Charles Mather and Barb Neis (Sociology at Memorial) are looking to recruit two Masters students for their SSHRC funded project on Canada’s northern shrimp industry. This is one of Canada’s most important fish sectors, contributing over $280 million a year in export earnings. The aim of the project is to reconstruct the emergence of the industry and to analyse contemporary challenges using the global value chain (GVC) framework. The GVC framework is an approach to economic activity that traces commodities from ocean to plate and has been used with great success in analysing globally traded food products.
The research is timely: although the industry grew rapidly through the 1990s, fishers and processors are facing multiple challenges including smaller quotas, increased competition in global markets and high production costs. We are looking for students who are interested in resource development issues, global value chains, political ecology and the impact of industry restructuring on local communities. We can offer a competitive funding package to outstanding students that includes funding for research expenses and conference travel.
Please contact Charles Mather (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.