The Fisheries, Maritime and Coastal Studies Research Group at the University of Technology Sydney specialises in researching fisheries and aquaculture, maritime environments and societies, and political, cultural and economic practices related to these.

The team are involved in externally funded research projects, in writing and editing publications and in supervising postgraduate research students.

The team has particular expertise in the Asia-Pacific region (Australia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines and the Solomon Islands), however individual researchers have also undertaken projects in Chile, Canada and Western Europe.

We also take active roles in supporting our research students.

Please get in contact if you have any inquiries or wish to collaborate with our researchers.


The Research Team

  • Kate Barclay

    Kate Barclay.jpgKate Barclay researches the social aspects of fisheries. Since the late 1990s she has researched the sustainable development of tuna resources in the island Pacific in the context of changing governance systems and globalisation. Recent projects include multidisciplinary work to evaluate the social and economic contributions fisheries and aquaculture make to coastal communities in Australia, and a governance analysis of the supply chain of beche de mer from Papua New Guinea to markets around Asia.

    Michael Fabinyi


    Michael Fabinyi uses theories and methods from the social sciences to understand the social, political and cultural aspects of marine resource use and management. He completed his PhD at the Australian National University (2009), and from 2010-2016 worked at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University. He has lived and worked in China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines and Solomon Islands. He has held visiting appointments at Peking University (2013-14), WorldFish, Malaysia (2015), and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Palawan State University, Philippines.

    Philip Hayward

    Phil Hayward.jpg

    Philip Hayward currently holds adjunct research professor positions at the University of Technology Sydney and at the Southern Cross University. He is the editor of Shima – an online journal of  research into island and marine cultures. He has been involved in developing the notion of the aquapelago, a concept that attempts to emphasise the integration of (some) island and coastal societies with marine environments, resources, histories and imaginations. Philip has also co-authored a book on cultural aspects of aquapelagos with Waldo Garrido and Dan Bendrups, entitled Música de Chiloé. He is currently researching marine reserve sites based around seamounts and banks.

    Nick McClean


    Nick McClean is an interdisciplinary social scientist working on environmental and natural resource management, with a specialisation in fisheries and marine resource governance. He is particularly interested in qualitative and participatory research techniques, and in working with community, fisheries and Indigenous organisations on collaborative research and capacity building. Nick also has experience using mixed methods research approaches, and often works with decision makers and stakeholders on strategic policy oriented research.


    For inquiries about postgraduate research study in fisheries, maritime and coastal studies at UTS:


    Kate BarclayMichael Fabinyi or Philip Hayward

    The team also coordinates research meetings and seminars at UTS’s central Sydney campus, if you wish to be notified about these contact Philip Hayward.

    The Research Team

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