Future Ocean and Coastal Infrastructures - FOCI

We are linked closely to the ocean through natural infrastructures like coastlines, sea currents and fish habitats, physical/built infrastructures such as ports, vessels and navigation technology, and societal infrastructures such as seafood markets, marine shipping regulations and cultural traditions and knowledge of coastal communities. Climate and ocean ecosystem changes are interacting with the changing built and societal infrastructures on which we rely. Coupled with extreme weather, coastal erosion, sea level rise, and more, these changes are creating new risks and challenges for the ocean industries and coastal communities that link us to the ocean. Researchers on the Future Ocean and Coastal Infrastructures project are re-thinking the way we design, develop, and manage infrastructures, with an overarching aim to ensure the designs of our future infrastructures are sustainable, safe and inclusive. 

About the research

Researchers will:

  • Execute transdisciplinary research and work with coastal communities to creatively design, regenerate and adapt ocean and coastal industry/community infrastructures in preparation for future environmental and social change
  • Focus on co-designing infrastructures with the potential to enhance equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Look for innovative infrastructure designs that support sustainability and improved safety
  • Create opportunities for communities and industries to explore ocean and coastal change challenges and to engage with infrastructure design processes, including with Indigenous groups, different genders, youth, seniors, people with disabilities and rural and urban dwellers

Principal Investigators:

Dr. Paul Foley (Memorial University, Environmental Policy Institute, Grenfell Campus)

Dr. Lorenzo Moro (Memorial University, Department of Ocean and Naval Architectural Engineering)

Work Package Leads: 

Lorenzo Moro (Memorial University, Department of Ocean and Naval Architectural Engineering) – WP1.

Joel Finnis (Memorial University, Department of Geography) – WP2.

Robert Brown (Memorial University, Marine Institute) – WP3

Max Liboiron (Memorial University, Department of Geography) and Ken Paul (Assembly of First Nations) – WP4

Paul Foley(Memorial University, Environmental Policy Institute, Grenfell Campus) – WP5

Howard Ramos (Dalhousie University, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology) –  WP6

Natalie Slawinski (Memorial University, Faculty of Business Administration) – WP7

Kim Cullen (Memorial University, School of Human Kinetics and Recreation) – WP8

Nicole Power (Memorial University, Department of Sociology) – WP9

Robert Stephenson(Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and University of New Brunswick, Department of Biology) and Paul Foley (Memorial University, Environmental Policy Institute, Grenfell Campus) – IWP1

Joel Finnis (Memorial University, Department of Geography) – IWP2

Mark Stoddart (Memorial University, Department of Sociology) – IWP3

Barbara Neis (Memorial University, Department of Sociology) – IWP4


  • Memorial University MUN
  • Dalhousie University DAL
  • American Bureau of Shipping ABS
  • Association for New Canadians ANC
  • Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency ACOA
  • Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat APCFNC
  • Bonavista Historic Townscape Foundation BHTF
  • Bonne Bay Cottage Hospital Heritage Corporation BBCHHC
  • Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation, University of Cambridge CSI
  • Centre for Local Prosperity CLP
  • Centre for Marine Socioecology CMS
  • Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy CRWDP
  • Choices for Youth CFY
  • City of Corner Brook CCB
  • City of St. John's, Public Work CSJ
  • Coast and Ocean Risk Communication Community of Practice CORC CoP
  • Collaborative Centre for Coastal Studies, University of New Brunswick CCCS-UNB
  • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization CSIRO
  • Conservation Corps Newfoundland and Labrador CCNL
  • Corner Brook Investments Limited Partnership CBILP
  • Department of Industrial Engineering, Dalhousie University DAL-DIE
  • Ecology Action Centre EAC
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada ECCC
  • Environmental Policy Group, Wageningen University & Research, WUR
  • Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Memorial University MUN FEAS
  • Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa UO
  • Faculty of Science and Technology, UiT - The Arctic University of Norway
  • Fishing for Success
  • FRAMSynt FRAMSynt
  • Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Department of Children,
  • Seniors and Social Development Disability Policy Office
  • Happy Valley Goose Bay Housing and Homelessness Coalition HVGB-CAB
  • The Harris Centre HC
  • Homarus Inc. HOMARUS
  • Inspiring Communities IC
  • Lobster Node Inc. LN
  • Maersk Supply Services MSS
  • Manuels River Natural Heritage Society Inc. MRNHS
  • McGill, Sustainable Canada Dialogues SCD
  • Mi’kmaq Confederacy of Prince Edward Island, Integrated Resource Management Directorate
  • Morag Loves Company MORAG
  • MUN Active Site Project MUN ASP
  • MUN Bonne Bay Marine Station BBMS
  • MUN Botanical Garden MUNBG
  • MUN Center for Social Enterprise CSE
  • MUN Environmental Policy Institute EPI
  • MUN John Paton Lewis funds JPL
  • MUN Marketing and Communication, Grenfell Campus MARCOMM
  • MUN Office of the Associate Vice-President (Grenfell Campus) Research and Graduate Studies
  • MUN School of Fine Arts, Grenfell Campus MUNSFA
  • MUN School of Music MUNSM
  • MUN School of Science and the Environment MUNSSE
  • Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador MNL
  • National Research Council – Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering NRC-OCRE
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Fish Harvesting Safety Association NL-FHSA
  • Nova Scotia Environment NSE
  • Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators Association NSWOOA
  • Nunavut Fisheries Association NFA
  • Ocean Choice International OCI
  • Ocean School Ocean Sch.
  • Ocean Sonics Ltd. Ocean Sonics
  • Oceanex Oceanex
  • PAL Airlines PAL
  • Perceptions of Change Project (Dalhousie University) PCP-DAL
  • Public Legal Information Association of NL PLIAN
  • Qalipu First Nation QALIPU
  • RIKON Research Centre, Waterford Institute of Technology WIT RIKON
  • Rural Future Research Centre (Dalhousie University) RFRC-DAL
  • Seafarers’ International Union of Canada SIU
  • Ship Noise and Vibration Laboratory, University of Trieste NVL
  • Shipping Federation of Canada SFC
  • Shorefast
  • Social Justice Co-Operative of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • St. John's Status of Women Council SJWC
  • The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq CMM
  • Town of Portugal Cove St. Philips PCSP
  • Transport Canada TC
  • Tuckamore Festival TF
  • Unama'ki Institute of Natural Resources UINR
  • Wood Canada Limited, Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions WOOD
  • World Maritime University WMU