Aalborg University - Innovative Fisheries Management (AAU-IFM)


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AAU-IFM is an Aalborg University Research Centre affiliated to the Department of Development and Planning under the Faculty of Engineering and Science. AAU-IFM specialises in social scientific research and advisory services in fisheries management and coastal community development. AAU-IFM has a particular focus on questions of governance within an ecosystem-based approach to marine management. The current research interests focus on fisheries co-management, the social aspects of the knowledge base for marine management, social impact assessments, and the regional perspective on coastal community development.


AAU-IFM will primarily be involved in WP4, but directly involved in four of the case-studies.

Description of Personnel involved in the project

Jesper Raakjær, professor and head of AAU-IFM, PhD (1992) and Doctor of Science (2009) from Aalborg University. He has been involved in numerous international research projects focusing on institutional aspects of fisheries management including eco-system approach, 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 chairing the Pelagic group within the Danish Seafood Association and is ExCom member of the EU Pelagic Regional Advisory Committee, representing the EU Fish Processors Association (AIPCE).

Søren Quist Eliasen, Senior Researcher, M.Soc.Sc. (Geography) and PhD, University of Roskilde 2001. Dr. Eliasen is an economic geographer specialised in organisational, institutional and technological innovation in the fisheries sector. His present research focus is on selective fishing and by-catch avoidance. He was WP leader of the Danish funded research project IMPSEL (Implementation of more selective and protective fisheries in Denmark) and presently heading the WP on socio-economic and institutional incentives for discarding for the Badminton project. In the past he has participated in the two FP6 projects CEVIS and IMAGE.

Troels Jacob Hegland, PhD Student. He holds a Master of Science (European Studies) from Aalborg University 2004 and is specialised in the institutional and governance aspects of the CFP. He has also done work on the scientific knowledge base underlying the CFP. He wrote his Master Thesis in 2004 on the political processes around the reform of the basic framework regulation, which entered into force 1 January 2003. He has since then been employed at IFM-AAU where he has worked on numerous FP6 and FP7 projects. He is presently part of MEFEPO and doing a PhD within the topic of ecosystem based management, regionalisation and governance reform.

flagsThe research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7 / 2007-2013) under grant agreement no. 289192. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the European Union cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.