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.


Key thematic areas of interest

Navigational Rights and Freedoms

This theme builds on the of 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 the chemistry of seawater are occurring, including ocean acidification and . These changes are leading to severe for 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 face of in increasing developmental pressures and 'coastal squeeze',

Challenges in Ocean Governance

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

Programme in Land-to-Ocean Leadership

Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (SwAM) and the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure of Germany (BMVI)

WMU has launched a Land-to-Ocean Leadership PhD Scholarship and Post-Doctoral

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