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PhD course "Transdisciplinary approaches to sustainable marine aquaculture" (NBEM30, 4 ECTS)

The course is aimed at PhD students with an interest in interdisciplinary approaches to the development of sustainable food production from the sea. The course will include lectures; preparatory literature study; student oral presentations; intensive group studies in collaborative team projects; and study visits to aquaculture sites and will be taught by Swedish and international lecturers and experts from the industry.

Dates for the PhD course "Transdisciplinary approaches to sustainable marine aquaculture": 4 April-6 May, 2022.
Dates for the intensive on-site week: 3-8 April, 2022.

How to apply:
Apply using the University of Gothenburg's Application portal

Last application date: 14 March, 2022.

Read more here about the application process.

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Course description

Aquaculture holds tremendous promises to alleviate the global increased demand for food. The rapid growth of the aquaculture sector has, however, also lead to concerns for environmental impacts such as environmental and biological pollution, and the use of wild fish for fishmeal and fish oil production. A comprehensive planning for sustainable seafood production do not only include technical and biological concerns but must involve interactions between the aquaculture industry, researchers, authorities and the public at several levels

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This PhD course aims at presenting and discussing trans- and interdisciplinary methodologies to study the world’s aquaculture ecosystems and their possibilities to develop. The students will be introduced to “The Triple Helix model”, a useful approach for integrating academic, public and industry partners as well as participatory design processes within the transdisciplinary approach as ways to unify stake-holder collaboration.

The course constitutes two parts: 1) one intensive week held at , Kristineberg Center for Marine Research and Innovation, which is located on the Swedish West Coast. More information about the research station Kristineberg.

2) one internet-based part (4 weeks) during which groups of 4 students work together on one “dream” aquaculture system. The system should be described and presented in its geographical, societal and value chain context as well as presented.

Max 20 PhD students will be accepted.

For enquiries about the course, please contact:


Responsible department and other participating departments/organisations:
Swedish Mariculture Research Center, Center for Sea and Society, University of Gothenburg, Departments of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Marine Sciences, Academy of Design and Crafts, School of Business, Economics and Law at University of Gothenburg and UNE North at University of New England, Portland, Maine, USA