The Sea and Maritime Studies profile is founded on the extensive multidisciplinary research of the University of Turku. It involves research and education on marine, coastal, and river environments as well as on the culture, communities, and livelihood in these areas. Considering the maritime transport, economic efficiency, climate change, and the requirements of sustainable development have an impact on ships, ports, and international relations and legislation in the Baltic Sea and Arctic regions.
We encourage cross-disciplinary co-operation and the new openings and ideas of research and education. The close collaboration between the higher education institutions in Southwest Finland is also connected to more extensive national and international networks.
The knowledge produced in the basic research concerning the dynamics and changes in the environment, economy and human societies is applied to the faculties’ teaching and to attain the UN sustainable development goals. Examples of research topics include natural processes and environmental changes in the Baltic Sea, marine and coastal history, autonomous shipping, and digitalisation in the maritime industries.
Research groups and departments
Archipelago Research Institute, Marine field station at the island of Seili
Department of Biology
Centre for Evolutionary Applications
Experimental Evolution Research Group
Anttila lab – Research Group on Environmental Physiology and Cardiovascular Physiology
Department of Geography and Geology
Fluvial and Coastal Research Group
Lake and Marine Sediment Research Group
Research at Molecular Plant Biology