dhr. prof. dr. J.M. (Maarten) Bavinck

  • Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen
    Programmagroep: Governance and Inclusive Development
  • Bezoekadres
    REC BC
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 166  Kamernummer: B4.07
  • Postadres:
    Postbus  15629
    1001 NC  Amsterdam
  • J.M.Bavinck@uva.nl
    T: 0205254185

Key interests

Fisheries governance, coastal zone development, livelihood/wellbeing studies, legal pluralism, South Asia

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Maarten Bavinck

is professor in the Department of Geography, Planning and International Development Studies (GPIO) of the University of Amsterdam and a member of the Governance and Inclusive Development programme group. He also holds a chair in coastal resource governance at the Norwegian Fisheries College of the Norges Arktisk Universitet in Tromso, Norway. Maarten now also serves as the director of CERES Research School for International Development (2016-2019).

.Maarten is specialized in the governance of capture fisheries, particularly in the South, and is especially interested in the fate of small-scale fisher peoples. His own fieldwork is concentrated in South Asia (India and Sri Lanka). Maarten's theoretical perspectives are interactive governance, legal pluralism, and political ecology. He has authored two monographs and several edited volumes, as well as a large number of peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. 

Maarten is founder and co-director of the social-science Centre for Maritime Studies (MARE), and founding associate editor of the journal Maritime Studies. He also co-edits (with Svein Jentoft) the MARE Publication Series, published by Springer. He has recently served as president of the International Commission on Legal Pluralism (2008-2015), and is now director of CERES Research School for International Development in the Netherlands.

Among other research activities, he was the principal investigator of the REINCORPFISH project (NWO/WOTRO 2010-2016) that focused on the resolution of fisheries conflicts in South Asia and South Africa. Maarten is now leading the Fish4Food project (NWO/WOTRO 2016-2020) that investigates opportunities for improving low-price fish chains in facilitating urban food security (Ghana and India). He has played leading roles in many other projects funded by the European Commission, NWO/WOTRO, ESRC (UK), ICSSR (India), and SSHRC (Canada). His teaching activities (undergraduate/graduate/PhD)  are concentrated in the International Development Studies programmme of the University of Amsterdam, in which he takes responsibility for courses on environmental and marine geography, governance, and South Asia studies.  



  • Bavinck, M., Jentoft, S., & Scholtens, J. (2018). Fisheries as social struggle: A reinvigorated social science research agenda. Marine Policy, 94, 46-52. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2018.04.026  [details] 
  • Scholtens, J., Song, A., Stephen, J. S., Garcia Chavez, M. C., Bavinck, J. M., & Sowman, M. (2018). Transdisciplinary engagement to address transboundary challenges for small-scale fishers. In Transdisciplinarity for Small Scale Fishers (pp. 321-340). Springer.
  • Scholtens, J., & Bavinck, M. (2018). Transforming conflicts from the bottom-up? Reflections on civil society efforts to empower marginalized fishers in postwar Sri Lanka. Ecology and Society, 23(3), [31]. DOI: 10.5751/ES-10216-230331  [details] 


  • Triyanti, A., Bavinck, M., Gupta, J., & Marfai, M. A. (2017). Social capital, interactive governance and coastal protection: The effectiveness of mangrove ecosystem-based strategies in promoting inclusive development in Demak, Indonesia. Ocean & Coastal Management, 150, 3-11. DOI: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2017.10.017  [details] 
  • Bavinck, J. M., & Gupta, J. (2017). Editorial. Ocean & Coastal Management, 150, 1-2. DOI: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2017.10.019 
  • Bavinck, M., Hoefsloot, F. I., & Wastiaux, M. (2017). Responsible fisheries? A response to the ‘new path’ of co-governance. Economic & Political Weekly, 52(39), 83-86. [details] 
  • Gupta, J., & Bavinck, M. (2017). Inclusive development and coastal adaptiveness. Ocean & Coastal Management, 136, 29-37. DOI: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2016.11.008  [details] 
  • Bavinck, M., Berkes, F., Charles, A., Esteves Dias, A. C., Doubleday, N., Nayak, P., & Sowman, M. (2017). The impact of coastal grabbing on community conservation - a global reconnaissance. MAST : maritime studies, 16, [8]. DOI: 10.1186/s40152-017-0062-8  [details] 


  • Bavinck, J. M. (2016). The role of informal fisher village councils (ur panchayat) in Nagapattinam District and Karaikal, India. In S. Siar, & D. Kalikoski (Eds.), Strengthening organizations and collective action in fisheries: Towards the formulation of a capacity development programme (Vol. 41, pp. 383-404). (FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Proceedings; Vol. 41). Rome: FAO.
  • Colenbrander, D., & Bavinck, M. (2016). Exploring the role of bureaucracy in the production of coastal risks, City of Cape Town, South Africa. Ocean & Coastal Management, 150, 35-50. DOI: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2016.11.012  [details] 
  • Menon, A., Bavinck, M., Stephen, J., & Manimohan, R. (2016). The political ecology of Palk Bay fisheries: geographies of capital, fisher conflict, ethnicity and nation-state. Antipode, 48(2), 393-411. DOI: 10.1111/anti.12181  [details] 
  • 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] 


  • Bavinck, M. (2015). Fishing rights in post-war Sri Lanka: results of a longitudinal village enquiry in the Jaffna region. MAST, Maritime Studies, 14(1). DOI: 10.1186/s40152-014-0019-0  [details] 
  • Bavinck, M. (2015). Placating the sea goddess: analysis of a fisher ritual in Tamil Nadu, India. Etnofoor, 27(1), 89-100. [details] 
  • Bavinck, M., Karuppiah, S., & Jentoft, S. (2015). Contesting inclusiveness: the anxieties of mechanized fishers over social boundaries in Chennai, South India. European Journal of Development Research, 27(4), 589-605. DOI: 10.1057/ejdr.2015.46  [details] 
  • Bavinck, M., & Simon Thomas, M. (2015). Postscript. Journal of legal pluralism and unofficial law, 47(3), 508-512. DOI: 10.1080/07329113.2015.1113686  [details] 
  • Bavinck, M., Simon Thomas, M., & Turner, B. (2015). Editorial. Journal of legal pluralism and unofficial law, 47(3), 373-374. DOI: 10.1080/07329113.2015.1113679  [details] 
  • Bavinck, M., de Klerk, L., van der Plaat, F., Ravesteijn, J., Angel, D., Arendsen, H., ... Zuurendonk, B. (2015). Post-tsunami relocation of fisher settlements in South Asia: evidence from the Coromandel Coast, India. Disasters, 39(3), 592-609. DOI: 10.1111/disa.12113  [details] 
  • Ros-Tonen, M., Pouw, N., & Bavinck, M. (2015). Governing beyond cities: the urban-rural interface. In J. Gupta, K. Pfeffer, H. Verrest, & M. Ros-Tonen (Eds.), Geographies of urban governance: advanced theories, methods and practices (pp. 85-105). Cham: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-21272-2_5  [details] 
  • Wickramasinghe, W. A. R., & Bavinck, M. (2015). Institutional landscapes affecting small-scale fishing in Southern Sri Lanka - legal pluralism and its socio-economic effects. MAST, Maritime Studies, 14, [18]. DOI: 10.1186/s40152-015-0036-7  [details] 


  • Bavinck, M. (2014). Investigating poverty through the lens of riches: immigration and segregation in Indian capture fisheries. Development Policy Review, 32(1), 33-52. DOI: 10.1111/dpr.12042  [details] 
  • Bavinck, M., Sowman, M., & Menon, A. (2014). Theorizing participatory governance in contexts of legal pluralism: a conceptual reconnaissance of fishing conflicts and their resolution. In M. Bavinck, L. Pellegrini, & E. Mostert (Eds.), Conflicts over natural resources in the Global South: conceptual approaches (pp. 147-171). Leiden: CRC Press. [details] 
  • Bavinck, M., & Gupta, J. (2014). Editorial overview: Legal pluralism, governance and aquatic resources. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 11(2), v-vi. DOI: 10.1016/j.cosust.2014.10.006  [details] 
  • Bavinck, M., & Gupta, J. (2014). Legal pluralism in aquatic regimes: a challenge for governance. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 11, 78-85. DOI: 10.1016/j.cosust.2014.10.003  [details] 
  • Gupta, J., & Bavinck, M. (2014). Towards an elaborated theory of legal pluralism and aquatic resources. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 11, 86-93. DOI: 10.1016/j.cosust.2014.10.007  [details] 
  • 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] 


  • Bavinck, M., & Kooiman, J. (2013). Applying the governability concept in fisheries: explorations from South Asia. In M. Bavinck, R. Chuenpagdee, S. Jentoft, & J. Kooiman (Eds.), Governability of fisheries and aquaculture: theory and applications (pp. 131-153). (MARE publication series; No. 7). Dordrecht: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-6107-0_8  [details] 
  • Bavinck, M., Johnson, D., Amarasinghe, O., Rubinoff, J., Southwold, S., & Thomson, K. T. (2013). From Indifference to Mutual Support: A Comparative Analysis of Legal Pluralism in the Governing of South Asian Fisheries. European Journal of Development Research, 25(4), 621-640. DOI: 10.1057/ejdr.2012.52  [details] 
  • Kooiman, J., & Bavinck, M. (2013). Theorizing governability: the interactive governance perspective. In M. Bavinck, R. Chuenpagdee, S. Jentoft, & J. Kooiman (Eds.), Governability of fisheries and aquaculture: theory and applications (pp. 9-30). (MARE publication series; No. 7). Dordrecht: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-6107-0_2  [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] 
  • Chuenpagdee, R., Jentoft, S., Bavinck, M., & Kooiman, J. (2013). Governability - new directions in fisheries governance. In M. Bavinck, R. Chuenpagdee, S. Jentoft, & J. Kooiman (Eds.), Governability of fisheries and aquaculture: theory and applications (pp. 3-8). (MARE publication series; No. 7). Dordrecht: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-6107-0_1  [details] 


  • Bavinck, M. (2012). Governance, poverty and social justice in the coastal fisheries of India. In N. Pouw, & I. Baud (Eds.), Local governance and poverty in developing nations (pp. 115-136). (Routledge studies in development and society; No. 31). New York: Routledge. [details] 
  • Bavinck, M. (2012). Job satisfaction in the shrimp trawl fisheries of Chennai, India. Social Indicators Research, 109(1), 53-66. DOI: 10.1007/s11205-012-0055-3  [details] 
  • Bavinck, M., Pollnac, R., Monnereau, I., & Failler, P. (2012). Introduction to the special issue on job satisfaction in fisheries in the global south. Social Indicators Research, 109(1), 1-10. DOI: 10.1007/s11205-012-0051-7  [details] 
  • 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] 
  • Pollnac, R., Bavinck, M., & Monnereau, I. (2012). Job satisfaction in fisheries compared. Social Indicators Research, 109(1), 119-133. DOI: 10.1007/s11205-012-0059-z  [details] 


  • Amarasinghe, O., & Bavinck, M. (2011). Building resilience: fisheries cooperatives in southern Sri Lanka. In S. Jentoft, & A. Eide (Eds.), Poverty mosaics: realities and prospects in small-scale fisheries (pp. 383-406). Dordrecht: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-1582-0_17  [details] 
  • Bavinck, M. (2011). The megaengineering of ocean fisheries: a century of expansion and rapidly closing frontiers. In S. D. Brunn (Ed.), Engineering earth (pp. 257-273). Dordrecht: Springer. [details] 
  • Bavinck, M. (2011). Wealth, poverty, and immigration: the role of institutions in the fisheries of Tamil Nadu, India. In S. Jentoft, & A. Eide (Eds.), Poverty mosaics: realities and prospects in small-scale fisheries (pp. 173-191). Dordrecht: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-1582-0_9  [details] 
  • Bavinck, M., & Vivekanandan, V. (2011). Conservation, conflict and the governance of fisher wellbeing: analysis of the establishment of the Gulf of Mannar National Park and Biosphere Reserve. Environmental Management, 47(4), 593-602. DOI: 10.1007/s00267-010-9578-z  [details] 
  • Eide, A., Bavinck, M., & Raakjær, J. (2011). Avoiding poverty: distributing wealth in fisheries. In S. Jentoft, & A. Eide (Eds.), Poverty mosaics: realities and prospects in small-scale fisheries (pp. 13-25). Dordrecht: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-1582-0_2  [details] 
  • Jentoft, S., Eide, A., Bavinck, M., Chuenpagdee, R., & Raakjær, J. (2011). A better future: prospects for small-scale fishing people. In S. Jentoft, & A. Eide (Eds.), Poverty mosaics: realities and prospects in small-scale fisheries (pp. 451-469). Dordrecht: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-1582-0_20  [details] 
  • Thorpe, A., Failler, P., & Bavinck, J. M. (2011). Marine protected areas (MPAs) special feature: editorial. Environmental Management, 47(4), 519-524. DOI: 10.1007/s00267-011-9664-x  [details] 
  • Thorpe, A., Bavinck, M., & Coulthard, S. (2011). Tracking the debate around marine protected areas: key issues and the BEG framework. Environmental Management, 47(4), 546-563. DOI: 10.1007/s00267-011-9632-5  [details] 


  • Bavinck, M., & Woodman, G. R. (2009). Can there be maps of law? In F. von Benda-Beckmann, K. von Benda-Beckmann, & A. Griffiths (Eds.), Spatializing law: an anthropological geography of law in society (pp. 195-218). (Law, justice, and power). Farnham: Ashgate. [details] 
  • Jentoft, S., Bavinck, M., Johnson, D. S., & Thomson, K. T. (2009). Fisheries co-management and legal pluralism: How an analytical problem becomes an institutional one. Human Organization, 68(1), 27-38. [details] 


  • Bavinck, M., & Salagrama, V. (2008). Assessing the governability of capture fisheries in the Bay of Bengal - a conceptual enquiry. Journal of Transdisciplinary Environmental Studies, 7(1), 1-13. [details] 
  • Bavinck, M., & Johnson, D. (2008). Handling the legacy of the blue revolution in India - social justice and small-scale fisheries in a negative growth scenario. American Fisheries Society Symposium, 585-599. [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] 
  • Kooiman, J., Bavinck, M., Chuenpagdee, R., Mahon, R., & Pullin, R. (2008). Interactive governance and governability: an introduction. Journal of Transdisciplinary Environmental Studies, 7(1), 1-11. [details] 


  • Bavinck, J. M., Simon Thomas, M. A., & Turner, B. (Eds.) (2015). Journal of legal pluralism and unofficial law (vol. 47, issue 3). Journal of legal pluralism and unofficial law, 47(3).
  • Bavinck, M., & Jyotishi, A. (2015). Conflict, negotiations and natural resource management: a legal pluralism perspective from India. (Routledge explorations in environmental studies). Abingdon: Routledge. [details] 


  • Bavinck, J. M., & Gupta, J. (Eds.) (2014). Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability (vol. 11). Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 11.
  • Bavinck, M., Pellegrini, L., & Mostert, E. (2014). Conflicts over natural resources in the Global South: conceptual approaches. (pp207). Leiden: CRC Press/Balkema. [details] 


  • Bavinck, M., Chuenpagdee, R., Jentoft, S., & Kooiman, J. (2013). Governability of fisheries and aquaculture: theory and applications. (MARE publication series; No. 7). Dordrecht: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-6107-0  [details] 


  • Bavinck, M., & Jentoft, S. (2011). Subsidiarity as a guiding principle for small-scale fisheries. In R. Chuenpagdee (Ed.), World small-scale fisheries: contempary visions (pp. 311-320). Delft: Eburon. [details] 
  • Le Tissier, M., Roth, D., Bavinck, M., & Visser, L. (2011). Integrated coastal management: from post-graduate to professional coastal manager: a teaching manual. Delft: Eburon. [details] 


  • Johnson, D., & Bavinck, M. (2010). Social justice and fisheries in India: social justice and fisheries governance: the view from India. Rome: FAO. [details] 


  • Bavinck, M., & Jentoft, S. (2011). Imagining the future for small-scale fisheries: moving forward on the subsidiarity principle. Common Voices, 5, 20-21. [details] 


  • Bavinck, M. (2009). Building sustainable governance: Interactive governance and the wellbeing of the coastal poor. Sussex: Institute of Development Studies (IDS). [details] 
  • Bavinck, M. (2009). Kastenraden en visserijbeheer in India. Geografie, 18(9), 26-28. [details] 


  • Bavinck, J. M., & Rutten, M. A. F. (2008). The flowering relationship between Amsterdam University and Indian academia. In N. D. Sabharwal (Ed.), Changing images, lasting visions: India and the Netherlands (pp. 179-180). Amsterdam: Nieuw Amsterdam. [details] 
  • Bavinck, M. (2008). Collective strategies and windfall catches: fisher responses to tsunami relief efforts in South India. Trans/forming Cultures eJournal, 3(2), 76-92. [details] 
  • Bavinck, M., & Jentoft, S. (2008). Imagining the future. Samudra Report, 2008(11), 41-43. [details] 
  • Salz, P., Hoefnagel, E., Bavinck, M., Hoex, L., Bokhorst, J., Blok, A., & Quaedvlieg, J. (2008). Maatschappelijke gevolgen van de achteruitgang in de visserij. (LEI rapport; No. 2008-020). Den Haag: LEI Wageningen UR. [details] 


  • Bavinck, J. M. (editor) (2001-2021). MAST : maritime studies (Journal).


  • Gupta, J. (invited speaker) & Bavinck, J. M. (invited speaker) (27-6-2015). Inclusive development and coastal development, MARE Academic Conference: People and the Sea VIII.
  • Gupta, J. (invited speaker) & Bavinck, J. M. (invited speaker) (25-6-2014). Towards an elaborate theory on legal pluralism and Aquatic Governance, EADI conference, Bonn.
  • Bavinck, J. M. (invited speaker) & Gupta, J. (invited speaker) (25-6-2014). Pluralism in Freshwater and Marine Governance: A Challenge for Earth System Governance Architecture, EADI conference.
  • Bavinck, J. M. (invited speaker) (22-10-2012). Caste law and the regulation of ocean fisheries, Distinguished lecturer seminar, South Asia Institute, Columbia University, New York.
  • Bavinck, J. M. (invited speaker) (19-10-2012). Legal pluralism in South Indian fisheries: a typology of interplays, Asian Studies Seminar, Center for Asian Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder.


  • Bavinck, J. M. (organiser), Parthasarathy, D. (organiser), Corradi, G. (organiser) & Amien, W. (organiser) (14-12-2015 - 16-12-2015). International conference of the Commission on Legal Pluralism, in collaboration with IIT-Bombay, Mumbai, India. Normative Interfaces of Globalization and High-Tech Capitalism: Legal Pluralism and the Neo-Liberal Turn (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Bavinck, J. M. (organiser) & Brown, A. (organiser) (24-6-2015 - 26-6-2015). MARE People and the Sea Conference, Amsterdam. MARE conference 'Geopolitics of the Oceans' (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Bavinck, J. M. (organiser) (5-8-2013 - 10-8-2013). International conference 'Evolving Humanity, Emerging Worlds' - section legal pluralism, Manchester, UK. Chair organizing committee (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Bavinck, J. M. (organiser) (26-6-2013 - 28-6-2013). International conference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Organizer of the People and the Sea VII - Maritime Futures (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Bavinck, J. M. (organiser) (25-6-2013 - 26-6-2013). CERES Summer School 2013, Amsterdam. Member of organizing committee (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Bavinck, J. M. (organiser) & Nencel, L. S. (organiser) (25-6-2012 - 26-6-2012). CERES Summerschool, Amsterdam. INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT STUDIES: A CHALLENGE FOR THE FUTURE? (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
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