Department of Planning


The legacy of IFM - Innovative Fisheries Management

Centre for Blue Governance builds on the values and outstanding reputation of the research centre Innovative Fisheries Management (IFM) for social scientific expertise, analysis, and advice in international fisheries and marine governance. Founded in 1994, IFM began as an independent social scientific research and advisory institute working in fisheries management and coastal community development. In 2007, IFM merged with Aalborg University (AAU), becoming a research centre within the Department of Planning, with an expanded research focus beyond fisheries management to include other maritime sectors and issues of marine governance. This expansion has led to a new articulation of the group as Centre for Blue Governance in 2019. Centre for Blue Governance encompasses and promotes the social science and policy expertise and interests developed and held by IFM.