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Associate professor, University of Technology Sydney

Kate Barclay researches the social aspects of fisheries. Since the late 1990s she has researched the sustainable development of tuna resources in the island Pacific in the context of changing governance systems and globalization. Current projects include multidisciplinary work to evaluate the social and economic contributions fisheries make to coastal communities in New South Wales, and a governance analysis of the supply chain of beche de mer from Papua New Guinea to markets around Asia. Kate has been commissioned to do research for organizations including: WWF, Greenpeace, the United Nations Development Program, the European Parliament, and the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency, the World Bank, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

Kate is a member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee of the International Pole and Line Foundation, which promotes the development of socially and ecologically responsible tuna fisheries. She is also a member of the International Advisory Board of the BESTTuna project on Benefiting from Innovations in Sustainable and Equitable Tuna Management in the Coral Triangle and Western Pacific, based at the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands. She is on the editorial committees of journals Conservation and Society, and Portal: Multidisciplinary Journal of International Studies, and is a member of the Maricultures Environmental Research group at the Sydney Environment Institute.

Kate’s undergraduate teaching is in the International Studies program at the University of Technology Sydney. She is Course Coordinator for the Bachelor of Global Studies.

Kate supervises higher degree research students on topics including the international relations of fisheries, analysis of the governance of seafood value chains, fisheries and aquaculture in international development, and gender analysis in seafood industries.


  • 2001–present
    Academic, University of Technology Sydney


  • 2002 
    University of Technology Sydney, PhD International Studies
  • 1996 
    Australian National University, Master of Arts International Relations
  • 1991 
    Adelaide University, Bachelor of Arts


  • 2008
    A Japanese Joint Venture in the Pacific: Foreign Bodies in Tinned Tuna, Routledge
  • 2007
    Capturing Wealth from Tuna: Case Studies from the Pacific, ANU ePress

Research Areas

  • Fisheries Management (070403)
  • Social And Cultural Anthropology (160104)
  • Environmental Politics (160605)