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People and ecosystems

Understanding of the links between coral reef ecosystems, the goods and services they provide to people, and the wellbeing of human societies.

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Ecosystem dynamics: past, present and future

Examining the multi-scale dynamics of reefs, from population dynamics to macroevolution

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Responding to a changing world

Advancing the fundamental understanding of the key processes underpinning reef resilience.

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Coral Reef Studies

ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
James Cook University Townsville
Queensland 4811 Australia

Phone: 61 7 4781 4000
Email: info@coralcoe.org.au

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Philippa Cohen

Philippa Cohen


Research Fellow


James Cook University & WorldFish



+61 (0)7 4781 3197


Scientist – WorldFish (2013 – present)

Adjunct Research Fellow – ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University (2013 – present)

 Research Interests

Pip’s research activities largely focus on understanding the roles of social networks, economic development and changing policy, culture, and demography, on small-scale fisheries governance. Her work is focused in the least developed countries of the Pacific, in particular Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Timor L’este.  Her research employs an interdisciplinary approach to critically evaluate the contributions of community-based and cross-scale fisheries governance to ecological, food security and livelihood outcomes.   Given Pip’s role in WorldFish, and their emphasis on ‘Research in Development’, her research is commonly applied, conducted in partnership with local communities and governments, concurrent with development activities, and as a result embedded in the development context.  In addition to journal publications, her research is regularly translated into manuals and workshops for fisheries managers, and policy briefs and reports for governments and NGOs. Now as a scientist on The CGIAR Research Program on Aquatic Agricultural Systems, Pip is developing a cross-sector research pathway, that initially examines governance in general, and leadership in particular within aquatic agricultural systems. Given that Pip works in highly biodiverse and economically developing country contexts, she has an ongoing interest in the nexus between conservation and development agendas, and between goals of economic development and wellbeing.

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Coral Reef Studies

ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
James Cook University Townsville
Queensland 4811 Australia

Phone: 61 7 4781 4000
Email: info@coralcoe.org.au