Knowledge Integration and Blue Futures

About us

The Research Group CRAFT leads research activities integrating various disciplinary perspectives and academic/non-academic knowledge, aiming to provide science, solutions, and advice for societal, industrial, and political adaptation to complex future challenges in the marine and coastal areas. The keywords of the the group are critical futures thinking, inter-/transdisciplinarity, and new technologies and competences in the Blue Sector.

CRAFT is a member of the Norwegian Forum for Autonomous Ships (NFAS), the Ocean Autonomy Cluster (OAC), and the European Social Simulation Association (ESSA).

Research Group leader: Melania Borit.



Capacity building through postgraduate education and research collaboration in fisheries, nutrition, livelihoods, gender and rights in Tanzania (NORAD, 2021-2027).

Education and training for ethical designers of responsible Artificial Intelligence (Umeå University, 2021-).

Service design thinking to improve welfare and product quality in the Norwegian small-scale fishing fleet (Research Council of Norway, 2020-2023).

Nor-Lanka Blue
Network in Aquatic Innovation, Norway-Sri-Lanka (DIKU, 2019-2023).

Size-spectra in marine eco-systems (PhD project)
A statistical and modelling analysis of how marine ecosystems have changed and may change in the future (UiT, 2018-).

Serious Games as a Research Device for Sustainable Resource Management (PhD project)
A combination of games and agent-based models to involve society in decision-making processes (UiT, 2018-).

Towards assessing mental models of fisheries (PhD project)
An analysis of how fisheries are conceptualized and understood by the general public (EU-H2020-MSCA-ITN-ETN, 2015-).


June 2021 - CRAFT Research Lab joins the Norwegian Forum for Autonomous Ships!

The Norwegian Forum for Autonomous Ships (NFAS) is an interest group for persons or organizations that are interested in the subject of autonomous ships, as well as other autonomous and maritime applications of the technology. As a NFAS member, CRAFT will contribute to the development of common Norwegian strategies for use of autonomous ships (e.g. e.g. research and innovation strategies, rules and approval principles and national test facilities).

May 2021 - CRAFT Research Lab has joined the Ocean Autonomy Cluster!

The Ocean Autonomy Cluster is Norway’s leading hub for expertise on ocean autonomy. Consisting of both companies and R&D institutions, the cluster combines research and technological development, suppliers of technology, components and systems, as well as forward-leaning investors. Through cooperation, the cluster’s participants pursue safer, more efficient and precise operations at sea, contributing to a more sustainable use of the world’s oceans. CRAFT members are looking forward to contribute to the activities of the cluster with their interdisciplinary, critical futures thinking perspective.

April 2021 - NORHED II funds for marine collaboration in Tanzania

UiT, through the CRAFT Research Lab, is the coordinator of "SAMAKI: Fisheries, nutrition, livelihoods, gender and rights in Tanzania". The project's main aim is to build capacity through postgraduate education and research collaboration. An overarching interdisciplinary and holistic approach will integrate five specialised components, which include fisheries (especially small-scale fisheries), nutrition (micronutrients from small fishes), livelihoods (incomes and food security), gender (women's rights and gender equality) and rights (including human rights and governance), the project has multiple partners from Tanzania, Zanzibar, and Norway.

March 2021 - EEA funds for Blue activities in Portugal

The CRAFT Research Lab is part of a Portuguese-Norwegian consortium that has just been awarded funds to renovate a heritage building in the city of Sesimbra, Portugal. The infrastructure will be used as a cultural gallery, (visitable) storage of maritime artefacts, and a boat building workshop. Our group will be involved in promoting capacity building in fisheries for the Portuguese partners and stakeholders and building a student-led interactive exhibition on the Futures of Fisheries and Coasts. The project is a collaboration between the municipality of Sesimbra, two faculties at the UiT (BFE and UMAK) and the Norwegian Maritime Museum, which is competing for the European Museum of the Year Award.

March 2021 - Welcome to a festival of social simulation!

The CRAFT Research Lab is co-organiser of the Social Simulation Fest 2021. Besides bringing their contribution to the organisation of the entire week, Melania and Timo are involved in four special tracks. As co-chair of the track on games and agent-based models, Timo is very happy with the turnout: "Almost 70 participants logged in our session! This high participation reflects the trend of games increasingly being used as a research tool in social simulation."

February 2021 - CRAFT is born!

The CRAFT Research Lab was created in February 2021 after an initative by Jorge Santos and Melania Borit, who have a background in biology and law respectively. Their goal is to grow a lively and diverse meeting place for those interested in the future of the Blue Sector. "Although we are a science-based group and often work with fishery topics, we are looking forward to collaborate with people from other domains, such as urban developers, writers, cooks, or teachers", says Jorge. According to Melania, "the important thing is that we keep an open mind and create ideas together".


The CRAFT Research Lab announces grants for students (Bachelor’s and Master’s) and PhD candidates interested in training and/or research related to the core topics of the lab: inter/transdisciplinarity, transformative research, or futures perspective, all in the context of marine and coastal development. The grants are of up to 5 000 nok, but, if there are good reasons, one can apply for more.

Interested persons must submit an application of max 500 words explaining: 1) how the training/research is related to the core topics of the lab (as indicated above); 2) how the grant  contributes to the development of the applicant; and 3) how the money will be used (e.g. participation fee for course/conference/workshop; travel and/or accommodation for conference/workshop/course; membership in an association; research and/or training material etc.).

There is no application deadline; incoming applications will be processed continuously.

Requests for information and applications can be sent to melania [-dot-] borit [-at-] uit [-dot-] no.


IFM Club
Growing organisational skills through practice in a real-world context (2017-present).

Inovative teaching and learning in fisheries and aquaculture (2016-2019).

A digital storyline roleplaying game with the aim of training media and communication students in tasks relevant for their later jobs (2015-2016).

Simulated Internship in a Virtual Environment (SIVIR)
Preparing students for real life: learning modelling and data analysis through virtual internship in fisheries management (2015-2016).


Here we will announce Master's and PhD graduations.

In the media

03.03.2021 - Nor-Lanka Blue

– Korona kunne ikke stoppe oss!

Sulakkana og Shobiya fra Sri Lanka er to heldige utvekslingsstudenter som fikk komme til UiT i koronatiden.

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