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Dr. J. (Joeri) Scholtens

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
GPIO : Governance and Inclusive Development

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 129
  • Room number: B4.00
Postal address
  • Postbus 15629
    1001 NC Amsterdam
  • Short Bio

    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. 


  • Publications


    • Gupta, J., Liverman, D., Prodani, K., Aldunce, P., Bai, X., Broadgate, W., Ciobanu, D., Gifford, L., Gordon, C., Hurlbert, M., Inoue, C. Y. A., Jacobson, L., Kanie, N., Lade, S. J., Lenton, T. M., Obura, D., Okereke, C., Otto, I. M., Pereira, L., ... Verburg, P. H. (2023). Earth system justice needed to identify and live within Earth system boundaries. Nature Sustainability, 6(6), 630-638. Advance online publication. [details]
    • Rammelt, C. F., Gupta, J., Liverman, D., Scholtens, J., Ciobanu, D., Abrams, J. F., Bai, X., Gifford, L., Gordon, C., Hurlbert, M., Inoue, C. Y. A., Jacobson, L., Lade, S. J., Lenton, T. M., Armstrong McKay, D. I., Nakicenovic, N., Okereke, C., Otto, I. M., Pereira, L. M., ... Zimm, C. (2023). Impacts of meeting minimum access on critical earth systems amidst the Great Inequality. Nature Sustainability, 6, 212-221. [details]
    • Rockström, J., Gupta, J., Qin, D., Lade, S. J., Andersen, L. S., Armstrong McKay, D. I., Bai, X., Bala, G., Bunn, S. E., Ciobanu, D., DeClerck, F., Ebi, K., Gifford, L., Gordon, C., Hasan, S., Kanie, N., Lenton, T. M., Loriani, S., Liverman, D. M., ... Zhang, X. (2023). Safe and just Earth system boundaries. Nature, 619, 102-111. Advance online publication.
    • Subramanian, K., Bavinck, M., Scholtens, J., Hapke, H. M., & Jyotishi, A. (2023). How Seafood Wholesale Markets Matter for Urban Food Security: Evidence from Chennai, India. European Journal of Development Research, 35(3), 579-601. Advance online publication. [details]



    • Büscher, B., Feola, G., Fischer, A., Fletcher, R., Gerber, J-F., Harcourt, W., Koster, M., Schneider, M., Scholtens, J., Spierenburg, M., Walstra, V., & Wiskerke, H. (2021). Planning for a world beyond COVID-19: Five pillars for post-neoliberal development. World Development, 140, Article 105357. [details]
    • Gupta, J., Bavinck, M., Ros-Tonen, M., Asubonteng, K., Bosch, H., van Ewijk, E., Hordijk, M., Van Leynseele, Y., Lopes Cardozo, M., Miedema, E., Pouw, N., Rammelt, C., Scholtens, J., Vegelin, C., & Verrest, H. (2021). COVID-19, poverty and inclusive development. World Development, 145, Article 105527. Advance online publication. [details]
    • Gupta, J., Liverman, D., Bai, X., Gordon, C., Hurlbert, M., Inoue, C. Y. A., Jacobson, L., Kanie, N., Lenton, T. M., Obura, D., Otto, I. M., Okereke, C., Pereira, L., Prodani, K., Rammelt, C., Scholtens, J., Tàbara, J. D., Verburg, P. H., Gifford, L., & Ciobanu, D. (2021). Reconciling safe planetary targets and planetary justice: Why should social scientists engage with planetary targets? Earth System Governance, 10, Article 100122. Advance online publication. [details]
    • Jyotishi, A., Scholtens, J., Viswanathan, G., Gupta, P., & Bavinck, M. (2021). A tale of fish in two cities: consumption patterns of low-income households in South India. Journal of Social and Economic Development, 23(2), 240–257. [details]
    • Scholtens, J., Johnson, D., Jentoft, S., Ros-Tonen, M., Chuenpagdee, R., Gupta, J., Kraan, M., Menon, A., & Roth, D. (2021). Forging connections, pursuing social justice: a tribute to Maarten Bavinck’s conceptual and institution-building contributions to maritime studies. Maritime Studies, 20(4), 449-458. Advance online publication. [details]



    • Bennett, N. J., Cisneros-Montemayor, A. M., Blythe, J., Silver, J. J., Singh, G., Andrews, N., Calò, A., Christie, P., Di Franco, A., Finkbeiner, E. M., Gelcich, S., Guidetti, P., Harper, S., Hotte, N., Kittinger, J. N., Le Billon, P., Lister, J., López de la Lama, R., McKinley, E., ... Rashid Sumaila, U. (2019). Towards a sustainable and equitable blue economy. Nature Sustainability, 2(11), 991–993. Advance online publication. [details]
    • Scholtens, J., Song, A. M., Stephen, J., García Chavez, C., Bavinck, M., & Sowman, M. (2019). Transdisciplinary Engagement to Address Transboundary Challenges for Small-Scale Fishers. In R. Chuenpagdee, & S. Jentoft (Eds.), Transdisciplinarity for Small-Scale Fisheries Governance: Analysis and Practice (pp. 321-340). (MARE Publication Series; Vol. 24). Springer. Advance online publication. [details]




    • 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. Advance online publication. http://10.18352/ijc.627 [details]



    • Barange, M., Merino, G., Blanchard, J. L., Scholtens, J., Harle, J., Allison, E. H., Allen, J. I., Holt, J., & Jennings, S. (2014). Impacts of climate change on marine ecosystem production in societies dependent on fisheries. Nature Climate Change, 4(march), 211-216. Advance online publication. [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. [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). Springer. [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. [details]



    • 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., van Haastrecht, E. K., van de Loo, T. J. C., Quaedvlieg, J. G. J., & Scholtens, J. (2008). Time-zoning for the safe-guarding of capture fisheries: a closed season in Tamil Nadu, India. Marine Policy, 32, 369-378. [details]



    • McClain, S. N., McMullen, C. P., Abiodun, B. J., Armiento, G., Bailey, R., Balasubramanian, R., Barra, R., Bowen, K. J., Crump, J., Dankelman, I., DePryck, K., Djalante, R., Dutta, M., Gemenne, F., Godfrey, L., Grellier, J., Halalsheh, M., Hurley, F., Iraola, M. J., ... Zickgraf, C. (2019). Cross-cutting Issues. In P. Ekins, J. Gupta, & P. Boileau (Eds.), Global Environment Outlook – GEO-6: Healthy Planet, Healthy People (pp. 75-103). Cambridge University Press. [details]
    • Scholten, J., & Jyotishi, A. (2019). Whose sea is it anyways. In S. Narain (Ed.), State of India’s Environment 2019: A Down to Earth annual (pp. 226-229). Center for Science and Environment. [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]


    Talk / presentation

    • Gupta, J. (speaker), Perch, L. (speaker), Dankelman, I. (speaker), Seager, J. (speaker), Scholtens, J. (speaker), Mullaney, E. (speaker), Sándor, F. (speaker) & Jones, M. (speaker) (6-11-2018). Re-imagining DPSIR from an equity and inclusive development perspective, Earth System Governance Conference.


    • Bavinck, M. (member of programme committee) & Scholtens, J. (member of programme committee) (25-6-2019). MARE People and the Sea X Conference, Amsterdam. MARE People and the Sea X Conference (organising a conference, workshop, ...).


    • Scholtens, J. (2016). Fishing in the margins: North Sri Lankan fishers’ struggle for access in transboundary waters. [Thesis, fully internal, Universiteit van Amsterdam]. [details]
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