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INTPART-International Partnerships for Excellent Education and Research

Environmental sustainability, marine economies and gendered socio-economic inequalities:A Norway-Brazil partnership in research and teaching

Alternative title: Miljømessig bærekraft, marin økonomi og kjønnede sosioøkonomiske ulikheter: Et norsk-brasiliansk partnerskap innen forskning og undervisning

Awarded: NOK 3.9 mill.

?Environmental Sustainability, Marine Economies and Gendered Socio-Economic Inequalities (ENMARINE): A Norway-Brazil Partnership in Research and Teaching? is an interdisciplinary strategic partnership in teaching and research development, thematically focused on the intersections between environmental sustainability, marine economies, and gendered socio-economic inequalities. The project defines marine economies as the extraction and harvesting of marine resources, but also economic activities that encroach upon marine space, such as offshore renewable and non-renewable resource extraction, industrial development, and sea-based trade. The growing complexity of economic activities taking place at various scales and amongst unequally positioned actors in and adjacent to marine space, combined with the effects of climate change and environmental degradation, calls for fine-grained research on how different forms of economic activity co-exist and enter into conflict, and the complex and accumulative effects that this has upon the environment, eco-systems, communities and broader society. ENMARINE aims to expand this field of research by developing an explicitly gendered analytical framework capable of capturing the different forms of inequality that these processes produce. The project is a collaboration between the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Bergen (UiB), and the Department of Oceanography and the Department of Education, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande (FURG) in Brazil. The project is structured around student-, PhD-, and researcher mobility between Norway and Brazil, collaboration in teaching and supervision, development of joint research publications- and projects, and the establishment of an international, long-term and leading research network and research environment. The project will also build networks with stakeholders in politics and business, NGOs, civil society, and other relevant actors.

The ENMARINE project is a strategic partnership that aims to establish the University of Bergen as a hub for world–class research and teaching centered on the thematic pillars of environmental sustainability, marine economies and gendered social-economic inequalities. The project's inception is anchored in collaboration among scholars at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Bergen, and the Institute of Oceanography and Institute of Education at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande (Rio Grande Federal University, FURG), in Brazil. The project will develop a strong international network of scholars, also from other countries and regions, and advance additional partnership agreements during the project period. The partnership's overall purpose is to develop integrated research- and teaching methods and research projects that meet the highest international standards, and to build up resilient partnerships capable of foster academic excellency at all partner institutions involved, also beyond the project period. The project will also establish relations with relevant institutions and stakeholders outside of academia, both in Norway and Brazil, and actively engage with the SDGs both in research and teaching. To that end, the ENMARINE project's integrated project design encompasses: a) institutional agreements for bilateral student mobility, b) guest researcher exchange, c) collaborative teaching and supervision, incl. course development, d) the development of research proposals, e) collaborative publications, public outreach events and additional dissemination strategies, f) the arrangement of conferences in Brazil and Norway, g) the establishment of a collaborative student-researcher network, f) the establishment of a strong international network of scholars engaged in teaching and research centered on the project's thematic pillars, and g) a consolidated foundation for fostering new institutional partnerships with additional countries/institutions.

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INTPART-International Partnerships for Excellent Education and Research