Sea and Maritime Studies in the University of Turku

Sea and Maritime Studies is one of the six areas in the Strategy of the University of Turku. It constitutes a nationally and internationally unique profile, integrating research on existing and emerging topics related to marine and coastal nature, economies and cultures. It builds on the multidisciplinary strengths of the university and brings them into a joint profiling area.

Sea and maritime studies consists of the aquatic and environmental studies, combined with research and training in logistics, shipbuilding, port development, maritime law and cultural studies.

Sea and Maritime Studies is rooted in our long-term research history and excellent research infrastructures in the coastal region of the SW Finland. Here, the unique archipelago environment, long-term settlement history, and diverse marine and maritime sectors are combined. This has provided empirical data for several disciplines for decades.


Major Fields of Research





  • The effects of the global climate and sea level changes on marine, coastal and fluvial environments
  • Environmental monitoring, planning and conservation
  • Coastal Zone Management and Marine Spatial Planning
  • Digitalization in maritime context – shipping and marine industry
  • Maritime industry value creation, servitization and business growth strategies
  • Shipping, ports and maritime logistics
  • Contractual governance in maritime industries
  • New applied technologies
  • Cultural heritage and sustainability
  • Human–nature interaction
  • Marine and coastal history
  • Sea, imagination and human experience
  • Relationship between local and global




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