Mots-clés :small-scale ficheries co-management, social-ecological systems adaptation, marine spatial planning, sustainability sciences and transdisciplinarity, partnershifp between scientists-stakeholders-managers
I am a fisheries scientist with a keen interest in marine resource management and social-ecological systems adaptation to major changes. I draw from my training in ecology, fisheries sciences and environmental economics and combine geo-spatial, statistical, bio-economic modeling, and social survey methods into my research. I believe in studying fisheries from systems perspectives - meaning that I try to focus on the interactions among all the components of the system. I support collaborative interdisciplinary work and I am committed to support policy-making and resource management decisions in developing countries with a strong inter and trans-disciplinary science.
For my current postdoc at the IRD, I analyze the challenges associated with co-management, stakeholder participation and transdisciplinarity at multiple scales for achieving sustainable small-scale fisheries (SSF) in the South, drawing upon two case studies covering the Indo-Pacific Ocean. Specifically, the development and mobilization of social capital, that are major issues to promote sustainable management of SSF, will be investigated in Vanuatu and Madagascar in the context of small-scale vs large-scale research intervention, subsistence vs commercial fisheries, presence vs absence of traditional marine tenure and local management rules, and locally- vs regionally-based learning processes, respectively. Overall these two different cases will highlight challenges and opportunities associated with operationalizing SSF co-management through a transdisciplinary approach across temporal and spatial scales. This project is therefore at the core interface between governance and fisheries research and highlights how action research can be used to transform and/or improve co-management of SSF in the South through learning processes.