Transformation of small-scale fisheries — critical transdisciplinary challenges and possibilities
2016 (English)In: Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, ISSN 1877-3435, E-ISSN 1877-3443, Vol. 20, 26-31 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
One way to confront the global marginalisation of small-scale fisheries (SSF) is to support a sustainable transformation of these coastal communities. In 2014/15, a network of researchers and SSF communities from four countries cooperated in a transdisciplinary research approach to examine governance shifts, fish stock collapses, power structures, future visions and transformation strategies. We combined a political ecology approach with transformation theory to: (i) consider how local context is affected by structural changes and (ii) identify place-based transformational strategies for each case. The global emergence of large-scale fisheries and associated free markets appeared as key factors negatively affecting SSF and coastal sustainability. Through envisioning exercises and context dependent analysis, SSF communities articulated possible and actual strategies towards sustainability that will require ongoing support.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 20, 26-31 p.
Political ecology, Real Utopias. Small-scale fisheries, Territorial Use Rights for Fisheries, coastal sustainability, transdisciplinary research cooperation
Other Social Sciences
Research subject Natural Resources and Sustainable Development
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-294881DOI: 10.1016/j.cosust.2016.04.005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-294881DiVA: diva2:931678
ProjectsISSC: Transformations to Sustainability Programme
ISSC's Transformations to Sustainability Programme is funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and serves as a contribution to Future Earth. Supplementary support for seed grants is provided by the Swedish Secretariat for Environmental Earth System Sciences (SSEESS), the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) UK through the Newton Fund and the National Research Foundation of South Africa.2016-05-302016-05-302016-05-30Bibliographically approved