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Research & Projects

Research & Projects

Our Living Lab research within The Sea is interdisciplinary, solution-driven & cutting-edge

Our focus is to find science-based solutions to local, regional and global sea-related wicked problems. The Sea span and integrate a wealth of expertise, such as marine ecosystem functioning, climate adaptation of marine organisms, marine policy development, multi-level governance, stakeholder engagement, smart-sea logistics, sustainable business models, maritime law, climate change governance and Baltic Sea climate change.

For our joint work within The Sea, two overarching interdisciplinary Living Lab- research themes interests us specifically. Within these themes, some projects already exists and some are in the process of being developed.

Frameworks that are central to the Living Lab research are:

  • Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning
  • Social-ecological systems
  • Circular economy
  • Industrial ecology


Current Living Lab research themes:

Human-nature relations

What is our human relationship to life in the sea?

Why do some species constitute wicked problems for society?

What is our environmental heritage, and how is it affected by climate change and other environmental stress factors on marine life?

We answer these and other questions related to human-nature and animal relationships to improve wellbeing of both humans and the marine environment. We need this information to identify solutions for meaningful marine protection as well as the management and governance of the continuum from land to the open sea.

Some of the framework we work with within this topic are:

  • Co-production of environmental knowledge and governance
  • Human-marine organism relationships in the context of biodiversity and human wellbeing

Linking marine life, maritime technology and business

How can data and information be shared between maritime business and marine ecology to achieve synergies and other benefits?

How can insights from social science and humanities be utilized in the context of sustainable maritime transport and sustainable marine industry? How can these relationships be governed?

What data on marine life can be collected with methods of social science and humanities?

How can we integrate knowledge from various fields of marine and maritime science for the benefit of both ecosystem and society?

We strive to integrate the collection, management and sharing of marine and maritime related data in order to achieve an improved knowledge base for a more sustainable use of the sea.


The Sea affiliated Research projects:

Person(s) Project Theme(s)
Erik Bonsdorff; Anna Törnroos-Remes H2020 ECOTIP Biodiversity; Local communities; The Arctic
Erik Bonsdorff BONUS XWEBS Food webs; The Baltic Sea
Anna Törnroos-Remes Human-marine organism relationships (Kulturfonden) Environment; Art; The Baltic Sea
Nina Tynkkynen SeaHer Heritage; Governance; The Finnish archipelago
Nina Tynkkynen Package Heroes Food packaging; Consumer behavior; Finland
Nina Tynkkynen Meritieto (in Finnish) Local knowledge; Climate change; The Baltic Sea
Nina Tynkkynen HUTI Ticks; History; Finland
Nina Tynkkynen GGRA Sustainability; The Russian Arctic
Nina Tynkkynen CEN Environment; Culture; The Arctic
Magnus Hellström; Anastasia Tsvetkova Baltic Loop (INTEREG) Transport; The Baltic Sea
Magnus Hellström; Anastasia Tsvetkova SMARTER Digitalization; Shipping
Magnus Hellström; Anastasia Tsvetkova DEOS Carbon neutral; Shipping; Logistics
Magnus Hellström; Anastasia Tsvetkova CPT Technology; Transport; Sustainable business model
Magnus Hellström; Henrik Ringbom; Anastasia Tsvetkova AutoMare EduNet Autonomous shipping; Knowledge; Education
Magnus Hellström BATMAN (NFR) Batteries; Recycling; Norway
Magnus Hellström DIKU Serious games (DIKU, in Norwegian) Education; Digitalization
Magnus Hellström FITech Education; Technology
Anastasia Tsvetkova Horizon 2020 GECKO Transport; Consultation
Henrik Ringbom; Sam Grönholm BaltReg (in Swedish) Governance; Law; The Baltic Sea
Henrik Ringbom MOSPA Law; Pollution; The Arctic
Henrik Ringbom BALEX (in ÅAU website) Law; Eutrophication; The Baltic Sea
Henrik Ringbom AAWA Autonomous shipping; Law
Henrik Ringbom CompMon Pollution; Regulation
Henrik Ringbom UN-GEF: Governance Challenges, Gaps and Management Opportunities in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction Law; Governance; Environment
Henrik Ringbom Sea4Value Fairway Digitalization; Autonomous shipping; Finland
Henrik Ringbom Charting Regulatory Frameworks for Maritime Autonomous Surface Ship Testing, Pilots, and Commercial Deployments Autonomous shipping; Regulation
Sam Grönholm MaFoCi Urban climate change; Carbon neutral; Climate governance
Sam Grönholm PRIMUS Urban sustainable development; Integrated policy-making
Sam Grönholm RiskGov Governance; Ecosystem-based management; The Baltic Sea
Sam Grönholm COASTSUST Coastal sustainable development; Natural protected areas; Conflicts
Christian Pansch-Hattich BaltVib Bacteria; Climate change; The Baltic Sea
Christian Pansch-Hattich Marine heatwaves in the Archipelago Sea – from identification and measuring their impacts, to implementation of mitigation strategies (Kulturfonden) Climate change; The Archipelago Sea


Updated 1.9.2022