Meira is a marine conservation scientist and postdoctoral research fellow with the Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture. Her current research is focused on examining coastal community livelihood needs in Western Philippines and Northern Indonesia. 

Meira’s research interests lie in developing approaches to integrate socioeconomic dimensions into Marine Protected Area (MPA) planning, with a particular focus on community-based management areas in the global tropics. This includes experimenting with conservation planning tools that draw from socioeconomic datasets, and transitioning these into real-life implementation.

Meira completed her PhD at JCU, where she investigated the socioeconomic factors that help to maximise the potential for MPA impact, from a global to local (Myanmar) scale. After completing her doctorate, Meira worked for the Wildlife Conservation Society Myanmar Programme, before returning to JCU as a research fellow. During and prior to her PhD, Meira worked in parallel in Belize, Cambodia and Myanmar for over seven years on MPA and community-based management area development.

  • Socioeconomic dimensions of Marine Protected Area planning
  • Small-scale fisheries management
  • Sustainable coastal livelihoods
  • Marine conservation in the global tropics
  • Human dimensions of shark conservation
  • 2021 to 2022 - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Coastal Livelihoods in the South China Sea, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2019 to 2022 - Marine Technical Advisor, Wildlife Conservation Society (Myanmar)
  • 2016 to 2019 - Marine Protected Areas Consultant, Fauna & Flora International (Myanmar and Cambodia)
  • 2014 to 2015 - Field Scientist, Blue Ventures (Belize)
  • 2013 to 2015 - Research Assistant, Agroforestry Agroforestry and Novel Crop Unit, James Cook University (Australia & Remote)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2021 - Dean’s Award for High Degree by Research Excellence, James Cook University
  • 2021 - Centre of Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture Research Excellence Award for Best PhD Thesis, James Cook University
  • 2018 to 2020 - Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship

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Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) - DFAT Administered (aid) Simple Grant Agreement

Building Capacity of Civil Society Organisation in Southeast Asia to Collaborate with Governments to Equitably and Sustainably Secure Fisheries and Support Maritime Security

Indicative Funding
$599,985 over 2 years
The purpose of the project is to partner with selected Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Philippines and Indonesia in order to build capacity to implement Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures (OECMs) in coastal communities. More broadly this project will contribute to building the capacity for CSOs to engage with policy processes and partner with governments to strengthen maritime policies and local level implementation. This grant will cover phase one of the program for activities to be delivered over the first two years.
Amy Diedrich and Meira Mizrahi (College of Science & Engineering)
Civil Society engagement; Asia-Pacific; Marine Resource management

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