Research Students

Sonia Garcia (PhD candidate 2016-2019)


Policy (dis)connections in the regulation of sustainable seafood in Australia. This research analyzes the disconnections between the policies for the sustainable management of fish at the point of harvest and a regulatory environment where sustainability is a consumer value and fish, a food product. It aims to offer an explanation of how these disconnects emerged and to explore possible pathways to improve the overall sustainability of seafood sold in Australia. More on this at


Natalie Gollan (PhD candidate 2015-2021)

Evaluating the impacts of marine protected areas on the social aspects of community wellbeing. This research is to find out the impacts (positive and negative) of marine protected areas (marine parks) on the social aspects of community wellbeing. It will do so by examining two NSW marine parks – Cape Byron Marine Park and Port Stephens-Great Lakes Marine Park. The research project aims to develop a social impact assessment tool.

Mariëlle Klein Lankhorst (PhD candidate 2019-2022)

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This researcher looks at small-scale fishers at the edge of capitalism. What market strategies do they engage in, and how does this relate to their fisher identity? This researcher also looks at who the next generation of fishers is. By describing a diverse set of cases, the researcher will form an understanding of what worlds are possible beyond capitalism, and how government can facilitate contemporary fishing livelihoods. Case studies from across Australia and around Europe will illustrate the global phenomena of precarity and subsequent adaptation strategies of fishers. An output of this research will be a book illustrating fishers’ stories as a tool to inform fishers around the world that they are not alone, and that there is hope. Latest project of this researcher: More to Sea – Portraits of Europe’s Small-Scale Fishers,

Carla Sbrocchi (PhD candidate 2016-2019)

Integrating human and environmental dimensions for sustainable fisheries. This research applies a range of qualitative and quantitative methods (e.g. bayesian networks) to determine the effectiveness of management systems and policy interventions on achieving environmental, economic and social outcomes. Case studies from Australia and Chile are used to provide an evaluation of  current fisheries management practices and forecast the impact of these systems on people dependent on the resource, regional economies and the environment. Finding  better ways of integrating social and environmental aspects will help users, like fishers, and managers and policy makers to make more transparent, equitable and fair decisions which benefit both marine systems and people.