Cold Ocean and Northern Strength


Cold Oceans and Northern Strength 

Memorial University (MUN) is a recognized international leader in cold ocean and Arctic teaching and research across all disciplines, touching all aspects of science, technology, and society. Cold Ocean and Northern Strength (foremerly "COASTS") is a strategic initiative of Memorial University, researching the fundamental human dynamics of development in cold-ocean and Arctic contexts, and the effects of this development on the environment, communities, and societies. Our many projects, involving expertise and contributions in research, teaching, public engagement, and collaboration with external and internal academic and community leaders, include:

Making fish: the political economy of marine finfish aquaculture in post-moratorium Newfoundland and Labrador.

This research examines the political economy of fish health and disease in Newfoundland and Labrador’s contemporary aquaculture industry, led by Dr. Daniel Banoub, Geography. Further information.

On the Move Partnership

This national, and international project researches employment-related geographical mobility and its consequences for workers, families, employers, communities, and Canadian municipal, provincial and federal governments, led by Dr. Barbara Neis, Sociology.  Dr. Sharon Roseman's research on commuting from Bell Island is an example. Further information

Social Network Structure and Perceptions about Environmental Social Movement Organizations in Climate Change Policy-2016

A component of the international COMPON project (Comparing Climate Change Policy Networks), this project uses social network analysis tools to look at which actors are most central and influential in Canadian climate change policy networks. COMPON is an international research project designed to address the causes of variation in societal and governmental responses to the reduction of greenhouse gas (especially carbon dioxide) levels in the global atmosphere, led by Dr. David Tindall (UBC), with Dr. Mark Stoddart, Sociology. Further information

Retention and Integration of Immigrants in Newfoundland and Labrador

This component of the Vital Signs project examines the extent to which economic and social integration factors, human capital and area level factors are associated with immigrants’ satisfaction with their settlement experience. This research is led by Dr. Halina Sapeha (Harris Centre), working with Dr. Tony Fang, Jarislowsky Chair in Cultural and Economic Transition. Further. 

Cold Water Oil

This project explores both the contemporary and historical affects and the North Atlantic offshore oil industry on the people of Newfoundland and Labrador and other Northern areas of energy extraction, led by Dr. Danine Farquharson and Dr. Fiona Polack, English. Further information