Peter Sinclair

University Research Professor (Ph.D. Edinburgh)

Research Interests
Maritime sociology, Environmental sociology, Political sociology, Socio-economic development
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Dr. Sinclair has published over 100 refereed articles, book chapters, and book reviews on a wide range of topics. His research encompasses global commodity networks and local restructuring, the sociology of science in the context of fisheries management, the political ecology of forest industries in rural Alabama and western Newfoundland, the politics of offshore oil development, environmental policy and interdisciplinary ecosystems theory.
His work on natural resource issues was recognized by the Rural Sociological Society in 1997 when he received its award for excellence in the sociology of natural resource management. In 2005, he received an award for outstanding contributions to sociology from the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association.
In recent years, his major projects have included contributions to two large interdisciplinary studies: Memorial University's Ecosystem Research Project and Coasts under Stress, which is concerned with environmental and human health implications of restructuring. Dr. Sinclair is also involved in issues of oceans management as a member of the executive of the Oceans Management Research Network.


From Traps to Draggers: Domestic Commodity Production in Northwest Newfoundland, 1850-1982. St. John's: ISER. (Author)

State Intervention and the Newfoundland Fisheries: Essays on Fisheries Policy and Social Structure. Aldershot: Avebury. (Author)

Living on the Edge: the Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland. St. John's: ISER. (Co-editor)

Aquaculture Development: Social Dimensions of an Emerging Industry. Boulder, CO: Westview Press. (Editor)

When the Fish Are Gone: Ecological Disaster and Fishers in Northwest Newfoundland. Halifax: Fernwood Books. (Co-author)

Power and Restructuring: Canada's Coastal Society and Environment. St. John's: ISER. (Co-editor)