The LoVeSeSDG-PhD aims to explore how to localize the United Nations 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for Norway in ways that are legitimate, salient, and credible. The PhD project will investigate the localization of specific SDGs relevant for coastal planning by identifying transformational pathways that can contribute to evidence-informed coastal management policy for local case studies. To achieve this, the project will adapt existing quantitative and qualitative research methodologies from the disciplines of marine and coastal ecology, fisheries management, coastal socioeconomics, sustainability science, political science, network theory, and organizational theory. The LoVeSeSDG-PhD project will demonstrate how transdisciplinary coastal management can act as a vehicle through which the localization of the SDGs can occur. The results of the project will inform managers and decision-makers on the best practices for anchoring sustainability thinking into policy-making at the local level, and linking these efforts with Norway’s commitments to the global SDGs, in particular goals 13 (climate adaptation) and 14 (life below water). Ultimately, these experiences will help inform and contribute to the post-2030 Agenda.