Coastal transitions: Small-scale fisheries, livelihoods, and maritime zone development in Southeast Asia

Crawford School of Public Policy
Alex Felipe hauling fish

Event details


Date & time

Thursday 02 September 2021


Online via Zoom


Michael Fabinyi

This seminar will be online via Zoom. Zoom details will be provided upon registration.

Please join us for an upcoming RE&D Research Notes webinar, hosted by the Resources, Environment and Development group (RE&D), Crawford School of Public Policy. RE&D visiting scholar, Associate Professor Michael Fabinyi will present his research insights on transitions of small-scale fisheries in southeast Asia. The seminar will be facilitated by Maeve Powell.

Across Southeast Asia, coastal livelihoods and maritime zone developments are transitioning to more diverse and intensifying forms of commercial production. In this paper, we review literature from the ten maritime states of Southeast Asia to assess how both older (e.g. industrial fisheries) and newer forms of maritime zone development (e.g. aquaculture, coastal reclamation, industrial developments and tourism) influence the vulnerability of small-scale fishing livelihoods. Applying a political economy lens to small-scale fisheries and maritime zone developments at a regional scale, key trends that small-scale fishers and communities must negotiate include increased commoditisation, worsening environmental degradation, reduced labor mobility and intensifying coastal squeeze.
Bio: Michael Fabinyi is an Associate Professor at the University of Technology Sydney, and a Visiting Fellow in the Resources, Environment and Development Program at the Crawford School. His research is focused on the social and political aspects of marine resource use and governance in the Asia-Pacific region.

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