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Research programme secures 50 million SEK in funding for sustainable blue economy

The Co-Creating Better Blue research programme, headed by the University of Gothenburg as the main applicant, has received 50 million SEK in funding from Mistra’s “A sustainable blue economy for Sweden” initiative. SEI is one of 38 actors participating in the programme.

Ulrika Lamberth / Published on 12 December 2022

The programme’s goal is to support collaboration for a more sustainable, open, and democratic use of the ocean.

“It’s very inspiring that Mistra chooses to prioritise collaboration as an important tool for sustainability,” says Torsten Linders at the Department of Marine Sciences, University of Gothenburg, and programme manager for Co-Creating Better Blue.

Sustainable Blue Economy

The Blue Economy includes a wide range of ocean activities, such as fishing, aquaculture, tourism, fish farming, energy, and transportation. A Sustainable Blue Economy means that all these activities are carried out in a sustainable way. Therefore, new forms of collaboration need to be built between stakeholders and actors.

“A sustainable blue economy will demand cross-sectorial collaboration in a marine governance landscape which is highly fragmented and in seas which are increasingly industrialized. This is why in C2B2 a cocreation approach will be the starting point to explore how future energy, data, and shipping demands can coexist along with the goals of healthy seas,” said Karina Barquet, Senior Research Fellow and Team Leader at SEI.

Bringing together 38 actors from research to industry

The Co-Creating Better Blue research programme gathers a very large number of marine actors from all parts of society: 13 research organizations and 25 actors from industry, authorities, and civil society. The programme will work in three thematic pillars: science, technology, and governance and management.

“The most exciting part will probably be our three LivingLabs: One in the Gulf of Bothnia, one in the Baltic Proper, and one in the North Sea. LivingLabs has become an increasingly established method for conducting experiments and testing innovations in a real environment together with actors and stakeholders,” said Torsten Linders, Project Coordinator, Department of Marine Sciences at the University of Gothenburg.

About “A sustainable blue economy for Sweden”

The University of Gothenburg will act as the coordinator of the research programme Co-Creating Better Blue (C2B2). The programme will receive SEK 50 million from Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (Mistra) distributed over four years. In addition, the programme will receive an additional 4 million SEK in co-financing from the Västra Götaland region and 8 million SEK from other actors.

Mistra supports research of strategic importance for a good living environment and sustainable development.

The goal of Mistra’s “A sustainable blue economy for Sweden” programme is to support the transition to a sustainable blue economy that will improve environmental conditions and increase resilience in ocean areas of relevance to Sweden. The goal is to steer away from strategies for individual sectors and develop an overall perspective for Sweden’s blue economy.


Karina Barquet
Karina Barquet

Team Leader: Water, Coasts and Ocean; Senior Research Fellow

SEI Headquarters

Ulrika Lamberth
Ulrika Lamberth

Senior Press Officer


SEI Headquarters

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