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Ratana Chuenpagdee

Canada Research Chair in Natural Resource Sustainability and Community Development

Ratana ChuenpagdeeDepartment of Geography
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL
A1B 3X9

Office: IIC-3063
Tel: (709) 864-3157
Fax: (709) 864-3119

E mail: ratanac[at]

I received a PhD in Resource Management and Environmental Studies in 1998 from University of British Columbia, Vancouver, under the supervision of Professors Daniel Pauly (Fisheries Centre, UBC) and Jack Knetsch (Department of Economics, Simon Fraser University). With background in marine science (BSc., Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand), fishery management and resource economics (MSc., Michigan State University, East Lansing, USA), fishery biology (MSc., University of North Wales, Bangor, UK), and environmental studies, I have been interested in interdisciplinary research, particularly in the integration of natural and social sciences to address resource management issues. As part of my PhD dissertation, I developed the ‘damage schedule’ approach, which incorporates a variety of stakeholders’ opinions into a simple ranking system, as a tool to assist policy makers in formulating resource management policies that correspond to a wide array of constituent groups, such as fishers, aquaculturists, tourism industry, scientists, managers, and the general public. After spending three years as an assistant professor at the Department of Coastal and Ocean Policy, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Virginia, USA, I returned to Canada to join the Social Research for Sustainable Fisheries project, based at St. Francis Xavier Univeristy, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, and later worked as senior research fellow for International Ocean Institute, Dalhousie University, Halifax. In 1999, I established a research centre in Bangkok called ‘Coastal Development Centre’ (or CDC), which I currently co-direct.

Teaching Interests

  • Integrated coastal management
  • Governance and governability
  • Values and valuation


Research Interests

I am interested in interdisciplinary research that addresses issues related to interconnectivity and interdependency between natural and human systems. The main research topics are fisheries and ocean governance, resource sustainability and community development, integrated coastal management, ecosystem-based management, decision-making tools, and communicating sciences to policy makers and general public. In addition to Canada and Thailand, I also conduct research in other countries, including Cambodia, Mexico, Namibia, Scotland, South Africa and USA.

My current research projects include:

  • Coastal connections: Interactive governance model for sustainable coastal development
  • Reconceptualizing ecosystem complexity
  • Unravelling the vicious circle: Poverty alleviatio and sustainability livelihoods in small-scale fisheries
  • Chaning gears, chaning grounds
  • Community-University Research for Recovery Alliance
  • Integrating multiple demands on coastal zones using 'Coastal Transects Analysis Model' (CTAM)
  • Global analysis of small-scale fisheries and their impacts on marine ecosystems
  • Coastal fisheries of Latin America and the Caribbean: a synthesis of fisheries assessment and management

Selected Publications

  • Jentoft, S., and Chuenpagdee, R. 2009. Fisheries and coastal governance as a wicked problem. Marine Policy 33: 553-560.
  • Chuenpagdee, R., and Jentoft, S. 2009. Governability assessment for fisheries and coastal systems: A reality check. Human Ecology 37: 109-120.
  • Chuenpagdee, R., Kooiman, J., and Pullin, R. 2008. Assessing governability in capture fisheries, aquaculture and coastal zones. The Journal of Transboundary Environmental Studies 7(1): 14-33.
  • Bundy, A., Chuenpagdee, R., Jentoft, S., and Mahon, R. 2008. If science is not the answer, what is? An alternative governance model for the world's fisheries. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 6(3): 152-155.
  • Salas, S., Chuenpagdee, R., Seijo, J.C., and Charles, A. 2007. Challenges in the assessment and management of small-scale fisheries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Fisheries Research 87(1): 5-16.
  • Chuenpagdee, R., and Jentoft, S. 2007. Step zero for fisheries co-management: What precedes implementation. Marine Policy
  • Chuenpagdee, R., Liguori, L., Preikshot, D. and Pauly D. 2006. A public sentiment index for ecosystem management of Chesapeake Bay . Ecosystems 9:463-473.
  • Chuenpagdee, R. and Bundy, A. 2006. What was hot at the fourth World Fisheries Congress? Fish and Fisheries 7:1-4.
  • Smith, T.F., Alcock, D., Thomsen, D.C. , and Chuenpagdee, R. 2006. Improving the quality of life in coastal areas and future directions for the Asia-Pacific region. Coastal Management 34:235-250.
  • Hap, N., Seng, L., and Chuenpagdee, R. 2006. Socioeconomics and Livelihood Values of Tonle Sap Lake Fisheries. Inland Fisheries Research and Development Institute (IFREDI), Phnom Penh, Cambodia. (Available at
  • Chuenpagdee, R. 2005. Business as Usual for the Tsunami-affected Communities in Thailand? Sea Around Us Project Newsletter. Issue 30, July/August 2005.
  • Chuenpagdee, R. and Bundy, A. (eds.). 2005. Innovation and Outlook in Fisheries: An Assessment of Research Presented at the 4th World Fisheries Congress. Fisheries Centre Research Report 13(2). 113p. (Available at
  • Bavinck, M., Chuenpagdee, R., Diallo, M., Heijden, P., Kooiman, J., Mahon, R., and Williams, S. 2005. Interactive Fisheries Governance: A guide to better practice. Centre for Maritime Research (MARE). Eburon Academic Publishers, the Netherlands.
  • Chuenpagdee, R., Fraga, J., and Euan, J.I. 2004. Progressing toward co-management through participatory research. Society and Natural Resources 17:147-161.
  • Chuenpagdee, R. and Pauly, D. 2004. Improving the state of coastal areas in the Asia-Pacific region. Coastal Management 32:3-15.
  • Christie, P., McCay, B.J., Miller, M.L., Lowe, C., White, A.T., Stoffle, R., Fluharty, D.L., Talaue McManus, L., Chuenpagdee, R., Pomeroy, C., Suman, D.O., Blount, B.G., Huppert, D., Villahermosa Eisma, R.L., Oracion, E., Lowry, K., and Pollnac, R.B. 2003. Toward developing a complete understanding: A social science research agenda for marine protected areas. Fisheries 28(12):22-26.
  • Chuenpagdee, R., Morgan, L.E., Maxwell, S.M., Norse, E.A., and Pauly, D. 2003. Shifting gears: assessing collateral impacts of fishing methods in the U.S. waters. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 1(10):517-524.
  • McDaniels, T.L., Gregory, R., Arvai J., and Chuenpagdee R. 2003. Decision structuring to alleviate embedding in environmental valuation. Ecological Economics 46(1): 33-46.
  • Pauly, D. and Chuenpagdee, R. 2002-2003. Fisheries and coastal systems: the need for integrated management. Journal of Business Administration and Policy Analysis 30-31:1-18.
  • Chuenpagdee, R., Knetsch, J.L., and Brown, T.C. 2001. Environmental damage schedules: community judgments of importance and assessment of losses. Land Economics 77 (1):1-11.
  • Sumaila, U.R., Guénette, S., Alder J., and Chuenpagdee, R. 2000. Addressing ecosystem effects of fishing using marine protected areas. ICES Journal of Marine Science 57(3):752-760.