- small-scale fisheries, social-ecological systems, co-management, vulnerability
- Research Disciplines
Dr Joshua Cinner grew up in Amherst, Massachusetts, USA. He completed a Master’s degree in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island in 2000, and received a PhD from James Cook University in 2006. His research focuses on using social science to improve coral reef management. The interest in this field began in 1996 while working as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in the Montego Bay Marine Park in Jamaica, where he witnessed first hand how conventional conservation strategies were failing because they did not understand or reflect the social, economic, and cultural needs of resource users.
He has since worked with various coastal peoples in the Pacific Islands, South East Asia, East Africa, and the Caribbean to better understand how socioeconomic factors influence the ways in which people use, perceive, and govern coral reefs.
Joshua's work draws together a wide range of social science disciplines (including human geography, common property, anthropology, and conservation policy) and He often works closely with ecologists on interdisciplinary research topics. Increasingly, his research is moving beyond the case study approach toward a ‘big picture’ comparative exploration of human-environment interactions.
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- Journal Articles
- Arias A, Pressey R, Jones R, Alvarez-Romero J and Cinner J (2016) Optimizing enforcement and compliance in offshore marine protected areas: a case study from Cocos Island, Costa Rica. Oryx, 50 (1). pp. 18-26
- Cinner J, Pratchett M, Graham N, Messmer V, Fuentes M, Ainsworth T, Ban N, Bay L, Blythe J, Dissard D, Dunn S, Evans L, Fabinyi M, Fidelman P, Figueiredo J, Frisch A, Fulton C, Hicks C, Lukoschek V, Mallela J, Moya A, Penin L, Rummer J, Walker S and Williamson D (2016) A framework for understanding climate change impacts on coral reef social–ecological systems. Regional Environmental Change, 16 (4). pp. 1133-1146
- Gurney G, Cinner J, Sartin J, Pressey R, Ban N, Marshall N and Prabuning D (2016) Participation in devolved commons management: multiscale socioeconomic factors related to individuals' participation in community-based management of marine protected areas in Indonesia. Environmental Science & Policy, 61. pp. 212-220
- McClanahan T, Sebastián C and Cinner J (2016) Simulating the outcomes of resource user- and rule-based regulations in a coral reef fisheries-ecosystem model. Global Environmental Change, 38. pp. 58-69
- 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 and Ritter J (2016) Coral reefs and people in a high-CO2 world: where can science make a difference to people? PLoS ONE, 11 (11). pp. 1-21
- Aguilera S, Cole J, Finkbeiner E, Le Cornu E, Ban N, Carr M, Cinner J, Crowder L, Gelcich S, Hicks C, Kittinger J, Martone R, Malone D, Pomeroy C, Starr R, Seram S, Zuercher R and Broad K (2015) Managing small-scale commercial fisheries for adaptive capacity: insights from dynamic social-ecological drivers of change in Monterey Bay. PLoS One, 10 (3). pp. 1-22
- Arias A, Cinner J, Jones R and Pressey R (2015) Levels and drivers of fishers' compliance with marine protected areas. Ecology and Society, 20 (4). pp. 1-14
- Bergseth B, Russ G and Cinner J (2015) Measuring and monitoring compliance in no-take marine reserves. Fish and Fisheries, 16 (2). pp. 240-258
- Biggs D, Hicks C, Cinner J and Hall C (2015) Marine tourism in the face of global change: the resilience of enterprises to crises in Thailand and Australia. Ocean & Coastal Management, 105. pp. 65-74
- Cinner J, Huchery C, Hicks C, Daw T, Marshall N, Wamukota A and Allison E (2015) Changes in adaptive capacity of Kenyan fishing communities. Nature Climate Change, 5 (9). pp. 872-876
- Cinner J and McClanahan T (2015) A sea change on the African coast? Preliminary social and ecological outcomes of a governance transformation in Kenyan fisheries. Global Environmental Change, 30. pp. 133-139
- Book Chapters
- Cinner J and Kittinger J (2015) Linkages between social systems and coral reefs. In: Ecology of Fishes on Coral Reefs. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 215-220
ResearchOnline@JCU stores 121+ research outputs authored by Prof Joshua Cinner from 2004 onwards.
- Current Funding
Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.
Australian Research Council - Centres of Excellence
ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrated Coral Reef Studies
- Indicative Funding
- $28,000,000 over 7 years
- The overarching aim of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrated Coral Reef Studies is to provide the scientific knowledge necessary for sustaining ecosystem goods and services of the world's coral reefs, which support the livelihoods and food security of millions of people in the tropics. The Centre will enhance Australia's global leadership in coral reef science through three ambitious research programs addressing the future of coral reefs and their ability to adapt to change. A key outcome of the research will be providing tangible benefits to all Australians by bui8lding bridges between the natural and social sciences, strengthening capacity, and informing and supporting transformative changes in coral reef governance and management.
- Terry Hughes, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Malcolm McCulloch, Peter Mumby, Sean Connolly, John Pandolfi, Bob Pressey, Bette Willis, Andrew Baird, David Bellwood, Joshua Cinner, Sophie Dove, Sylvain Foret, Nick Graham, Mia Hoogenboom, Geoff Jones, Mike Kingsford, Ryan Lowe, Mark McCormick, David Miller, Philip Munday, Morgan Pratchett and Garry Russ in collaboration with Neil Andrew, Jeremy Jackson, Janice Lough, Laurence McCook, Stephen Palumbi, Serge Planes and Madeleine van Oppen (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, The University of Queensland, The University of Western Australia, College of Science & Engineering, Australian National University, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, WorldFish, International Union for Conservation of Nature, Australian Institute of Marine Science, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Stanford University and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)
- coral reef ecosystems; Climate Change Adaptation; ecological resilience; biodiversity goods and services; social-ecological dynamics
Australian Research Council - Discovery - Future Fellowships
Identifying and learning from bright spots in coral reef governance
- Indicative Funding
- $940,000 over 5 years
- This project aims to solve the global problem of unsustainable coral reef fisheries by locating and learning from `bright spots? in reefs. Bright spots are reefs in better condition than they should be, given the multiple drivers (e.g. markets and human population pressures) to which they are exposed. This project will use a global-scale analysis to identify bright spots, and field-based research to uncover the enabling social, economic and institutional conditions. Understanding these enabling conditions should help to formulate policy levers for more sustainable reef governance in other regions.
- Joshua Cinner (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)
- Bright Spots; Markets; Coral Reefs; social-ecological
Pew Charitable Trusts - Marine Fellows
Bright spots in the world's coral reefs
- Indicative Funding
- $197,670 over 3 years
- I propose to conduct a 'bright spot' analysis for marine conservation. Bright spot (also called positive deviance) analyses rely on finding, and then learning from, 'positive' anomalies - in this case, the bright spots will be reefs that are in better condition than they should be, given the drivers (eg markets and human population pressures) to which they are exposed. Bright spot analyses have been used in fields such as nutrition to identify transformative solutions that have dramatically reduced malnutrition in some of the poorest places in the world. This project will use a global-scale analysis to identify bright spots in the world's coral reefs, and field-based research to uncover the enabling social, economic, and institutional conditions that have made it possible. These enabling conditions will then be used to formulate policy levers for more sustainable reef governance in other regions. This project will aims to uncover novel solutions to the global challenges confronting our oceans.
- Joshua Cinner (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)
- Coral Reefs; Development; Markets; Biodiversity; Socioeconomics
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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.
- Navigating International Conflicts in the Governance of Shared Stocks (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Social - Ecological Dynamics of Coral Reef Fisheries. (PhD, Associate Advisor)
- Using fisheries dependent data and socio-economic indicators to develop ecosystem based fisheries management tools (PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Non-Compliance in Marine Reserves. (PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Winners and Losers in Coral Reefs: Access, Equity and Ecosystem Services (PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Fear of Fishers: Anti-Predator Behaviour of Coral Reef Fish and its Relevance to Fisheries Management and Conservation. (2013, PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Ecosystem service values and societal settings for coral reef governance (2013, PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Understanding and integrating socioeconomic factors into the design and management of marine protected areas (2015, PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Vulnerability to fishing in reef fishes that aggregate (2016, PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Avoiding and reversing "paper parks": integrating fishers' compliance into marine conservation efforts (2016, PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Social determinants of the exploitation and management of coral reef resources in Solomon Islands (2013, PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Investigating Spatial Aspects of the Community-based Management of a Small-scale Artisanal Grouper Fishery (2017, PhD, Primary Advisor)
These are the most recent metadata records associated with this researcher. To see a detailed description of all dataset records, visit the JCU Research Data Catalogue.
- Waldie, P. (2017) Investigating spatial aspects of the community-based management of a small-scale artisanal grouper fishery . James Cook University
- Robinson, J. (2016) Expert interview data for a risk assessment of spawning aggregation fisheries . James Cook University
- Robinson, J. (2016) Multi-species grouper spawning aggregation fishery study in Papua New Guinea. James Cook University
- Robinson, J. (2015) The role of fisher knowledge on the susceptibility of spawning aggregations to fishing: interview data from Papua New Guinea. James Cook University
- Graham, N. (2012) Coral reef benthic and fish surveys in Papua New Guinea. James Cook University
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