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Interdisciplinary approaches can have great impact in research that specifically aims to influence policy – where gaining the attention of politicians and the voting public is important. On the one hand, impressive figures showing how important fishing/aquaculture/marine conservation is to regional economies can be very effective. On the other hand, equally effective are narratives and images of the families working in those sectors, their roles in the fabric of rural communities and the food cultures arising from seafood production. When you can bring both together you have a potent pool of knowledge for enriching debates on how best to use the natural resources needed for fishing and aquaculture. This presentation is based on work I have been doing since 2014, in Australia, Indonesia and the Solomon Islands to evaluate the social and economic contributions fisheries and aquaculture make to communities. I will talk about what methods we used and how we mixed them, and give examples from our ethnographic research – the stories of people we interviewed for these projects.

Event details of Numbers and stories: interdisciplinary research in fisheries management
Date 27 November 2019
Time 12:35 -13:35
Kate Barclay Whos in Town

Prof. dr. Kate Barclay is Professor of Global Studies at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). She works on the social aspects of fisheries, aquaculture and marine conservation. She has had several projects evaluating social and economic contributions seafood producing industries make to their communities. Another long-running interest has been analysing the governance of fisheries; formal government policies as well as market structures and normative cultural influences. Her research areas cover Australia, Japan, Papua New Guinea, China, Indonesia and Solomon Islands. Her key service activities include working with fisheries agencies in Pacific Island countries to improve gender equality and social inclusion in their work, and with the New South Wales government on multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral management of the marine estate.

Location: Common Room
Amsterdam University College
Science Park 113, 1098XG Amsterdam
Convenor:  Dr. Marianne Riphagen