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Exploring the Blue Economy

By Dr. Edward T. Canuel

The time has come, the Walrus said,
To talk of many things:
Of shoes—and ships—and sealing-wax—
Of cabbages—and kings—
And why the sea is boiling hot—
And whether pigs have wings.

And like the conversation of the Walrus and the Carpenter from Lewis Caroll’s book, the concept of the blue economy offers us the opportunity to talk about many things. In short, this concept includes guidelines and ideas that should lead to a globally prosperous and sustainable economy generating wealth and jobs for all. In this presentation, you will discover what this concept means exactly, what it means in practice, and the various interdisciplinary issues which intersect it. The Arctic will then be focused on as a case study where many of the blue economy’s concepts meld together. The crucial role of critical infrastructure within the blue economy context, particularly when discussing Arctic issues, will be reviewed. The lecture concludes by exploring the blue economy’s strong intradisciplinary research potential.

Dr. Edward T. Canuel is a professor, diplomat, and attorney. He has been a professor at various universities (Aalborg, American, Aarhus); his teaching and research focus on Arctic and energy law, sustainable development, and security issues. Ed holds a B.A. from Boston College (summa cum laude); a Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School; a Master of Laws from Osgoode Hall in Business Law (where he served subsequently as an Osgoode Visiting Scholar); and a Ph.D. from the University of Oslo (comparative private law, focusing on the energy and finance sectors). Most recently, he joined the Austrian Polar Research Institute as an Associate Member.

  • The presentation will take place on Monday, 26.04.2021 at 17:00 CEST.
  • Please register at:
  • Zoom link and access code will be sent to you 1 hour before the presentation.
  • Free public lecture in English!

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