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Dirk Steenbergen Dr

Senior Research Fellow

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Dirk Steenbergen is a social scientist and a research fellow at ANCORS, working on community-based fisheries management (CBFM) in the Pacific region. Dirk has a PhD in community development and natural resource management from Murdoch University (2013). He joined ANCORS in September 2017 as part of a collaborative research project entitled “Pathways to change: Strengthening and scaling community-based approaches to Pacific coastal fisheries management”. He currently leads the CBFM research component in the Vanuatu chapter of the project.

    Over the last 10 years Dirk has worked in various capacities on issues of rural development, local governance and coastal livelihoods, often applying participatory modes of collaboration with remote resource-dependent communities. His more recent work on small scale fisheries and locally managed marine areas in eastern Indonesia examined extents of local user-group integration into the policy and management processes. In his current work in the Pacific Island region, Dirk draws from extensive experience in community engagement across different cultural contexts; including sub-Saharan Africa, Greater Mekong Sub-region, and archipelagic Southeast Asia.

Selected Publications


Presentations


Potential Supervision Topics


  • Environmental anthropology, community development and livelihood studies

    Governance of coastal resources and community based fisheries management

    Common-pool resource management, participation and collective action

    Mediation and brokerage in policy and practice of development and conservation

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Managing transshipment in Indonesian fisheries: Challenges and opportunities Tauladani, Saeful
    Doctor of Philosophy Examining Coastal Fisheries Market System Changes in Vanuatu: Implications for Livelihoods, Resource Management and Governance Kaltavara, Jeremie

Outreach Overview


  • As part of the ACIAR & DFAT-funded research project (FIS-300-2016) ‘Pathways to Change’: Scaling up CBFM in the Pacific, I critically examine and test different modalities of scaling community-based fisheries management (CBFM), in the context of sustainable fish-based livelihoods and food security. In partnering with national agencies and providing well-informed technical support, the project seeks to improve knowledge and practice of coastal fisheries management across Solomon Islands, Vanuatu & Kiribati.

    As the Vanuatu country program leader my role is twofold: (i) I design and implement research (i.e. methodology, data collection, analysis and publication) and (ii) translate research findings for integration and uptake into national policy processes. I do this through coordinating an in-country research team in Vanuatu, technically supporting implementation of CBFM, and disseminating research findings through (inter)national networks.

Education And Training


  • Master of Social Science in Policy and Management, Wageningen University | Netherlands, Forest and Nature Conservation Group, Minor in Rural Development Sociology 2005 - 2006
  • B.S. in Policy and Management, Wageningen University | Netherlands, Forest and Nature Conservation Group, Minor in Sustainable Tourism Studies 2001 - 2005
  • D.Phil. in Community Development, Governance and Conservation, Murdoch University, Asia Research Centre, Thesis: "Negotiating the future of local ‘backwaters’: participatory marine conservation on small islands in eastern Indonesia" 2009 - 2013

Keywords


  • Small Scale Fisheries
    Community-based approaches to management (CBAM)
    Common pool resource management 
    Ethnography
    Rural development
    Food security
    Southeast Asia [Indonesia]
    Pacific Islands [Vanuatu]
    Community development interfaces

Full Name


  • Dirk Johan Steenbergen

Mailing Address


  • Innovation campus

    Squires Way

    North Wollongong

    NSW

    2500

    Australia

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Dirk Steenbergen is a social scientist and a research fellow at ANCORS, working on community-based fisheries management (CBFM) in the Pacific region. Dirk has a PhD in community development and natural resource management from Murdoch University (2013). He joined ANCORS in September 2017 as part of a collaborative research project entitled “Pathways to change: Strengthening and scaling community-based approaches to Pacific coastal fisheries management”. He currently leads the CBFM research component in the Vanuatu chapter of the project.

    Over the last 10 years Dirk has worked in various capacities on issues of rural development, local governance and coastal livelihoods, often applying participatory modes of collaboration with remote resource-dependent communities. His more recent work on small scale fisheries and locally managed marine areas in eastern Indonesia examined extents of local user-group integration into the policy and management processes. In his current work in the Pacific Island region, Dirk draws from extensive experience in community engagement across different cultural contexts; including sub-Saharan Africa, Greater Mekong Sub-region, and archipelagic Southeast Asia.

Selected Publications


Presentations


Potential Supervision Topics


  • Environmental anthropology, community development and livelihood studies

    Governance of coastal resources and community based fisheries management

    Common-pool resource management, participation and collective action

    Mediation and brokerage in policy and practice of development and conservation

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Managing transshipment in Indonesian fisheries: Challenges and opportunities Tauladani, Saeful
    Doctor of Philosophy Examining Coastal Fisheries Market System Changes in Vanuatu: Implications for Livelihoods, Resource Management and Governance Kaltavara, Jeremie

Outreach Overview


  • As part of the ACIAR & DFAT-funded research project (FIS-300-2016) ‘Pathways to Change’: Scaling up CBFM in the Pacific, I critically examine and test different modalities of scaling community-based fisheries management (CBFM), in the context of sustainable fish-based livelihoods and food security. In partnering with national agencies and providing well-informed technical support, the project seeks to improve knowledge and practice of coastal fisheries management across Solomon Islands, Vanuatu & Kiribati.

    As the Vanuatu country program leader my role is twofold: (i) I design and implement research (i.e. methodology, data collection, analysis and publication) and (ii) translate research findings for integration and uptake into national policy processes. I do this through coordinating an in-country research team in Vanuatu, technically supporting implementation of CBFM, and disseminating research findings through (inter)national networks.

Education And Training


  • Master of Social Science in Policy and Management, Wageningen University | Netherlands, Forest and Nature Conservation Group, Minor in Rural Development Sociology 2005 - 2006
  • B.S. in Policy and Management, Wageningen University | Netherlands, Forest and Nature Conservation Group, Minor in Sustainable Tourism Studies 2001 - 2005
  • D.Phil. in Community Development, Governance and Conservation, Murdoch University, Asia Research Centre, Thesis: "Negotiating the future of local ‘backwaters’: participatory marine conservation on small islands in eastern Indonesia" 2009 - 2013

Keywords


  • Small Scale Fisheries
    Community-based approaches to management (CBAM)
    Common pool resource management 
    Ethnography
    Rural development
    Food security
    Southeast Asia [Indonesia]
    Pacific Islands [Vanuatu]
    Community development interfaces

Full Name


  • Dirk Johan Steenbergen

Mailing Address


  • Innovation campus

    Squires Way

    North Wollongong

    NSW

    2500

    Australia

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