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Anthropic impact analysis: It’s more than simply social


Thursday, May 25th 16:00 to 17:00 hrs

Building 19, Room 106, JCU Townsville Campus
Richard Pollnac
Richard Pollnac

Abstract. In response to domination of social impact analyses by economists, a model was developed which was originally referred to as a “non-economic social impact analysis” model, or NESIA.  Recently, when it was noted that analyses conducted using the NESIA model often included a few economic variables, it was decided that NESIA was an inappropriate title because the model also included psychological, biological (human), and technological variables in addition to merely “social” variables. The presentation will describe the model and development of some of the indicators used in the application of the model.  An example of the application of the model will focus on an analysis of fishery management’s impacts on individual well-being in the NE Region of the USA and Alaska.  Development of indicators used will be discussed and path analysis will be used to test aspects of the model.  The focus will be on psychological variables, an important anthropic impact that is often overlooked.

Biography. From 1975 to 2006 Richard Pollnac conducted research and evaluation of fishery and coastal development projects in Africa, Latin America, Azores, Middle East, India, South Pacific (Tonga, Samoa), New England and Alaska, and Southeast Asia. From 2006-2009 he was involved in fieldwork in the Caribbean evaluating factors influencing success of marine protected areas (MPAs), preparation of fishery community profiles, fieldwork ground-truthing fishery community profiles and numerical taxonomies of fishing communities for the Northeast USA, fieldwork concerning networking of marine protected areas (Philippines), and a project evaluating job satisfaction in capture fisheries (world-wide). From 2009-2014 he has been involved in research concerning impacts of management on well-being & change in NE USA fishing communities, evaluating sociocultural aspects of marine reserve governance as well as social networks of near-shore marine biologists in Puget Sound, assessment of the introduction of turtle excluding devices and ring hooks in Ecuador and Costa Rica, assessing of the impacts of integrated population, health & environment projects in the Philippines, and conducting (as co-PI) a “learning analysis” of the impacts of the of the Coral Triangle Support Project (CTSP) of the Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI), and involved in development and analysis of resilience and/vulnerability indicators for US fisheries (NE Region and Alaska) for NOAA Fisheries. In 2014 he became involved in 2 new projects:  an assessment of MPAs in Puget Sound and an evaluation of illegal fishing activities in Somalia.  From 2014 to 2017 he remained involved in the Puget Sound MPA project, initiated and carried out a project assessing factors influencing resilience and well-being in Rayong Province Thailand, and acted as a consultant on a new (2016-2017) MPA project in Puerto Rico.  He is currently planning a new project concerning factors influencing the interrelationships between fishery management, perceptions of climate change and well-being of small-scale fishers in the Gulf of Thailand. Richard Pollnac is a Research Professor at the University of Rhode Island and an Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington. Abbreviated publication list can be found at http://web.uri.edu/maf/richard-pollnac/


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