OFI Master’s Fellowship in Gender and Fisheries @ Memorial University

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Applications are invited for a master’s fellowship studying gender and fisheries, with a special focus on dynamics of recruitment, training and retention. This fellowship is funded through the Ocean Frontier Institute and based at Memorial University in St. John’s Newfoundland. The successful candidate will join a multidisciplinary team of researchers from Sociology (Memorial) and the Environmental Policy Institute, Grenfell Campus (Memorial), and the University of Tromsø, Norway. Funding is available for two years at $21,500/year (benefits included).

Over the last 25 years, fisheries in Atlantic Canada, Norway, and elsewhere have experienced substantial changes in crew composition, spatial and mobility patterns, and technologies and gear. These changes are linked to the collapse of groundfish stocks and related moratoria, changing ecosystems, and governance-related changes in access to licenses and quotas, mediated by a professionalization process with related formal requirements for training/ experience. These trends raise important questions about intergenerational equity and resilience in fisheries and coastal communities.

The Master’s student will work in collaboration with co-investigators to explore the gender dynamics underlying current fisheries and ways to promote gender equality within the sector drawing on insights from earlier research on gender and fisheries and the impacts of the cod collapse (Neis, Gerrard and Power 2014), updating that for the current context, and identifying strategies for the future. Results will feed into work being done by a global gender and fisheries network through the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers.

The successful applicant will be accepted into the two-year, thesis based Master’s program in Sociology at Memorial with a start date of September 2019 or earlier, and a letter of commitment must be signed prior to March 31st 2019. We will begin reviewing applications January 31, 2019 and continue to review applications until the position is filled. Interested applicants should submit an official copy of their transcripts, statement of relevant research interests and activities (2 page maximum), and contact information for three referees to Dr. Nicole Power, Department of Sociology, Memorial University (npower@mun.ca).

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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