Thematic Focus

EU‐CONEXUS has chosen a focus on urban and semi‐urban coastlines because they are increasingly densely populated areas and very important for trade, aquaculture and fisheries, energy, tourism. At the same time, these coastlines are the most vulnerable areas with regard to the consequences of climate change.

Universities and research institutions have a central role to play in promoting the “Blue Economy” and “Blue Growth”. But a new approach is needed with regard to the organization of studies and research in order to reflect the complexity of the problems and opportunities facing urban coastal environments.