Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee

Guest Lecturer

Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee


Short Bio

UNU-FTP is pleased to announce our distinguished guest lecturer Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee, who will give a series of lectures at the Marine Research Institute February 1-3. The lectures are open to the public. Dr. Chunpagdee will focus on management issues in small scale fisheries, one of the most challenging "wicked problems" in our field. Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee is Canada Research Chair on Natural Resource Sustainability and Community Development and Professor at Department of Geography at Memorial University in Canada. She studied in Thailand, US and UK, and received a PhD from University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Her research emphasizes interdisciplinary approaches to coastal, fisheries and ocean governance, focusing particularly on small-scale fisheries, marine protected areas, community-based management, and food security. She has worked in several countries including Cambodia, Malawi, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, Thailand and Canada. Dr. Chuenpagdee is currently leading a major global research partnership, Too Big To Ignore, which aims at elevating the profile of small-scale fisheries and rectifying their marginalization in national and international policies. She has recently released an edited book volume titled “Interactive Governance for Small-Scale Fisheries: Global Reflections” (Jentoft and Chuenpagdee, 2015), which contains 35 case studies about nature, issues and challenges in small-scale fisheries governance around the world.


  • Ph.D., Resource Management and Environmental Studies, University of British Columbia, 1998
  • M.Sc., Fisheries Biology, University of North Wales, 1990
  • M.Sc., Fisheries Management and Economics, Michigan State University, 1987
  • B.Sc., Marine Science, Chulalongkorn University, 1984