Anticipated innovations for the blue economy: Crowdsourced predictions for the North Sea Region

Matthew J. Spaniol*, Nicholas J. Rowland

*Corresponding author

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The mission policy approach to the sustainable blue economy has identified as critical the ability to anticipate the emergence of a wide range of feasible innovations as they enter the transactional environment of organizations in the marine and maritime sector. This article contributes to that growing effort by harnessing the wisdom of the crowd and presents more than 60 crowdsourced, time-specific innovation forecasts expected to impact maritime, shipbuilding, ports, offshore wind, and ocean infrastructure. Data were collected in 2020 by the EU-funded Interreg VB PERISCOPE Project, a North Sea Region initiative to catalyze transregional innovation. The results can be used strategically to develop collaborative, transregional planning and policy for innovation based on data reflecting public expectations for the future. Years from now, this article can also act as a snapshot of public expectations at the onset of the decade.
TidsskriftMarine Policy
Sider (fra-til)104874
StatusUdgivet - mar. 2022


  • crowdsourcing
  • forecasting
  • innovation
  • missions
  • ocean infrastructure
  • Offshore wind power
  • ports
  • shipbuilding
  • sustainable blue economy
  • wisdom of the crowd

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