January 25, 2019

News and Updates

OFI Module I - Informing Governance Responses in a Changing Ocean
See news and updates below for OFI Module I, regarding:
  • Consent for Indigenous Research Information Session: New session scheduled for remote participation!
  • Insights from the Feminist Fisheries Writing Bootcamp
  • Recently launched report 'Sustainable Fishing Families Developing Industry Human Capital through Health, Wellbeing, Safety and Resilience' by FRDC
  • Master's and Postdoctoral fellowship opportunities with Module I-2. Help us spread the word!
  • Master's Programs in Coastal Studies in Iceland
Consent for Indigenous Research Information Session
New session scheduled for remote participation 
13 February 2019 | 10-11:30AM | via BlueJeans
As announced on December 3, 2018, Memorial University will be updating research application and awards processes across the university starting July 1, 2019. This update will entail ensuring that researchers have consent from Indigenous governing bodies or groups for research done on Indigenous land and/or on Indigenous peoples, languages, and cultures. Members of the university community are invited to attend open consultation sessions focused on ensuring Memorial’s new Indigenous research consent process meets the needs of researchers and communities. These sessions are hosted by Dr. Max Liboiron, associate vice-president (Indigenous Research) pro tempore on behalf of the Office of the Vice-President (Research).

Besides the previously announced dates for information sessions, the VPR Office will host another session to allow for remote participation via BlueJeans. To join the session online via Blue Jeans on February 13, 2019, 10-11:30 a.m., please send an email to
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Insights from the Feminist Fisheries Writing Bootcamp
18-20 January 2019 | Memorial University of Newfoundland
The Feminist Fisheries Writing Bootcamp organized by the Ocean Frontier Institute proposed to bring together OFI and other relevant scholars in St. John’s and globally, whose research focuses on gendered aspects of fisheries and aquaculture. The proposal aligned with OFI Module I, and Module M which highlight the significance of understanding social processes shaping ocean environments and their use, including understanding how these processes are gendered. The objective of the boot camp was threefold: 1) to bring together scholars who are researching gender in fisheries in order to create a strong network within this area of expertise closely linked to OFI; 2) to provide a constructive and productive environment to work on writing up research, literature, policy and other reviews with a gender and fisheries focus; and 3) to allow gender and fisheries focused OFI and other researchers to develop a plan for a session at the upcoming MARE 2019 conference in Amsterdam that could form the basis of a special issue in an agreed upon journal.
The Writing Bootcamp was held on January 18-20, 2019 at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Thirteen people attended, including masters and Ph.D. students, postdoctoral fellows, professors, and one person from a community organization. Remote participants were calling in from Switzerland, Brazil, Vancouver, and Corner Brook. According to the organizer, Dr. Christine Knott, the Bootcamp event worked well to create a space for researchers to come together and explore gaps and similarities in research on a global scale and strengthen the foundation for more gendered-informed work within OFI. The feedback from participants was very positive and everyone was interested in participating in similar boot camps in the future. This model would work well for large groups of people writing on similar topics, joint papers, or just who need a shared space and time to participate in structured writing.
Released in January 2019 by the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, the report 'Sustainable Fishing Families: Developing Industry Human Capital through Health, Wellbeing, Safety and Resilience' includes the results of the first national survey of health, safety and wellbeing of Australian commercial fishers.

Download here
Opportunities with OFI Module I

Master’s Fellowship in Gender and Fisheries
Applications are invited for a master’s fellowship studying gender and fisheries, with a special focus on
dynamics of recruitment, training and retention. Click here to learn more.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Labour, Fisheries and Coastal Communities
Applications are invited for a postdoctoral fellowship to examine labour, fisheries and coastal communities, with a focus on recruitment, training and retention in fisheries. Click here to learn more.
Apply now
Other opportunities 

Master's Programs in Coastal Studies in Iceland
The University Centre of the Westfjords in Ísafjörður, Iceland offers two programs in Coastal Studies open to students with diverse academic and professional backgrounds.

Application deadlines:

  • February 15: Non-EU/EEA citizens
  • April 15: EU/EEA citizens
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