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Steenbergen, Dirk Dr

Senior Research Fellow

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Research Overview


  • Dirk Steenbergen is a social scientist and a senior research fellow at ANCORS, working on community-based fisheries management (CBFM) in the Asia-Pacific region. Dirk has a PhD in community development and natural resource management (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 2nd phase of the Pathways CBFM research project (2021-2025), partnering with fisheries agencies in Kiribati, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, and with  the Pacific Community (SPC).

    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


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Other Research Activities


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.

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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 senior research fellow at ANCORS, working on community-based fisheries management (CBFM) in the Asia-Pacific region. Dirk has a PhD in community development and natural resource management (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 2nd phase of the Pathways CBFM research project (2021-2025), partnering with fisheries agencies in Kiribati, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, and with  the Pacific Community (SPC).

    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


Investigator On


Other Research Activities


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.

Reviewer Of


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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