The Arctic Blue Economy

International Graduate Student Research Cohort

The annual International Graduate Student Research Cohort (IGSRC) brings together students and faculty from universities in Maine and across the North Atlantic region to collaborate on research that results in publishable papers and a joint presentation at the Arctic Circle Assembly (ACA) in Reykjavik, Iceland.

The members of the cohort network with one another through remote video conferencing sessions in advance of coming together in person at the ACA. The project demonstrates how universities and the private sector can work together, build on one another’s perspectives, and design integrated solutions for economic and environmental challenges in the Arctic and North Atlantic Blue Economy. The cohort participants focus their research on innovative best practices as seen through the lens of the Triple Bottom Line (TBL) framework: “People, Planet, and Profit”.

Since students and faculty are drawn from a variety of fields, they work together in an integrated cross-disciplinary manner, while pursuing their own research. The annual IGSRC is the result of an ongoing partnership among the University of Tromsø (UiT) – The Arctic University of Norway, the Maine North Atlantic Institute (MNAI) at the University of Southern Maine (USM), and the New England Ocean Cluster (NEOC) in Portland, Maine.

The 2023 Cohort includes six students and four faculty members from the University of Tromsø (UiT) – The Arctic University of Norway, the University of Southern Maine (USM), and the University of New Brunswick (UNB), and the Robert Gordon University (RGU) in Scotland. The students and faculty will present their research at the Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik, Iceland on October 21, 2023 in the session, THE ARCTIC BLUE ECONOMY: INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH COHORT. Please see below to view the students’ full research papers.

The 2022 Cohort included six students and three faculty members from the University of Tromsø (UiT) – The Arctic University of Norway, the University of Southern Maine (USM), and the University of New Brunswick (UNB). The students and faculty presented at the Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik, Iceland on October 13, 2022 in the session, THE ARCTIC BLUE ECONOMY: INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH COHORT. Please see below to view the students’ full research papers.