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Issue # 11 March 2023


Designing sustainable, safe and inclusive coastal communities in Atlantic Canada

Future Ocean News is a newsletter produced by the 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: Foresighting Sustainable Coastal Community Infrastructures

  • FOCI in Focus: 15-Minute Podcast Interview with Sharon King-Campbell

  • Partner Spotlight: Wageningen University & Research

  • Bright Future Researcher Spotlight: Alexis McGill

  • Don’t Miss the Boat! Upcoming events…

  • An Ocean of Opportunities! PhD and Employment Opportunity

Research in the Making

In this podcast, we speak with Sharon King-Campbell a doctoral candidate with Memorial University’s Department of English. Sharon is a research assistant with FOCI Integration Work Package 4, Artistic Infrastructure for Navigating Ocean and Coastal Community Change. Sharon talks about the play, Melody and the Fishes, which she has written in collaboration with Dr. Jamie Skidmore (Department of English), Dr. Anne Graham (Department of Modern Languages), and puppeteer and storyteller David Lane. The play is written for youth, but intended for people of all ages, and is a rich, diverse story about the impact that climate change has on marine, and coastal communities, specifically those of Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Partner Spotlight

Wageningen University and Research (WUR) in the Netherlands focuses on the theme of ‘healthy food and living environment’. One of the research themes of the Environmental Policy Group (ENP) is centred on ‘marine (governance)’; addressing the institutional dynamics of several maritime and coastal activities (including fishing, aquaculture, oil and gas production, offshore wind energy, shipping, and tourism) and the enabling and constraining conditions for their governance. The Environmental Policy Group background in research contributes to the development of innovative and legitimate marine governance arrangements with an intent for a more sustainable and equitable future for the largest commons in the world.

WUR’s partnership with FOCI Integration Work Package 1 (IWP1), extends collaboration on interdisciplinary research related to sustainability in the areas of integrated governance, strategic planning and foresighting for coastal activities facing change. Dr. Marloes Kraan, a key collaborator, is a marine social scientist, working as a researcher at the applied research institute Wageningen Economic Research (WEcR), and at the Environmental Policy Group at Wageningen University. She is part of the international Community of Practice established by FOCI research IWP1, on Foresighting Sustainable Coastal Community Infrastructures.

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Bright Future : Researcher Spotlight

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Don’t Miss the Boat! Upcoming Events

Join us for FOCI's Workshop Webinar #3

An Ocean of Opportunities!

A special thanks …

FOCI’s research, training and engagement initiatives are made possible with contributions and support from numerous project partners and collaborators.

We would like to acknowledge the recent contributions to FOCI’s project website from Ritche Perez and Alex Fradkin for use of photography, as well as Robert Mullin for designing the FOCI-OFI avatar.

Thank you!

Research Funding was provided by the Ocean Frontier Institute, through an award from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund

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