Blue and green growth

Nord University aims to be a driving force for the green shift through research and education within blue and green growth.

Nord University is among the leading institutions in research and education related to natural resources. These resources contribute to the sustainable development of the green shift and a robust circular economy.

Nord University is located in a region with abundant natural resources, significant primary industries, and forward-thinking industrial sectors. The university aims to prioritise the development of new fundamental knowledge about nature, biotechnology, value creation, and circular economic systems.

Research and education in blue and green growth contribute to increased food production and food security. Nord University's scope covers 40 percent of Norway's coastline and plays a significant role in marine food production.

The effects of climate change are more pronounced in the arctic regions than in the rest of the world, making Nord's geographical location particularly important. To achieve national and international goals, research in blue and green growth is crucial for both increasing the availability of food resources and limiting the human footprint on climate and the environment.

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Research projects related to blue and green growth

  • Goal of the project

    Mapping optimal zones for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in European seas.

    Project leader

    Mark John Costello

    Funding

    Horizon Europe

    Time period

    January 2023 - April 2026

    Read more about MPA Europe

  • Goal of the project

    Investigating the role of epigenetics in wild-caught fish adapting to an aquaculture environment.

    Project leader

    Jorge Manuel de Oliveira Fernandes

    Funding

    European Research Council

    Time period

    2016-2020

    Read more about EPIFISH

  • Goal of the project

    ARCTAQUA's main objective is to promote the development of sustainable aquaculture in the Arctic region.

    Project leader

    Ørjan Hagen

    Funding

    Kolarctic CBC, EU, Russia, Norway, Sweden and Finland

    Read more about ARCTAQUA

  • Goal of the project

    Development of rapid, accurate, and cost-saving methods for determining species composition in marine benthic communities.

    Project leader

    Truls Borg Moum

    Funding

    Interreg North Sea Region

    Read more about GEANS

  • Goal of the project

    The project involves ensiling of Alaria esculenta using various methods and feeding ruminants.

    Project leader

    Margarita Novoa-Garrido

    Funding

    Regionale forskningsfond Nord-Norge

    Time period

    2019-2022

  • Goal of the project

    The goal of the project is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from barns by converting methane into carbon dioxide through catalytic combustion of methane produced by cattle.

    Prosject leader

    Geir Næss

    Funding

    Norges forskningsråd

    Time period

    2019-2022

  • Goal of the project

    The goal of the project is to develop biotechnology that significantly improves methods for broodstock management and enhances the reproductive selection of selected species.

    Prosject leader

    Jorge Galindo-Villegas

    Funding

    Horisont 2020 and Norges Forskningsråd

    Time period

    2020-2023

    Read more about BestBrood

  • Goal of the project

    Studying attitudes towards and management of mineral waste as a resource.

    Project leader

    Annelin Seppola

    Funding

    Norges forskningsråd

    Time period

    2020-2024

Education

The study programmes at the Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture are highly related to the focus area of blue and green growth.