Anastasia is a 5th year PhD student advised by Dr. Xavier Basurto at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. She critically studies community-based fisheries management and conservation in the global South using common-pool resource theory, political ecology, fisheries anthropology, and social-ecological systems science.
Her dissertation examines a novel fisheries policy experiment in Mexico: the Fishing Refugia. Fishing Refugia are marine reserves generally designed by fishers for the purpose of fisheries management. The use of marine reserves for fisheries management is highly contested in the academic literature. However, the implementation of Fisheries Refugia in Mexico is explosively expanding (from 0 in 2011 to 39 in 2017) and is profoundly restructuring how fisheries officials interact with small-scale fishers. In three parts, my dissertation documents the implications of fishers designing marine reserves for fisheries management.
Anastasia is also interested in issues of social and environmental justice, gender equality including transgender rights, resisting racism and Islamophobia, and conservation.
As she finishes her dissertation, Anastasia is looking for work opportunities as either a postdoc, junior faculty, or applied research scientist at an NGO or funding agency. Please feel free to contact her at the email below.
Current Research Interests
Collective action around resource management and resource dilemmas
Small-scale fisheries interactions with marine conservation
Social-ecological systems in the Global South
Common pool resource theory
Mixed social science methods
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