About

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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Research
  • small-scale fisheries, social-ecological systems, co-management, vulnerability
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Australian Research Council - Centres of Excellence

ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrated Coral Reef Studies

Indicative Funding
$28,000,000 over 7 years
Summary
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.
Investigators
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)
Keywords
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
Summary
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.
Investigators
Joshua Cinner (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)
Keywords
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
Summary
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.
Investigators
Joshua Cinner (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)
Keywords
Coral Reefs; Development; Markets; Biodiversity; Socioeconomics

Paul M Angell Family Foundation - Grant

Learning from coral reef 'bright spots'

Indicative Funding
$99,337
Summary
This project aims to uncover novel solutions to the global problem of unsustainable coral reef fisheries by locating and learning from 'bright pots' in reef governance. In this case, bright spots are reefs in better condition than they should be, given the pressures they are exposed to (eg markets and human population). This proposal aims to build on my initial proof-of-concept by supporting fieldwork to uncover what makes bright spots bright, ie the social, economic, and institutional conditions that enable coral reef bright pots to withstand the pressures that caused other places to collapse.
Investigators
Joshua Cinner (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)
Keywords
Coral Reef; fisheries; positive deviance; Markets; drivers; Resilience
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  • Non-Compliance in Marine Reserves. (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Navigating International Conflicts in the Governance of Shared Stocks (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Winners and Losers in Coral Reefs: Access, Equity and Ecosystem Services (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Using fisheries dependent data and socio-economic indicators to develop ecosystem based fisheries management tools (PhD , Primary Advisor)
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