Rupture, Gendered Adaptation, and the Social Economy of Indian Ocean Fisheries

Centre for Poverty Analysis


The objective of this proposed planning project is to convene an international, interdisciplinary group of scholars who conduct research on fisheries across four Indian Ocean countries - India, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, and Tanzania. Collectively, we plan to develop a comparative project that investigates emerging economic and environmental changes in the region and how these are mediated by intersectional social relations: gender, ethnicity/race, caste, class, and place. Our overarching research question is to understand how different regional social economies of fisheries in the Indian Ocean shape possibilities for adaptation to rupture.

Research Team

Principal Investigators

Gayathri Lokuge

Senior Researcher, Centre for Poverty Analysis

Amalendu Jyotishi

Faculty, School of Development, Azim Premji University

Holly Hapke

Director of Research Development, School of Social Sciences, UC Irvine


Karin Fernando

Senior Research Professional, Centre for Poverty Analysis

Derek Johnson

Professor, University of Manitoba

Kyoko Kusakabe

Professor, Asian Institute of Technology

Ajit Menon


Joeri Scholtens


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