Oceans Apart:  understanding competing values and visions for fisheries and aquaculture development and marine conservation.

The schism between traditional ‘wilderness conservation’ and the utilitarian ‘new conservation’ has its analogues in the sea, where large marine protected areas and marine spatial planning represent wilderness and resource management viewpoints on ocean governance. Debates on the relative roles of communal, state and private control of coastal and ocean spaces and resources are shaping investments in fisheries governance reform, the creation of large marine protected areas and marine spatial planning.

Current research is centered on examining the processes and outcomes of fisheries governance reforms and integrated conservation and development programmes.  We are interested in applying discourse analysis, the study of policy diffusion, and of networks of influence in marine affairs.  Our approach is informed by political ecology and political economy analysis.



Under construction. 


Current student projects

Rebecca Singleton (PhD, University of British Columbia, Fisheries Centre) -  Human Rights, Fisheries Development and NGOs in Madagascar’s Marine Conservation and Fisheries Sector  (Committee Chair:  Professor Rashid Sumaila)

Karen Villeda (MMA, SMEA) - Towards an inclusive FIP model: bringing FIPs to scale

Emily Crigler (MMA, SMEA) - Sub-contracting on the sea: charter arrangements in the Western and Central Pacific


former Student projects

Wataru Tanoue (MMA, SMEA) – Catch share programs for Japanese fisheries 

Christopher Giordano (MMA, SMEA) – Equity outcomes of ITQ fisheries 

Alexander Tanz (MMA, SMEA) – Institutional barriers to ecosystem-based fisheries management in the US 


Selected publications

Kittinger, J. N., Teh, L. C., Allison, E. H., Bennett, N. J., Crowder, L. B., Finkbeiner, E. M., ... & Young, J. (2017). Committing to socially responsible seafood. Science, 356(6341), 912-913.

Allison, E.H. and H.R. Bassett (2015). Climate change in the oceans: Human impacts and responses. Science, 350(6262): 778-782.

Ratner, B.D., Åsgård, B., Allison, E.H. (2014). Fishing for justice: human rights, development, and fisheries sector reform.  Global Environmental Change, 27: 120-13

Ratner, B.D and Allison, E.H. (2012). Wealth, rights, and resilience: An agenda for governance reform in small-scale fisheries. Development Policy Review, 30(4): 371-398

Béné, C., B. Hersoug, and E. H. Allison (2010). Not by rent alone: analyzing the pro-poor functions of small-scale fisheries in developing countries.  Development Policy Review, 28(3): 325-358