOCI’s first Webinar Workshop!
15-Minute-Podcast Interview with Dr. Robert Mellin
An Ocean of Opportunities: Employment Opportunity!
Moving Forward and Navigating New Waters. A Congratulatory Note to FOCI Alumni
Research in the Making
Return to Work After Work Injury or Illness: challenges for Marine and Coastal Workers in Atlantic Canada
Dr. Kimberly Cullen
FOCI’s Work Package on ‘Return to Work after Work Injury or Illness: Challenges for Marine and Coastal Workers in Atlantic Canada’ carries out research activities that lay the foundations for the development of an evidence-based strategy to design infrastructures to address the barriers and challenges for return-to-work (RTW) among injured and ill workers in changing marine and coastal industries across Atlantic Canada. This Work Package employs a disability inclusion lens to understand the unique complexities of work disability experienced by marine and coastal workers within three important industries in Atlantic Canada: fish harvesting, seafood processing and offshore oil and gas. It considers diverse experiences including those of women, youth and Indigenous workers across these industries within its planned activities.
FOCI in Focus
FOCI Website Launch!
We are happy to launch the new Future Ocean and Coastal Infrastructures website, which will be used to share information about the research, training and engagement initiatives of the project. To visit the site please click on the image above.
We are continuing to build and edit the website, so please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any suggestions or requested changes.
Don’t Miss the Boat! FOCI’s First Webinar Workshop!
Future Ocean and Coastal Infrastructures
A FOCI Webinar Workshop Series
Wednesday, November 30th, 2022
12 – 130 pm
Location TBA (a hybrid event)
Save the date! More information about the workshop and registration will be released soon!
The overall purpose of this workshop series is to enhance the profile, reach and impact of FOCI research through knowledge mobilization presentations, discussion and activities. Each workshop will be led by researchers from a FOCI Work Package. They will reflect on key findings in their research related to FOCI objectives and address how their research can enhance FOCI efforts to better understand, design, develop and manage diverse infrastructures in ways that are more sustainable, safe and inclusive for coastal communities and ocean industries challenged by ocean, climate and social change. The series will inform and advance efforts to document, synthesize and communicate lessons learned from FOCI as a whole.
15-Minute-Podcast Interview with Architect Dr. Robert Mellin
Robert Mellin is on FOCI’s Advisory Committee and is an Associate Professor (Post-Retirement) in the Faculty of Engineering, Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture, McGill University. He has been a registered architect since 1978 and has received numerous awards for his commitment to preserving the built heritage of Newfoundland and Labrador, such as his efforts in Tilting to preserve and restore houses, fishing stages and vegetable root cellars.
Today in our FOCI podcast we are speaking with architect Dr. Robert Mellin who shares with us his knowledge of local building practices in Tilting, Fogo Island. Robert speaks to how the scarcity of resources, coupled with an intimate knowledge of landscape and climate has resulted in the ingenuity of building practices that simultaneously have created coastal structures that are both precarious and resilient. Robert strongly suggests that the historical and local building practices within the outport coastal communities of Newfoundland be incorporated into the planning and building regulations of communities in time to come.
An Ocean of Opportunities
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: Assistant Professor of Marine Affairs: Fisheries Management and Policy
Apply by December 15th 2022
The Department of Marine Affairs at the University of Rhode Island is hiring an Assistant Professor of Fisheries Management and Policy. We are interested in applicants from a range of disciplines (such as marine affairs, law, economics, ecology, political science, environmental science or studies, sociology, anthropology, history, geography, public policy, or related fields). Deadline is December 15th.
The Marine Affairs department is a really great place to work. We have the oldest Marine Affairs graduate programs in the United States. We have an energetic multi-disciplinary faculty doing cutting-edge work. And the University of Rhode Island is the flagship public university in the 'Ocean State,' with a critical mass of ocean-focused researchers. You can surf, sail, and swim to your heart's content. If you study fisheries topics, this is a great place to be.The application can be found here.
Moving Forward and Navigating New Waters!
We would like to extend our congratulations to three members of the FOCI consortium on their recent achievements.
Dr. Christine Knott completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship with FOCI WP9 and has started a new position as assistant professor in Women Gender and Sexuality Studies at San Diego State University.
FOCI WP7 research team member, Jennifer Brenton has successfully defended her thesis in Management from Memorial University and has accepted a postdoctoral fellowship with the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan
Bruna Souza de Brito, earned an MA in Sociology at Memorial University and finished a two-year research assistant position with FOCI WP7. Bruna has embarked on further academic pursuits this semester in the University of Victoria’s PhD program in International Management & Organization.
Wishing you all the best on your next endeavours!
The Future Ocean and Coastal Infrastructures (FOCI) program is facilitating innovative transdisciplinary research and outreach focused on the creative co-design of infrastructures to prepare for change and build safe, sustainable and inclusive communities in Atlantic Canada.
Research Funding was provided by the Ocean Frontier Institute, through an award from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund