Fisheries Conflict Research Consortium - Members

Members of Fisheries Conflict Research



Godfred Ameyaw Asiedu

Independent Researcher
Godfred's research investigates fish resource use conflicts, governance and management conflicts, conflicts within fisheries, conflicts between fisheries and oil and gas, and effectiveness of management mechanisms in Ghana. He is also interested in Applied Political Economy Analysis for fisheries reforms in Ghana.
Keywords: Small-scale fisheries, science, governance, management, law, policy, institutions


Dyhia Belhabib

Senior Director​ - Ecotrust Canada
Dyhia's research focuses on the human and economic dimensions of fisheries and the geography of environmental crimes. She also works on First Nations fisheries.
Keywords:  Fisheries, environmental crimes, economy, food security, indigenous fisheries, sustainable development


Johan Bergenas

Independent Researcher - Vulcan Inc.
Johan's work focuses on environmental and national security issues, as well as the role technology and innovation plays to make the world a better place.
Keywords: Geopolitics; maritime security; transnational organized crime; trafficking; illicit markets; environmental security; technology; public-private sector partnerships​


Laura Burroughs

Program Specialist ​- Secure Fisheries, One Earth Future
Laura focuses on how inclusive fisheries management can promote community resilience and reduce fisheries conflict, primarily in the Somali region.
Keywords: Community resilience, gender and fisheries, food security, Somalia


Anna Butchart

PhD Student/Futurist - University of Hawaii at Manoa
Anna is a political scientist and futurist. Her research explores the role of fish within the resource scarcity v resource curse literature with a focus on West Africa. Taking a futures approach, her research examines the way fish are managed in this region as part of the development of the Blue Economy and how this could impact peace and stability in the region. Anna worked for the British Civil and Diplomatic Services for ten years before making the transition to accademia. It was her work in West Africa with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office that sparkerd her research interest.
Keywords: fisheries, resource curse, scarcity, maritime security, futurism, future studies, fisheries conflict, blue economy, food security, West Africa, food sovereignty, strategy, IUU fishing, globalization, neocolonialism


Scott Cheney-Peters

International Policy Advisor - U.S. National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office
Scott is interested in understanding IUU fishing's potential as a cause of conflict, and the confluence of IUU fishing and other security challenges. His primary geographic focus is the broader Indo-Pacific region. He works to ensure analysts and others have the access to information they need on these and other maritime security challenges.
Keywords: IUU Fishing, confluence, conflict


Colleen Devlin

Researcher - Secure Fisheries, One Earth Future
Colleen leads Secure Fisheries' Fisheries Conflict Database, which aims to better understand the drivers of conflict in East African fisheries.
Keywords: fisheries conflicts, environmental governance, Africa


Sarah Glaser

Deputy Director - Secure Fisheries, One Earth Future
Sarah's research investigates the causes and consequences of fisheries conflict in East Africa. She also focuses on fisheries conflict and IUU fishing in Somalia.
Keywords: Somalia, Africa, food security, IUU fishing


Michael Harte

Professor - Oregon State University
Michael 's research explores the benefits of cooperation and costs of non-cooperation over fisheries shared between countries. His work explores the dynamics of Pacific tuna fisheries and squid fishieries in the SW Atlantic. He is particul;arly interested in understanding precussors of fish wars so to avoid the unfortunate economic, social and ecological consequences of conflicts over fishery resources.
Keywords: Game theory, fisheries cooperation, fish wars, regional ocean governance, contested places & illicit spaces.


Cullen Hendrix

Director - Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy Josef Korbel School of International Studies University of Denver
Cullen focuses on conflict and cooperation around renewable and non-renewable natural resources, as well as causes and consequences of fisheries-led development in East Africa.
Keywords: conflict, cooperation, political economy, food security


Kaija Hurlburt

Director - Secure Fisheries, One Earth Future
Kaija is the director and founder of the Secure Fisheries program at One Earth Future. She has expertise in environmental policy, maritime governance, and multi-stakeholder coordination. She works with Somali policy and decision makers to promote good governance of their fisheries resources.
Keywords: Somalia, IUU fishing, environmental policy and governance


Emi Koch

Graduate Student / Director - Scripps Institution of Oceanography / Beyond the Surface International
Emi investigates the impact of resource scarcities in a changing climate on social wellbeing and human security in remote or marginalized artisanal and small-scale fisheries with a focus on youth and families.
Keywords: Social wellbeing, small-scale fisheries, artisanal fisheries, youth engagement, marine biodiviersity and conservation, household, participatory media, Peru, India


Joshua Lambert

PhD Candidate / Contractor​ - University of Central Florida / Secure Fisheries
Joshua’s research is concerned with how features of environmental security impact political stability. He is also a researcher with the Secure Fishereis’ Fisheries Conflict Database.
Keywords: Political Stability, Environmental Security, Spatial Analysis, Remote Sensing, Civil-Military Relations, Data Mining, Conflict Forecasting


Philippe Le Billon

Professor - University of British Columbia​
Le Billon works on 'environment, development and security' nexus, including fisheries issues related to conflicts and crimes at multiple scales.
Keywords: fisheries conflicts, territorial disputes, crimes at sea, geopolitics


Robert Mazurek

Senior Program Manager - Secure Fisheries, One Earth Future
Robert focuses his efforts on combatting illegal fishing through regional and international coordination and engagement. He has a wide range of experience working across both national and international governments as well as with private entities to bridge the gaps between science, policy, and competing public and private interests.
Keywords: Fisheries, Africa, WIO, IUU fishing, marine resource governance, interagency coordination


Elizabeth Mendenhall

Assistant Professor - University of Rhode Island
Elizabeth's research focuses on the evolution of international ocean governance in response to changes in science, technology, and the condition of the ocean itself.
Keywords: UNCLOS; law of the sea; global governance; international law; climate change; fisheries


Sara McLaughlin Mitchell

F. Wendell Miller Professor - University of Iowa
Sara studies water conflicts between countries in the Issue Correlates of War (ICOW) project. This includes maritime conflicts (270 total from 1900-2001) and cross-border river conflicts (143 total from 1900-2001). Her work studies how issue salience, militarized history, and peaceful conflict management strategies influence the settlement of water conflicts.
Keywords: Maritime conflicts, river conflicts, institutions, treaties, IGOs, militarized disputes, wars, UNCLOS

John Parks

Chief of Party – USAID Oceans and Fisheries Partnership
John works with a wide range of governmental and non-governmental partners to design and implement marine resource management solutions that strengthen the environmental and civil security in communities around the world.  John’s research and work aims to reduce resource conflict and livelihood and food insecurity, including within remote, post-conflict/civil unrest, and other hostile settings. 
Keywords: IUU fishing, maritime security, conflict, small-scale fisheries

Robert S Pomeroy

Professor- University of Connecticut/ Connecticut Sea Grant
Bob's work focuses on improved governance of small-scale fisheries
Keywords: Small-scale fisheries, governance, conflict, Southeast Asia


Ian Ralby

CEO - I.R. Consilium​
Ian works at the intersection of law and security, helping to identify evolving and emerging areas of maritime crime, as well as effective law enforcement responses to them, and involves extensive engagement with governments, regional bodies and international organizations around the world.
Keywords: Maritime law and security; UNCLOS; law of the sea; international law; security; goverance; development; wealth blindness; blue economy; transnational organized crime; trafficking; oil and fuel theft; illicit hydrocarbons activity


Amanda Møller Rasmussen

Aarhus University​
Amanda is a PhD Student from Aarhus University. Her project investigates current fishery development initiatives in the Horn of Africa, focusing on their effects on the local fishers, trade, and coastal villages in Djibouti and Somaliland.
Keywords:  Fishery development, Djibouti, Somaliland, piracy, IUU fishing


Paige Roberts

Researcher Secure Fisheries, One Earth Future
Paige's research focuses on effective local fisheries and coastal resource managment approaches and their ability to reduce fisheries conflict, primarily in the Somali region. She uses a geospatial approach to analyze the current state and extent of marine resource uses and the potential for competition and conflict over those resources.
Keywords: Fisheries, GIS, Africa, Somalia, IUU fishing, marine resource governance


Katherine Seto

Assistant Professor - University of California, Santa Cruz​
Katherine's research investigates the equity, sustainability, and governance of marine and coastal systems, and the reciprocal relationship they have with human wellbeing and conflict. Her research focuses on ecology and governance of marine systems, sustainable seafood systems, and issues of maritime security and globalization.
Keywords: Fisheries, food security, marine and coastal law and policy, political ecology, marine resource governance, conflict studies


David Soud

Head of Research and Analysis - I.R. Consilium​
David's work focuses primarily on resource security, including hydrocarbons and fisheries; combating various forms of transnational organized crime; and helping states and other entities secure and develop maritime spaces. His work in fisheries has particularly emphasized those of Africa and Pacific Latin America, and explored the nexus of IUU fishing and other forms of organized criminal activity.
Keywords: IUU fishing; illicit hydrocarbons activity; oil and fuel theft; maritime security, governance and development; transnational organized crime; blue economy; conflict economies.


Rashid Sumaila

Professor - The University of British Columbia​
Dr. Rashid Sumaila is Professor and Director, Fisheries Economics Research Unit & the OceanCanada Partnership at the University of British Columbia. He specializes in bioeconomics, marine ecosystem valuation and the analysis of global issues such as fisheries subsidies, illegal fishing, climate change and oil spills. Sumaila has authored several journal articles; including in Science, Nature and the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. He is winner of the 2017 Volvo Environment Prize, the 2017 Benchley Oceans Award in Science, the 2016 UBC Killam Research Prize, and the 2013 American Fisheries Society Excellence in Public Outreach Award.
Keywords: Bioeconomics; marine ecosystem valuation; fisheries subsidies; illegal fishing, climate change; oil spills 


Rachel Tiller

Senior Research Scientist - SINTEF Ocean​
Dr. Tiller work focuses on marine and coastal interdisciplinary research at all levels of analysis, from local stakeholder perceptions to international management regimes. Her expertise is in institutions, regime interplay, governance, policy mitigation and stakeholder participation, stakeholder driven future scenario building and qualitative based/quantitative output methodologies.
Keywords: Arctic; global governance; climatic and non-climatic stressors; fisheries; stakeholders​


Ciera Villegas

Graduate Student / Contractor - Oregon State University / Secure Fisheries ​
Ciera's research focuses on cooperation and conflict around marine resources. She is particularly interested in understanding the likelihood of regional conflicts in the context of drivers. She is also a researcher for the Secure Fisheries' Fisheries Conflict Database.
Keywords: Bayesian networks, fisheries, conflict, cooperation, maritime disputes, fisheries conflicts, food security


James Watson

Assistant Professor - Oregon State University​
James and his lab develop novel mathematical and computer science approaches to predicting IUU activities.
Keywords:  Fish, fisheries, IUU, big data, prediction, complex systems