Research Lines

There is growing evidence that current management of marine resource systems may no longer be effective in the future under climate change. This will translate not only into important ecological impacts at local and global scales, but also into increasing livelihood vulnerability and inequalities. We believe these threats pose one of the major challenges humanity faces nowadays.

Our research looks for adaptation solutions in marine systems that allow for sustainable management in the long run, as well as helping achieve equitable resource sharing and livelihood support. We apply a large set of social and natural sciences methodologies to understand climate change impacts and adaptation in marine systems and work on smart solutions for future oceans sustainability.

Our work focuses along 3 main lines of research:

Social-ecological systems


We use the social ecological systems approach to understand how systems react to climate change. We develop adaptation solutions based on the interconnections of ecological, social and institutional components of the system.

Keywords: SES, SSF, artisanal fisheries, commercial fisheries, adaptive capacity, vulnerability, resilience.

Spatial management


Developing solutions for natural resource management under climate change.

Keywords: property rights, equity, MPA networks, TURF networks, bio-economic modelling, quotas, co-management.

Institutional arrangements


Analyzing the consequences of shifts in
species distribution in institutional fisheries arrangements.

Keywords: EEZs, transboundary stocks, cooperation, spatial management, stakeholder analysis.
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