Olivier Randin


Office: IIC-3063
Telephone: (709) 864-8019
E-mail: ojr628@mun.ca


Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee

Supervisory Committee

Dr. Svein Jentoft

Thesis Title


Research Description

Small-scale fisheries face a critical problem of visibility and recognition. Though small-scale fisheries are usually embedded in local communities, they are affected more often than not by what is happening outside of them. The study of small-scale fisheries’ governance should take a broader perspective. Analysis of small-scale fisheries should be multi-levels and multi-scales to understand all the diversity and complexity of dynamics that take place. Practically, issues with regard to multi-level interactions can be observed in light of international instruments and their impact at the local level. Analysis of interactions is not only necessary but also timely with regard to international instruments as in 2014, the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication have been agreed upon on a consensual basis under the auspices of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

There is a sense of disconnection between what happens at the global level and what is felt at the local level; what is agreed upon at the global level and what is lived at the local level. The purpose of this research is to develop a better understanding of interactions that take place between regional, national and local levels. By looking at the presence, type, nature and quality of interactions between levels of governance this research seeks to explore what makes small-scale fisheries more or less governable in a vertically and horizontally integrated process and discuss what governance arrangements can create opportunities for small-scale fisheries.

Research Interests

  • Small-scale fisheries
  • Natural resource governance
  • International relations
  • Environmental stewardship
  • Social justice
  • Interdisciplinary studies

Research Affiliation

TBTI – Too Big To Ignore, Global Partnership for Small-Scale Fisheries


"Small-Scale Fishers, Changing Borders: The Case of San Andrés Archipelago (Colombia) and the International Court of Justice" in: Jentoft, S. and Chuenpagdee, R. (Eds.)(2015), Interactive Governance for Small-Scale Fisheries, Global Reflections, MARE Publication Series 13, Springer: Dordrecht. To be published.


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