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