Abstract: We frequently hear about demise and decline in fisheries systems. This narrative can inadvertently shift thefocus of research and funding away from the opportunities and benefits available within the fisheries sector. In this presentation I share recent research on equity, justice, and nutrition through fisheries. I seek to stimulate a discussion with the group about the opportunities we have as researchers to contribute to, and rebalance, what ‘food system transformations’ might look for sustainability, nutrition and human wellbeing outcomes.
Biography: Pip Cohen is an environmental social scientist with expertise in equitable governance of aquatic resources in the developing world. Her career reflects a commitment to research for development, particularly in countries most vulnerable to the impacts of food insecurity and climate change. Pip is a Research Leader at WorldFish (an international research organisation part of the CGIAR focused on food secure futures), an adjunct Research Fellow at Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University, and an Affiliated Researcher at the Centre for Marine Socioecology at University of Tasmania. Pip’s research seeks to understand, and improve, governance and resilience of coastal communities and their fisheries. Pip’s research appears in the journal Nature, Nature Climate Change, Global Environmental Change, World Development, Ecology and Society, Human Ecology, Food Security, and Fish and Fisheries. Pip has conducted empirical research in Australia, Tonga, Timor-Leste, Solomon Islands, and leads a team of researchers working in the Pacific, Asia and Africa. Throughout her career Pip has been committed to building the capacity and recognition of early career researchers, particularly those from developing countries and women in science.