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Victoria Dowokpo

In her master project she studies The impacts of the oil and gas industry on the livelihoods of men and women working in the fisheries: A study of Shama, Ghana.

The Department of Geography offers a wide range of courses that provides insightful explanations to geographical thinking.

Master Project

The recent discovery of oil and gas in Ghana has sparked high development and economic expectations in various sectors of the Ghanaian economy. The fisheries sector is no exception. Since fishing and oil exploration are intertwined in complex relationships, there have been speculations that the exploration and production of oil and gas may likely promote economic, social, environmental and cultural changes within the various fishing communities. These changes can be positive or negative. My master project therefore seeks to explore the impacts the oil and gas exploration has on the livelihoods of men and women working in the fisheries. The area of study is Shama, a coastal town located about 20 kilometers east away from Takoradi, the new oil city.

Field Work

Experiences from field work were a mixture of excitement and adventure. I traveled to new places and participated in various activities. In all, the field work facilitated my ability to understand theoretical studies though practical experiences.

Study Geography in Bergen

The department of geography offers a wide range of courses that provides insightful explanations to geographical thinking. Courses such as “Critical Perspective on Environment and Development” provide a platform to discuss developmental issues from different perspectives, broadening one’s scope of knowledge about development. Most of the courses enable students to think critically as well as sharpening your writing skills.

With excellent educational facilities, ever willing to help lecturers, a rich and culturally diverse environment, I would recommend new and prospective students to prepare for an exciting educational journey at UIB!

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