Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor

Deputy Director and Principal Investigator
Nippon Foundation Ocean Nexus Program

Research Associate
Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries

PhD, Resource Management and Environmental Studies, University of British Columbia
MSc, Resource Management and Environmental Studies, University of British Columbia
BSc, Marine Biology, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur



Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor (PhD) is a resource economist specializing in marine systems and cross-scale development policy. He is Deputy Director of the Nippon Foundation Ocean Nexus Program and Research Associate at the University of British Columbia. Linking field, theoretical, and policy work, he studies the economics of ecotourism, competing fishing sectors, alternative management strategies, and ecosystem and social-ecological approaches to policy in multi-stakeholder contexts. An important aspect of this work involves the dynamics between commercial, recreational, social and cultural benefits within complex social-ecological systems.

Research Interests

Resource Economics, Blue Economy, Fisheries, Ecotourism, Indigenous Fisheries, Artisanal Fisheries, Social Equity, Latin America

Contact Information


Nippon Foundation Ocean Nexus Program

Social Media

Twitter: @AndresMCisneros

Selected Publications

Cisneros-Montemayor AM, M Moreno-Báez M, Voyer M, Allison EH, Cheung WWL, Hessing-Lewis M, Oyinlola M, Singh GG, Swartz W, Ota Y (2019) Social equity and benefits as the nexus of a transformative Blue Economy: A sectoral review of implications. Marine Policy

Cisneros-Montemayor AM, Zetina-Rejón MJ, Espinosa-Romero MJ, Cisneros-Mata MA, Singh GG, Fernández-Rivera Melo FJ (2020) Evaluating ecosystem impacts for data-limited artisanal fisheries through ecosystem modelling and traditional fisher knowledge. Ocean & Coastal Management

Cisneros-Montemayor AM, Crosman KM, Ota Y (2020) A green new deal for the oceans must prioritize social justice beyond infrastructure. Conservation Letters

Cisneros-Montemayor AM, Ishimura G, Munro GR, Sumaila UR (2020) Ecosystem-based management adds support for cooperation in transboundary fisheries: The case of Pacific sardine. Fisheries Research 221: 105401.

Cisneros-Montemayor AM, Sumaila UR (2019) Busting myths that hinder an agreement to end harmful fisheries subsidies. Marine Policy

Cisneros-Montemayor AM, Cashion T, Miller DD, Tai TC, Talloni-Álvarez N, Weiskel HW, Sumaila UR (2018) Achieving sustainable and equitable fisheries requires nuanced policies not silver bullets. Nature Sustainability 2: 1334

Cisneros-Montemayor AM, Singh GG, Cheung WWL (2017) A fuzzy logic expert system for evaluating policy progress towards sustainability goals. Ambio.

Cisneros-Montemayor AM, Pauly D, Weatherdon LW, Ota Y (2016) A global estimate of seafood consumption by coastal Indigenous peoples. PLoS One 11 (1): e0166681

Cisneros-Montemayor AM, Cheung WWL, Bodtker K, Teh L, Steiner N, Bailey M, Hoover C, Sumaila UR (2016) Towards an integrated database of Canadian ocean resources: benefits, current states, and research gaps. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 74 (1): 65-74

Cisneros-Montemayor AM, Vincent ACJ (2016) Science, society, and flagship species: social and political history as keys to conservation outcomes in the Gulf of California. Ecology and Society 21 (2): 9