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Global patterns of international fisheries conflict


2 April 2020 9:00-10:00AM AEST

Jessica Spijkers
Jessica Spijkers

Abstract: International conflict over fishery resources is a growing security concern. Increasing incidences of conflict, diminishing fishery resources and climate impacts on marine systems have alerted the international community to the potential of fisheries conflict as a security threat. However, we lack knowledge on conflict events over time, as well as the contextual variables shaping conflict. To address that gap, Jessica’s thesis provides detailed understanding of the patterns of international fisheries conflict, including its frequency, type, geography, temporal dimensions, immediate drivers and underlying conditions (1974-2016). Insight into these patterns can aid improved development of conflict management strategies and policies to ensure future ocean security.

Biography: Jessica is a cotutelle PhD student enrolled at both the Stockholm Resilience Centre, where her primary supervisor is Henrik Österblom and co-supervisor Matthew Osborne, and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, where her primary supervisor is Tiffany Morrison and co-supervisor Graeme Cumming. Jessica is also a Nereus fellow, which is a global interdisciplinary initiative created to further our knowledge of how best to attain sustainability for the world’s oceans. Prior to starting her PhD, Jessica completed a Master’s Program in European Studies as well as a Master’s Program in social-ecological resilience for sustainable development at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University. Jessica’s thesis aims to provide insight into global patterns of conflict over fishery resources.


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