Exploring blue economy capabilities and opportunities for collaboration


Dear expert,

The scope of this survey is to map research and innovation competencies and capabilities in the blue economy and explore opportunities for collaboration to advance the growth of this sector. This survey is being distributed amongst the 6 universities of the European University of the Seas (SEA-EU) alliance and their associated partners. The alliance is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme and comprises the following university partners: University of Cadiz, University of Bretagne Occidentale, University of Gdansk, University of Kiel, University of Malta and University of Split. The outcomes of the survey will enable us to identify opportunities to establish concrete and fruitful collaborations amongst our partner universities.

Key terms used:

The blue economy encompasses economic activities based on or related to the oceans, seas and coasts (EC, 2020). In this survey, we explore collaboration in the blue economy in aspects of education/teaching, research and innovation.

Collaboration is understood to occur between entities located in different regions of the same country or between regions located in different countries. 

Regions are territorial units that have established administrative units with identifiable governing structures or aggregations of such units and are normally used for application of regional development policy. For example, these include 'government regions or districts' in Germany; 'regions (regiony) and voivodeships' in Poland; 'comunidades autonomas' in Spain; 'regions' in France, 'regioni' in Italy; 'provinces' in The Netherlands etc. For some nations such as Malta, the country level is considered.

Technical details:

The survey takes up to 30 minutes to complete. We are collecting responses up to the 16th of May 2021

You can save and continue the survey at the later stage.

This survey is part of an ongoing research initiative led by the University of Malta and the University of Split. Inquires may be addressed to PI: Lisa Pace at lisa.a.pace@um.edu.mt

All your responses will be anonymized and all data will be kept confidential and GDPR-compliant. Only aggregate responses will be used and only traceable to the institution or organisation. The data will be used for research purposes only. Your participation in this survey is voluntary. You may refuse to take part in the research or exit the survey at any time without penalty. Any personal data retrieved through this research will be treated as confidential and will not be published anywhere or shared to anyone other than internal team members during the implementation of the research. All personal data will be deleted within 90 days after the research ends. Results of this research will be published. Giving your consent in taking part in this survey, you give consent to the details of the research process described above.

Thank you in advance for your participation!