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-).


July 2021 - The xPress Pearl case study

In June 2021, the X-Press Pearl, a large container ship caught fire and sunk off the Colombo harbor in Sri Lanka. The accident took place just outside one the major bio-diversity sites, the lagoon of Negombo, and in an important fishing area, creating great disruption and concern. The ship carried oil, plastics, heavy metals, acids, and other chemicals that were spilled out at sea. Students and researchers affiliated to our research project NorLanka Blue started a case study and an outreach initiative called PEARL-IN-BLUE. On this site, we want to publish short popular-scientific chronicles about different aspects of ecology and pollution, remediation, socio-economic impact, law, and risk management relevant to this type of accidents. If you are a student, researcher, professional or technical staff anywhere in the world and have interest and knowledge about these topics, please take contact with our editors. Sharing your knowledge in a simple chronicle is a great contribution, not only here but in similar emergency situations around the globe.

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 th