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Mirella de Oliveira Leis

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International Coastal Network
Office: IIC 3063
Telephone: (709) 864-8019
Fax: (709) 864-3119

E-mail: mirella.deoliveiraleis[at]


Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee


Dr. Rodolphe Devillers

Thesis Title


Research description

My project contributes to working group 4 of Too Big To Ignore Global Partnership for Small Scale Fisheries Research, which aims to enhance stewardship within small-scale fisheries while minimizing environmental impacts in the Latin America and Caribbean region. I am interested in evaluating the social implications on Small-scale fisheries caused by the implementation of Marine Protected Areas in Brazil.

Through an interactive governance perspective, I intend to look at the values, images and principles that resource users hold towards protected areas. In addition, I will use participatory mapping as a tool to identify potential conflict areas between protecting the livelihoods of small-scale fisheries communities and biodiversity conservation.

Research interests

  • Fisheries Governance
  • Small-scale Fisheries
  • Marine Protected Areas
  • GIS
  • Participatory mapping