Global Ocean Institute
The WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute was inaugurated in May 2018 and made possible through generous support from The Nippon Foundation, the Governments of Sweden, Canada, and Germany, as well as the City of Malmö.

The vision of the Institute is to act as an independent focal point for the ocean science-policy-law-industry-society interface where policy makers, the scientific community, regulators, industry actors, academics, and representatives of civil society meet to discuss how best to manage and use ocean spaces and their resources in accordance with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

In delivering the mission of the Institute, faculty and staff at the Institute undertake evidence-based research, capacity building programmes and outreach on a broad range of topics in contemporary ocean affairs. The Land-to-Ocean Leadership PhD Scholarship and Post-Doctoral Fellowship Programme is one of the lighthouse initiatives of the Institute.

The research of the Institute provides new perspectives on how to address the manifold threats facing the ocean. Under the leadership of Professor Ronan Long, Director of the Institute, and Professor Clive Schofield, the Institute’s Head of Research, the WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute sets out to seek answers and to build knowledge that facilitates the conservation and sustainable use of the ocean and its resources.

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key thematic areas of interest

Navigational Rights and Freedoms

This theme builds on the maritime expertise within WMU and focuses on governance issues relating to shipping and particularly navigational rights and freedoms.

Deep Blue: Capacity Building & Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction

International instrument (ILBI) relating to biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ)

Oceans, Climate Action & the UN 2030 Agenda

Oceans are warming and substantial changes to the chemistry of seawater are occurring, including ocean acidification and deoxygenation. These changes severely affect marine environments, habitats and species.

Blue Limits: Spatial Governance of Ocean Space & the Ocean/Coastal/Terrestrial Interface

Foundations for claims to maritime jurisdiction, that is the definition baselines and the management of complex and critical ecosystems located at the land/sea interface in the face of increasing developmental pressures and 'coastal squeeze', compounded by the implications of sea-level rise.

Challenges in Ocean Governance

Human Rights, Gender Equality, Marine Debris, Blue Economy etc.



In order to identify, integrate and systematize the complexity of the problem, the research will focus on three interconnected, holistic and multidisciplinary research themes:

  1. Science and technology;
  2. Blue / Green Economics; and
  3. Societal awareness

Adaptive marine spatial planning is considered as a cross-cutting theme for all of the research themes. Against this background,WMU is recruiting Ph.D. candidates, researching each of the research themes respectively. Scholarship research proposals are welcome, canvassing novel interdisciplinary societal, economic and scientific approaches towards increasing the knowledge base of marine debris and cumulative effects of Sargassum with a specific focus on the challenges experienced by SIDS in the Eastern Caribbean region.

For more information about this position and how to apply, please read the Terms of Reference.

Deadline for Applications: 31 May 2020