The PhD fellow will be part of the project “Strengthening the adaptive capacity of institutions in fisheries” funded by The Norwegian Research Council as part of the Programme “Climate Change and its impacts on Norway”(NORKLIMA).
This project will be carried out at the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES); Department of Biology, in close collaboration with the Department of Economics, both at University of Oslo.
The successful candidate will work in a research team that analyzes the feedbacks between climatic, social and ecological forces with the aim to strengthen the adaptive capacity of institutions that govern marine ecosystems, focusing on the Barents Sea ecosystem. Typical issues to be studied are (i) how informal institutions, such as social norms and cultural identity, influence behavior of individual fishermen, (ii) how formal institutions, such as government regulatory agencies, respond to environmental change and its effect on resource users, (iii) how biological complexity, such as the risk of a resource collapse induced by climate change, should be reflected in management plans.
This project will be carried out in collaboration with the Fisheries Centre of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver,Canada; the Stockholm Resilience Centre, University of Stockholm, Sweden; MARICE, Reykjavik University, Iceland; Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada, and the University of Tromsø, Norway. Thus, this project combines global insights from fisheries around the world with valuable Nordic expertise to meet challenges posed by a changing climate.
The applicant has the possibility to visit the Fisheries Centre of the University of British Columbia (www.fisheries.ubc.ca) for one semester to work with leading experts on global and regional effects of climate change on marine biodiversity and fisheries. The Centre has a unique database comprising distribution maps, as well as ecosystem and catch data for more than 1,000 species. Additional shorter stays abroad with other partners to acquire complementary knowledge are also possible.
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