Louise Teh

Research Associate

Fisheries Economics Research Unit


Contact Information

Email: l.teh@oceans.ubc.ca
Website: Fisheries Economics Research Unit

Research Interests

Small-scale fisheries, socio-economic analysis of fisheries, coral reef conservation, scenario development and analysis, social-ecological systems, human dimensions of fisheries management


Louise completed her PhD in the Resource Management and Environmental Studies programme at the University of British Columbia. Her research focuses on how interactions between humans and marine ecosystems impact fisheries sustainability. Louise’s work covers global and local scales, ranging from global biodiversity assessments to socio-economic analysis of small-scale fisheries. She has a particular interest is in small-scale fisheries of developing countries, and has been involved in marine conservation projects on valuing marine turtle conservation, marine protected area management, and climate change adaptation.

Selected Publications:

Teh, L.S.L., Cashion, T., Cheung, W.W.L., Sumaila, U.R. (2020) Taking stock: a Large Marine Ecosystem perspective of socio-economic and ecological trends in East China Sea fisheries. Rev Fish Biol Fisheries. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11160-020-09599-8

Teh, L.S.L, Bond, N., KC, K., Fraser, E., Seng, R., Sumaila, U.R. (2019). The economic impact of global change on fishing and non-fishing households in the Tonle Sap ecosystem, Pursat, Cambodia. Fisheries Research 210: 71-80.

Teh, L., Sumaila, U.R. (2019). Economic and Social Benefits of Fisheries Rebuilding: Six Canadian Case Studies. Oceana Canada, Toronto, Canada.

Teh LSL, Cheung WWL, Christensen V, Sumaila UR. 2018. Can we meet the Target? Status and future trends for fisheries sustainability. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 29: 118-130

Teh LSL, Teh LCL, Jolis G. 2018. An economic approach to marine megafauna conservation in the Coral Triangle: Marine turtles in Sabah, Malaysia. Marine Policy 89: 1-10

Teh, L.S.L., Hotte, N. & Sumaila, U.R. 2017. Having it all: can fisheries buybacks achieve capacity, economic, ecological, and social objectives? Maritime Studies 16: 1

Teh LSL, Cheung WWL, Sumaila UR. 2016. Scenarios for investigating the future of Canada’s oceans and marine fisheries under environmental and socioeconomic change. Regional Environmental Change doi:10.1007/s10113-016-1081-5

Teh LSL, Lam VWY, Cheung WWL, Miller D, Teh LCL, Sumaila UR (2016) Impact of High Seas Closure on Food Security in Low Income Fish Dependent Countries. PLoS ONE 11(12): e0168529.

Teh, L.S.L., Witter, A., Cheung, W.W.L., Sumaila, U.R., Yin, X.Y. (2016) What is at stake? Status and threats to South China Sea marine fisheries. Ambio doi:10.1007/s13280-016-0819-0

Cheung, W. W. L., Jones, M. C., Lam, V. W. Y., D Miller, D., Ota, Y., Teh, L. and Sumaila, U. R. (2016). Transform high seas management to build climate resilience in marine seafood supply. Fish Fish. doi:10.1111/faf.12177

Cisneros-Montemayor, A.M., Cheung, W.W.L., Bodtker, K., Teh, L., Steiner, N., Bailey, M., Hoover, C., Sumaila, U.R. (2016) Towards an integrated database on Canadian ocean resources: benefits, current states, and research gaps. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences doi 10.1139/cjfas-2015-0573

Pendleton, L., Comte, A., Langdon, C., Ekstrom, J. Cooley, S., Suatoni, L., Beck, M., Brander, L., Burke, L., Cinner, J., Doherty, C., Edwards, P., Gledhill, D., Jiang, L., van Hooidonk, R., Teh, L., Waldbusser, G.G., Ritter, J. (accepted) Coral reefs and people in a high CO2 world: Where can science make a difference to people? PLoSONE 11(11): e0164699. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0164699

Bailey, M., Favaro, B., Otto, S.P., Charles, A., Devillers, R. Teh, L. et al (2016). Canada at a crossroad: The imperative for realigning ocean policy with ocean science. Marine Policy 63: 53-60.

Teh, L.S.L., Teh, L.C.L., Hines, E., Junchompoo, C., Lewison, R. Contextualising the coupled socio-ecological conditions of marine megafauna bycatch. Ocean & Coastal Management 116: 449-465.

Teh, L.S.L., Sumaila, U.R. (2015) Global trends in shared fisheries. Marine Ecology Progress Series 530: 243-254.

Sumaila, U.R., Lam, V.W.Y., Miller, D., Teh, L., Watson, R.A. et al. (2015) Winners and losers in a world where the high seas is closed to fishing. Scientific Reports 5 doi:10.1038/srep08481

Marques, A., Pereira, H.M., Krug, C., Leadley, P.W., Teh, L.S.L et al. (2014). A framework to identify enabling and urgent actions for the 2020 Aichi Targets. Basic and Applied Ecology 15: 633-638.

Tittensor, D.P., Walpole, M., Hill, S.L.L., Boyce, D.G., Teh, L.S.L et al. (2014). A mid-term analysis of progress toward international biodiversity targets. Science 346: 241-244.

Teh, L.S.L. Teh, L.C.L., Sumaila, U.R. (2014) Time preference of small-scale fishers in open access and traditionally managed reef fisheries. Marine Policy 44: 222-231.

Leadley, P.W., Krug, C.B., Alkemade, R., Pereira, H.M., Sumaila, U.R., Walpole, M. Marques, A., Newbold, T., Teh, L.S.L., et al. (2014). Progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets: An assessment of biodiversity trends, policy scenarios and key actions. Technical Series 78. Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Montreal.

Kok, M., Alkemade, R., Bakkenes, M., Boelee, E., Teh, L. et al. (2014) How sectors can contribute to sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity. Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Montreal.

Teh, L.C.L., Teh, L.S.L., Jumin R (2013) Combining human preference and biodiversity priorities for marine protected area site selection in Sabah, Malaysia. Biological Conservation 167: 396-404.

Teh, L.S.L., Teh, L.C.L., Sumaila, U.R. (2013) A global estimate of the number of coral reef fishers. PLoS ONE 8(6): e65397.

Teh, L.S.L., Teh, L.C.L., Sumaila, U.R., Cheung, W. (2013). Time discounting and the overexploitation of coral reefs.

Environmental and Resource Economics DOI 10.1007.s10640-013-9674-7.

Teh, L.C.L., Teh, L.S.L., Meitner, M. (2012) Preferred resource spaces and fisher flexibility: Implications for spatial

management of small-scale fisheries. Human Ecology: 40:213-226.

Teh, L.C.L., Teh, L.S.L., Pitcher, T. (2012) A tool for site prioritisation of marine protected area under data poor

conditions. Marine Policy: 36: 1290-1300.

Teh, L.C.L., Teh, L.S.L. (2011) A fuzzy logic approach to marine spatial management. Environmental Management. 47:


Teh, L.S.L., Teh L.C.L., Sumaila, U.R. (2011) Low discounting behaviour among small-scale fishers in Fiji and Sabah,

Malaysia. Sustainability 3: 897-913.

Teh, L.S.L., Teh, L.C.L., Sumaila, U.R. (2011) Quantifying the overlooked socio-economic contribution of small-scale fisheries in Sabah, Malaysia. Fisheries Research 110(3): 450-458.

Sumaila, U.R., Khan, A., Teh, L., Watson, R., Tyedmers, P., Pauly, D. (2010) Subsidies to high seas bottom trawl fleet and the sustainability of deep sea benthic fish stocks. Marine Policy 34(3): 495-497.

Kam, S.P, Badjeck, M.C., Teh, L., Teh, L., Bé Năm, V.T., Hiền, T.T., Huệ, N.T, Phillips, M., Pomeroy, R. , Sinh, L.X. (2010) Economics of adaptation to climate change in Vietnam’s aquaculture sector: A case study. Report to the World Bank.

Sumaila, U.R., Khan, A., Teh, L., Watson, R., Tyedmers, P., Pauly, D. (2010) Subsidies to high seas bottom trawl fleet and the sustainability of deep sea benthic fish stocks. Marine Policy 34(3): 495-497.

Teh, L.C.L., Teh, L.S.L., Starkhouse, B., Sumaila, U.R. (2009) An overview of socio-economic and ecological perspectives of Fiji’s inshore reef fisheries. Marine Policy 33: 807-817.

Teh, L.S.L., Teh, L.C.L., Starkhouse, B., Kuridrani, N., Sumaila, U.R., Sadovy de Mitcheson, Y., Zeller, D. (2008) Preliminary assessment of the socio-economic importance of export trade in coral reef resources on Fijian society. Proceedings of the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, 7-11 July 2008. Vol.2: 1055-1059.

Teh, L.C.L, Teh, L.S.L, Chung, F.C. (2008) A private management approach to coral reef conservation in Sabah, Malaysia. Biodiversity and Conservation 17(13):3061-3077.

Teh, L., Cheung, W.W.L., Cornish, A., Chu, C., Sumaila, U.R. (2008) A Survey of Alternative Livelihood Options for Hong Kong’s Fishers. International Journal of Social Economics 35(5): 380-395.

Sumaila, U.R., Teh, L., Watson, R., Tyedmers, P., Pauly, D. (2008) Fuel prices, subsidies, overcapacity, and resource sustainability. ICES Journal of Marine Science 65(6): 832-840.

Teh, L.S.L., Zeller, D., Cabanban, A.S., Teh, L.C.L., Sumaila, U.R. (2007) Seasonality and Historic Trends in the Reef Fisheries of Pulau Banggi, Sabah, Malaysia. Coral Reefs 26 (2) 251-263.

Teh, L., Sumaila, U.R. (2007) Malthusian Overfishing in Pulau Banggi? Marine Policy 31 (4): 451-457.

Teh, L., Cabanban, A.S., Sumaila, U.R. (2005) The reef fisheries of Pulau Banggi, Sabah: A preliminary profile and assessment of ecological and socio-economic sustainability. Fisheries Research 76: 359-367.