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.

Research in the Making

Partner Spotlight

In collaboration with Dr. Nicole Power and Dr. Madeleine Gustavsson, and in partnership with the Newfoundland and Labrador Social Justice Co-op, her research project considers alternative FOCI infrastructure designs and methods for investigating and achieving social and ecological equity. The main question that centers this project is, how do we create robust coastal communities that are also inclusive, safe, just, and equitable places to live and work? This project links the current climate crisis with historical and current industry infrastructures in coastal communities in Newfoundland and examines how practices and processes challenge or reinforce systems of inequities and oppression that shape our relations to people, marine animals, and the land and sea. Drawing on the theoretical fields of ecofeminism and feminist political ecology, this work connects early feminist fisheries literatures with the relevant theoretical works drawing on resource assemblages and more-than-human world frames, but acknowledges the important work done by ecofeminist scholars that is often missed.

You can check out her research projects and podcast at

Don’t Miss the Boat! Ongoing and Upcoming Events

An Ocean of Opportunities

OGEN Position Opening: Marine Vessel Drag Reduction (Master’s or PhD)

This project aims to develop and characterize smart coatings for marine vessel drag reduction. Earlier studies have shown that superhydrophobic surfaces with this type of coating lead to significant benefits including lower drag and improved corrosion resistance. This project will further investigate GIT’s graphene-based smart coatings and develop new coatings with polymers and nanoparticles for drag reduction purposes. The research will focus on understanding the fundamental surface wettability, adhesion, and particularly the drag reduction mechanism.

Interested candidates should apply immediately to both Marciel Gaier and Xili Duan, including their full curriculum vitae and statement of interest.

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

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