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Ratana Chuenpagdee

University Research Professor, Memorial University of Newfoundland

I am currently leading a major global research partnership, Too Big To Ignore, which aims at elevating the profile of small-scale fisheries and rectifying their marginalization in national and international policies. As part of this project, I'm coordinating research and activities to support the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries, endorsed by member states of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 2014. My research emphasizes interdisciplinary approaches to coastal, fisheries and ocean governance, focusing particularly on small-scale fisheries, marine protected areas, community-based management, and food security.

From 2006 to 2016, I held the Canada Research Chair in Natural Resource Sustainability and Community Development at the Department of Geography, Memorial University. I am currently a University Research Professor at the same institution. I studied in Thailand, the US and UK and received a PhD from University of British Columbia, Canada. I have been doing research in many countries, including Cambodia, Canada, Malawi, Mexico, Spain and Thailand.


  • 2018–present
    University Research Professor, Memorial University
  • 2012–2018
    Professor, Memorial University
  • 2006–2016
    Canada Research Chair, Memorial University