Postdoctoral Fellow: Ocean Equity and Blue Economy Analogues

Research Unit: Nippon Foundation Ocean Nexus Center
Supervisor: Dr. Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor
Location: UBC Point Grey Campus, Vancouver, B.C. but based at home during COVID 19 restrictions
Length of term: One year, renewable for a second year, with start date between November 2020 and January 2021

The Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries at the University of British Columbia invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow to work with the Nippon Foundation Ocean Nexus Center for research on the equity outcomes of ocean development. This position is for one year, renewable for a second year, with start date between November 2020 and January 2021. This position is part of an international and interdisciplinary research collaboration on the Blue Economy, its implications for future ocean policy, and the challenges and opportunities of ensuring that sustainable economic development fully considers social equity and cultural and political contexts and goals.

The main role of the postdoc will be to consider existing quantitative information on Blue Economy capacity in light of current national and international proposals for ocean development, with a view to suggesting which economic investments or policy decisions can help ocean sectors to support development goals. As a first step, a critical review will focus on identifying equity outcomes of historical ecosystem or fish stock recoveries in order to inform future ocean policy.

This position will be a fantastic opportunity to engage with cutting-edge research and ocean policy, and to connect with wide networks throughout the world. The Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries at UBC is one of the world’s leading research institutions for ocean sciences. The Nippon Foundation Ocean Nexus is an interdisciplinary research collaboration between the Nippon Foundation and over 20 research institutes throughout the world, focusing on research to help ensure that oceans benefit everyone, equitably. Candidates for the position should hold a PhD in Resource Economics, Development Studies, Marine Conservation, or a related discipline, and should have programming experience (e.g., R, Python).

This position will be supervised by Dr. Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor (UBC), and will involve close collaboration with research teams at UBC, the University of Washington, WorldFish Centre, Oregon State University, and the University of Wollongong.

Applications including CV; names, e-mails and phone numbers of three referees; and a short statement (up to 500 words) of research interests and suitability for the position should be sent to Dr. Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor (

The application deadline is November 20, 2020 but will be extended if a suitable candidate has not been found.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.