The Center for the Blue Economy mission is to promote a sustainable ocean and coastal economy (the Blue Economy) through leadership in research, education, and analysis.
The Center for the Blue Economy is based at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and is closely affiliated with the Institute’s Master of Arts in International Environmental Policy and its Ocean and Coastal Resource Management specialization. The Center provides students with research opportunities, funded summer fellowships, and a lecture series that brings creative, pragmatic, and practice-based ocean professionals to campus.
What is the “Blue Economy”?
The “Blue Economy” comprises the economic activities that create sustainable wealth from the world’s oceans and coasts. The Center examines ways that ocean and coastal resources can support economic development and enhance healthy oceans and well-managed coastlines, the foundations for long-term human welfare and prosperity.
Center for the Blue Economy research focuses on two areas: helping organizations understand how to measure the size and changing nature of economic relationships with the oceans and coasts in order to guide choices and monitor progress, and the economics of climate change adaptation in coastal regions.