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A. Rifaee Rasheed


B.Sc. (Marine Biology & Aquaculture), James Cook University

Master of Environmental Management and Development, The Australian National University

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Rifaee (Rify) is a PhD candidate with the Resources, Environment and Development Group at the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy. Rify’s research focuses on the social sciences aspect of environmental sustainability, and natural resource management – particularly in the context of communities in marine and coastal settings. In her PhD, she examines the relationship between marine protected areas and human well-being with a focus on identifying ways to shape marine conservation strategies as optimal management tools that can contribute towards sustaining human well-being.

Prior to joining the ANU, she worked as social science researcher with the International Union for Conservation Nature (IUCN) on implementing various marine management and climate change projects. She also worked as a marine biologist in the Maldives and has varied experiences in marine conservation education and community mobilisation events. Rify is the founder of the ‘Moodhu Maa-Kan’du Fest” - an annual marine conservation-educational festival held in the Maldives. She also the co-founder of the Maldives branch of the Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme (MWSRP).

Rify holds a BSc in Marine Biology and Aquaculture from the James Cook University (JCU), and a Masters in Environmental Management and Development from the Australian National University (ANU). Currently, Rify is the Managing Editor for the Journal The Anthropocene Review. She is also a part-time tutor at Crawford School of Public Policy.


PhD programme

Resource, Environment and Development


Kubiszewski, I, Muthee, K, Rasheed, A.R., Costanza, R., Suzuki, M., Noel, S., Schauer, M., (2022) “The costs of increasing precision for ecosystem services valuation studies”, Ecological Indicators, vol. 135

Costanza, R., Kubiszewski, I., Rasheed, A.R., (2021), “The future of changes in global ecosystem services”, Global Environmental Change, vol. 71

Rasheed, AR (2020)’Marine protected areas and human well-being: A systematic review and recommendations’, Ecosystem Services, vol. 41.

Rasheed, AR and Abdulla, A (2020) ‘Evaluating stakeholder participatory processes in marine protected area policy development’, Marine Policy, vol. 112.

Rasheed, AR, and Zakariyya, NI (2017) ‘Small, dispersed, sustainable and prosperous – an alternative paradigm to population consolidation’, The Solutions Journal, vol.8.

Rasheed, AR, Abdulla, A, and Zakariyya, NI (2016) ‘Vulnerability of different types of fishers to potential implementation of a management plan in a Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the Maldives’, Marine Policy, vol. 74, pp. 195-204.

Abdulla, A, Abdulla, F, Ibrahim, M, Mancini, A, Nistharan, F, Rasheed, AR (2017), Resource dependence and social resilience in North Ari Atoll, Maldives, Gland, Switzerland, IUCN.

Employment history

Current: Managing Editor of The Anthropocene Review

Teaching history

2019: Semester 1
EMDV8012: Ecological Economics and Policy (Tutor)
EMDV8013: Issues in Development and Environment (Tutor)
2018: Semester 1
EMDV8012: Ecological Economics and Policy (Tutor)
EMDV8013: Environmental Assessment (Tutor)
2016: Semester 2
BZ1009: Diversity of Life (Demonstrator), Research School of Biology, ANU
BZ2111: Australian Vertebrates (Demonstrator), Research School of Biology, ANU
BIOL3116: Marine Conservation Biology (Demonstrator), Research School of Biology, ANU

Mailing address

Crawford School of Public Policy
ANU College of Asia & the Pacific
J.G. Crawford Building No. 132
Lennox Crossing
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 2601 Australia

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