Victoria Rogers


Office: IIC 3063
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Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee


Dr. Dean Bavington

Thesis Title


Research Description

My research seeks to understand the interactions between marine conservation efforts, local tourism, and small-scale fisheries. In particular, I am interested in assessing whether the relationships between small-scale fishers and local tourist operators can foster stewardship of the marine environment. My research will take place in southern Thailand where the specific location has yet to be determined. Southern Thailand is a popular, well-developed tourist destination in part because of its beaches and national marine reserves. The main forms of tourism I intend to focus on are those that have a low-impact and aim to be sustainable. I am interested in exploring whether there are benefits associated with fishers and tourist operator relationships as well as whether marine conservation tactics support benefits to both parties. In order to gain a better understanding of the interactions and opportunities that may arise, I will be using the interactive governance framework.

This research is important because it aims to create a better understanding of relationships between two common coastal livelihoods, which coexist in coastal areas around the world, as well as their combined influence, positive or negative, on conservation efforts.

The greater project my master’s aims to contribute to is a global research network and knowledge mobilization partnership focused on elevating the profile of small-scale fisheries around the world, entitled “Too Big To Ignore” (TBTI).

Research Interests

  • Fisheries governance
  • Small-scale fisheries
  • Marine protected areas
  • Sustainable tourism
  • Socio-ecological relationships
  • Geography of Southeast Asia


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