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IFM-AAU is a research centre within Aalborg University specializing in social and economic research and the provision of advisory services in marine management and coastal community development. IFM-AAU’s research focuses on governance and development issues in relation to fisheries and coastal communities.

Contribution to the project: AAU-IFM will contribute to WPs 1, 3 and 5 by carrying out, analyzing and interpreting governance interviews and analysis. Further, IFM-AAU will contribute to the social impact assessment in the Baltic and Western waters regions.

Description of PIs involved in the project:

  • Jesper Raakjær, professor and head of IFM, PhD (1992) and DSc (2009) from Aalborg University, has extensive experience in the conservation and management of marine living resources and a long and diverse publication record. He is an experienced senior level manager and strategic planner, with diverse diplomatic and overseas experience, and is a practised speaker and contributor to high-level international meetings. He has been involved in numerous international research projects undertaking institutional analysis of fisheries and marine governance, in particular the application of ecosystem based fisheries and marine management, user/stakeholder participation, legitimacy and compliance both in a developed and developing country context. His present major task is to head the governance components of the two FP7 projects MEFEPO and ODEMM. Besides his academic carrier he has extensive practical experience first working as a professional fisher, later by serving on Board of Directors for Danish pelagic fish processing companies. He is presently an ExCom member of the EU Pelagic Regional Advisory Committee, representing the EU Fish Processors Association (AIPCE).
  • Maria Hadjimichael, Postdoctoral researcher in IFM, got her PhD in 2010 from Bangor University in Wales, U.K. where she looked into the Human dimension of the European fisheries governance: the north/south divide. She has research experience in Europe (U.K., Denmark, Spain, Cyprus and Greece), Chile and the U.S.A. in both quantitative and qualitative research methods. Her main focus in research is with a political ecology focus, particularly looking in the governance of common property resources, especially marine and fisheries. She has been / is involved in the governance components of other FP7 projects such as ODEMM, SOCIOEC and GAP2. She has been a trainee at DG MARE twice, once during her PhD and once as an official trainee and she is also involved on a voluntary basis with Nireas, a marine NGO in Cyprus and in number of campaigning initiatives on environmental and social issues.

flagsThe research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7 /2007-2013) under grant agreement no 289257. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the European Union cannot be held responsible for any use which maybe made of the information contained therein.