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For a network of researchers specialised in Straits issues

Published the 11 March 2015

The European Straits Initiative seeks to connect researchers with an interest in straits issues, particularly in the context of European projects.


The European Straits Initiative is more than just a network of 19 local authorities bordering straits in Europe. Using the NOSTRA (Network Of STRAits) method, it comprises a network of local actors from different backgrounds on each of the straits. These include universities and research centres, which play an important role in fuelling debate and provide scientific evidence about the specific characteristics of straits. This ensures that decisions taken by public authorities are based on robust data and advice.


While universities and research centres provide important assistance to European Straits Initiative partners, they may also benefit from direct interaction and exchange within the framework of the European Straits Initiative. Various networks and cooperation arrangements between European universities and research centres are already in place, and it may be beneficial to seek synergies with existing initiatives. Eventually, this could lead to the creation of a network of European straits researchers, covering various straits-related fields (oceanography, environment, climate change, tourism, promotion of natural and cultural heritage, marine spatial planning and integrated coastal zone management, transport and logistics, law, history, geography, politics, and cross-border cooperation).

If you are a university or research centre located on the shores of a strait (ESI partner or not), or if straits are an area of research interest for you, please get in touch with us. Enclosed is a list of universities and research centres (to be completed) within an interest in straits issues.


The EUBORDERREGIONS project (2011-2015 – €3.4 million, including €2.6 million of EU funding), with the University of Eastern Finland as lead partner, issued its final report in early 2015. The study covered European border regions, including straits within the ESI network (Strait of Sicily) and straits that may join the ESI network in the future (Strait of Gibraltar).


The HERA programme

The Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria (partner of the province of Reggio Calabria, ESI partner from the Strait of Messina) is seeking links with ESI network universities and research centres with a view to submitting a project under the HERA programme (Humanities in the European Research Area). Please contact Ms Alessandra Barresi, urban planning researcher at the Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria:


The Erasmus plus programme

The Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria also wishes to submit a project on straits under the Erasmus plus European programme for education, training, youth and sport: Key Action 2 Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices - strategic partnerships in the field of education, training and youth. The idea is to create a University network as an itinerant laboratory to develop certain topics as the urban and maritime dimensions of straits. Please read the projects summary herein attached.




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