Session 3. Valuing the digital ocean

Session description:

A wide range of economic and government sectors are investing effort to understand the added management aspects related to the blue economy, blue growth, oceanic sustainability, and blue entrepreneurship. How may we begin identifying ways for a systematic study of the role of digital technologies in valuing the Arctic Ocean as it undergoes radical transformation? What should the value of these technologies be beyond any industry or government program to which they are attached? What are the various techniques and forms of scalability and precision through which value is being created in terms of economic diversification, shared prosperity and Arctic oceanic sustainability? This proposal invites abstracts with a mix of quantitative and qualitative data analysis methods, including literature reviews, critical analysis, survey instruments, in-depth interviews and focus groups of key stakeholders. A key theme of this session addresses ways that digital technologies may serve to expand, challenge, or redefine the legitimacy of existing value regimes (e.g., finance and insurance) beyond local and circum-Arctic contexts, especially in the context of climate change and resource overexploitation. The session theme originates from concerns of The New Arctic & Digital Ocean (NADO) project inaugurated in 2018 with support from the Peder Sather Center for Advanced Study and is led by the NADO community at NTNU, UC Berkeley, and UiT. Contributions may address the valuation of information from environmental technologies in the context of traditional industries such as fisheries, hydrocarbon development, tourism, and maritime transport, but also emerging activities such as aquaculture, offshore renewable energy, and marine biotechnology or mining. Fundamental perspectives can include exploring how an emerging “Arctic blue economy” is compatible with environmental objectives or that align with the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

The science committee plans to arrange a special issue or collection of articles in one of the high-impact peer-reviewed journals (e.g., Environmental Research Letters) in conjunction with the session.

Science committee:

  • Arthur Mason, Associate Professor, Department of Social Anthropology, NTNU, Norway (co-lead)
  • Alexander Arroyo, MLA, Harvard Graduate School of Design, PhD Candidate, Department of Geography, UC Berkeley, USA (co-lead)
  • Camilla Brattland, Assistant Professor, Institute of Social Sciences, UiT The Arctic University of Norway
  • Karen Hèbert, Assistant Professor, Geography and Environmental Studies, Carleton University, Canada
  • Espen Johnsen, Researcher, Institute for Marine Research, Norway
  • Berit Kristoffersen, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Sciences, UiT The Arctic University of Norway
  • Oxana Timofeeva, Professor, Centre for Practical Philosophy “Stasis”, European University at St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Ståle Walderhaug, CEO, SINTEF Nord, Norway
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