dr. J. (Joeri) Scholtens

  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
    GPIO : Governance and Inclusive Development
  • Visiting address
    REC BC
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 129  Amsterdam
    Room number: B4.00
  • Postal address:
    Postbus  15629
    1001 NC  Amsterdam
  • J.Scholtens@uva.nl

Dr. Joeri Scholtens is a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the Department of Geography, Planning and International Development Studies and at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies. He holds a PhD in Social Sciences from the University of Amsterdam, a MSc in Environment and Natural Resource Management from the VU University Amsterdam, and a BSc in Liberal Arts and Sciences from the University of Amsterdam. He is affiliated to the Goverance and Inclusive Development research group at the Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research and also to the Center for Maritime Research.

My research and teaching interests converge around fisheries conflicts and governance, transboundary natural resource management, and inclusive sustainable development. For my PhD research I worked on a protracted transboundary fisheries conflicts in South Asia and on the reproduction of marginality of resource users in this conflict. For my current postdoc I work with a large consortium of universities and private parties on the contribution of fisheries to food security in West Africa and South India. 

I am also engaged in thesis supervision and teaching various courses in the postgraduate programmes Human Geography and International Development Studies and in the Bachelor Programme Future Planet Studies. 



  • Scholtens, J. (2016). The elusive quest for access and collective action: North Sri Lankan fishers’ thwarted struggles against a foreign trawler fleet. The International Journal of the Commons, 10(2), 929-952. [details] [PDF]
  • Song, A. M., Scholtens, J., Stephen, J., Bavinck, M., & Chuenpagdee, R. (2016). Transboundary research in fisheries. Marine Policy, 76, 8-18. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2016.10.023 [details]


  • Scholtens, J. (2015). Limits to the governability of transboundary fisheries: implications for small-scale fishers in Northern Sri Lanka and beyond. In S. Jentoft, & R. Chuenpagdee (Eds.), Interactive governance for small-scale fisheries: global reflections (pp. 515-538). (MARE publication series; No. 13). Cham: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-17034-3_27 [details] [PDF]


  • Scholtens, J., & Bavinck, M. (2014). Lessons for legal pluralism: investigating the challenges of transboundary fisheries governance. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 11, 10-18. DOI: 10.1016/j.cosust.2014.09.017 [details]
  • Barange, M., Merino, G., Blanchard, J. L., Scholtens, J., Harle, J., Allison, E. H., ... Jennings, S. (2014). Impacts of climate change on marine ecosystem production in societies dependent on fisheries. Nature Climate Change, 4(march), 211-216. DOI: 10.1038/NCLIMATE2119 [details]


  • Scholtens, J., & Bavinck, M. (2013). South Indian Trawl Fisheries - Assessing Their Governability. In M. Bavinck, R. Chuenpagdee, S. Jentoft, & J. Kooiman (Eds.), Governability of fisheries and aquaculture: theory and applications (pp. 177-199). (MARE publication series; No. 7). Dordrecht: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-6107-0_10 [details]
  • Stephen, J., Menon, A., Scholtens, J., & Bavinck, M. (2013). Transboundary dialogues and the ‘politics of scale’ in Palk Bay fisheries: brothers at sea? South Asia Research, 33(2), 141-161. DOI: 10.1177/0262728013487633 [details] [PDF]


  • Scholtens, J., Bavinck, M., & Soosai, A. S. (2012). Fishing in Dire Straits: trans-boundary incursions in the Palk Bay. Economic & Political Weekly, 47(25), 87-96. [details] [PDF]


  • Sathyapalan, J., Srinivasan, J. T., & Scholtens, J. (2011). Overcapitalization in a small-scale trawler fishery: a study of Palk Bay, India. In R. Dr. Chuenpagdee (Ed.), World small-scale fisheries: contemporary visions. (pp. 51-61). Delft: Eburon Academic Publishers. [details]


  • Bavinck, M., de Klerk, L., van Dijk, D., Rothuizen, J. V., Blok, A. N., Bokhorst, J. R., ... Scholtens, J. (2008). Time-zoning for the safe-guarding of capture fisheries: a closed season in Tamil Nadu, India. Marine Policy, 32, 369-378. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2007.08.007 [details]


  • Amarasinghe, O., Kadirgamar, A., Scholtens, J., & Kadirgamar, N. (2016). Briefing Paper: Towards a Solution of the Palk Bay Fishing Conflict. Unknown Publisher. [details]


  • Kadirgamar, A., & Scholtens, J. (2015). Breaking the Deadlock: Resolving the Indo-Sri Lankan Fisheries Conflict. Unknown Publisher. [details] [PDF]


  • Scholtens, J. (Author), Stephen, J. (Author), & Menon, A. (Author). (2013). Between the devil and the not-so-deep blue sea: asymmetrical power in the Indo-Sri Lankan fisheries conflict. The Broker. [details] [PDF]


  • Scholtens, J. (2016). Fishing in the margins: North Sri Lankan fishers’ struggle for access in transboundary waters [details] [PDF]
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