Dr. J.M. Bavinck

Name: Maarten Bavinck
Work address: Nieuwe Prinsengracht 130, Rm G2.05, 1018 VZ Amsterdam
Telephone: 020-5254143

Current position: Director, Centre for Maritime Research (MARE)
Universiteit van Amsterdam


1998 Ph.D. from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Dissertation title: One sea, three contenders. Legal pluralism in the inshore fisheries of the Coromandel Coast, India.
1981 MA in Development Sociology, Free University, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
1972 High School diploma, Kodaikanal, South India.



2000-present Director Centre for Maritime Research (MARE), a joint initiative of the University of Amsterdam and Wageningen University (see www.marecentre.nl). Employer: Department of Human Geography, Planning and International De-velopment Studies University of Amsterdam.
2000-present Senior lecturer at Department of Geography, Planning and International De-velopment Studies (University of Amsterdam).
2007-present Convenor of crosscutting theme group Geography of Coastal Lowlands, De-partment of Human Geography, Planning and International Development Studies, University of Amsterdam
2006-2008 Co-ordinator AsiaLink programme (see section Education) for chair group Rural Development Sociology, Wageningen University. (EC ASIE/2005/108442, € 539,000)
2003-2006 Director IDPAD research programme entitled Cooperation in a context of
crisis: public-private management of marine fisheries in South Asia (5.2.110, €110,000
2005-2009 Coordinator social science section of FP6 research programme entitled Eco-systems, societies, consilience, precautionary principle: development of an assessment method of the societal cost for best fishing practices and efficient public policies (ECOST 003711, total budget €3.1 million)
2001-2004 Coordinator of EC-funded thematic network titled Fisheries governance and food security: North and South in concert. Employer: SISWO, Netherlands In-stitute for the Social Sciences (ICA A4-2000-10023, €450,000)


Field research experience:

2003-2007 Field research on sea tenure in Ramnathapuram District, Tamil Nadu, India

2000-present Ongoing research on fisheries dynamics and governance, Tamil Nadu, India

1994-1996 Ph.D. research on sea tenure along the Coromandel Coast, Tamil Nadu, In-dia.

Ph.D. Supervision:

2003-present Co-promoter and daily supervisor Marloes Kraan, Fisheries management and migration, Ghana (University of Amsterdam)

2003-present Co-promoter and daily supervisor Ranjith Wickramasinghe, fisheries management, Sri Lanka (University of Amsterdam)

2006-present Co-promoter and daily supervisor Iris Monnereau, governance of lobster fisheries, Caribbean (University of Amsterdam)

2006 and 2007 External examiner A. Muehlig-Hoffmann, community-based fisheries management Fiji, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Great Britain

2006 External examiner K. Karunaharan, fish marketing India, Bharatidasan University, Trichy, India.

2005 External examiner Saifur Rashid, inland fisheries Bangladesh, Curtin University of Science and Technology, Perth, Australia.

2005 External examiner Elizabeth Bennett, institutions and conflict in fisheries, University of Portsmouth, Great Britain.


Selection of mission/policy studies:

Research advisor Cordaid study on tsunami relief programme (house construction), Sri Lanka (Jan-June 2008).

Research coordinator Cordaid study on tsunami relief programme (boat delivery), Sri Lanka (June-December 2007).

Research advisor Framian/Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality in study on perceptions of the transition in Dutch coastal fisheries (Sept 2007-March 2008)

Research advisor South Indian Federation of Fishworker Societies (SIFFS) on study downsizing trawl fishery Ramnad (January to October 2007)

Coordinator for a program evaluation on activities in the field of certification and labelling, for the Steering Committee Co-Financing Program, Ede (Dec. 2000-Dec. 2001).

Coordinator/author of Balans-study on the effectiveness of program evaluation, commis-sioned by GOM and the Dutch Ministry of Development Cooperation, for the Steering Committee Co-financing Program, Ede (April-September 1999)

Team leader of program evaluation mission of NGO activities in the fisheries sector of Kerala, India, for Bilance (June-July 1999).


Editorial activities:

Member of editorial board Ocean and Coastal Management (2005-present)

Associate editor Maritime Studies-MAST (2005-present)

Co-editor of MARE Publication Series (in cooperation with Amsterdam University Press) 2003-present


Educational activities:

Initiator and co-ordinator of interdisciplinary minor entitled Governance of aquatic re-sources and environments, Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Amster-dam (2008-present)

Initiator and co-ordinator of interdisciplinary bachelor course entitled “Conteporary India – uniity and diversity”, Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Amsterdam (2006-present).

Initiator and co-ordinator of interdisciplinary bachelor course entitled “People and the Sea”, Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Amsterdam (2005-2007), and thereafter for the Dept of Human Geography, University of Amsterdam (2008-present).

Co-ordinator of EC-funded AsiaLink programme entitled From postgraduate to profes-sional – a partnership for the development of a course for professional capacity in coastal zone managers, on behalf of Wageningen University (2006-2008).

Initiator and co-ordinator of fieldwork training course in India (‘Engaging India’), for the Department of Human Geography, University of Amsterdam, carried out in collaboration with the Institute of Ocean Management, Anna University (2002-present)

Co-initiator of a 7-week annual international course Alternative fisheries management, the relevance of co-management, in cooperation with Wageningen University and Re-search Centre, (2000-2005).

Organizer/presenter of a course on integrated coastal zone management at the Univer-sity of the Algarve, Faro, Portugal (June 2002).

Lecturer fisheries governance, Delphe project, University of Sierra Leone, June 2008


Selection of other professional activities:

·Theme chair ‘governance’ for International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC) 2009.

Steering committee member Coastal Zone Asia Pacific Conference 2008

Advisory committee member research programme POVFISH (Unravelling the vicious circle: poverty alleviation and sustainable livelihoods in small-scale fisheries), 2008-2010, University of Tromsø, Norway.

Co-organizer of biannual international MARE conference People and the Sea I, II, III, and IV (2001, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009).


Selected publications:


Academic publications (monographs/edited volumes)
2005 Kooiman, J., M. Bavinck, S. Jentoft and R. Pullin (eds.). Fish for Life: interactive gov-ernance for fisheries. Amsterdam: AUP.
2001 Bavinck, M. Marine resource management. Conflict and regulation in the fisheries of the Coromandel Coast, New Delhi: Sage
1984 Bavinck, M. Small fry. The economy of petty fishermen in northern Sri Lanka. Free University Press, Amsterdam


Academic publications (refereed articles)

2008 Kooiman, J. M. Bavinck, R. Chuenpagdee, R. Mahon, R. Pullin. Interactive governan-ce and governability: an introduction. The Journal of Transdisciplinary Environmental Studies 7 (1): 11 pp.

2008 Bavinck, M. and V. Salagrama. Asessing the governability of capture fisheries in the Bay of Bengal – a conceptual enquiry. The Journal of Transdisciplinary Environmental Stu-dies 7 (1): 13 pp.
2008 Bavinck, M. , L. de Klerk, D. van Dijk, J.V. Rothuizen, A.N.Blok, J.R. Bokhorst, E.K. van Haastrecht, T.J.C. van de Loo, J.G.J. Quaedvlieg, J. Scholtens. Time-zoning for the safe-guarding of capture fisheries: a closed season in Tamil Nadu, India. Marine Policy 32: 369-378.

2008 Bavinck, M. and D. Johnson . Handling the legacy of the blue revolution in India – social justice and small-scale fisheries in a negative growth scenario. American Fisheries Society Symposium 49: 585-599.

2007 Bavinck, M. and I. Monnereau . Assessing the social costs of capture fisheries: an exploratory study. Social Science Information 46 (1) 135-152.

2006 Bavinck, M. and K. Karunaharan . A history of nets and bans: restrictions on technical innovation along the Coromandel Coast of India. Maritime Studies –MAST 5(1) 45-59

2005 Bavinck, M. . Understanding fisheries conflicts in the South – a legal pluralist perspec-tive. Society and Natural Resources 18 (9)

2003 Bavinck, M. The spatially splintered state: myths and realities in the regulation of ma-rine fisheries in Tamil Nadu, India. Development and Change, 34 (4) 633-657

2001 Bavinck, M. Caste panchayats and regulation of fisheries in Tamil Nadu, Economic and Political Weekly 36 (13): 1088-1094.

1998 Bavinck, M. 'A matter of maintaining the peace.' State accommodation to subordinate legal systems: the case of fisheries along the Coromandel Coast of Tamil Nadu, India. Jour-nal of Legal Pluralism 40: 151-170.

1997 Bavinck, M. A history of nets and proscriptions; restrictions on technical innovation by artisanal fishing communities along the Coromandel Coast. South Indian Studies 3: 144-64.

1997 Bavinck, M. Changing balance of power at sea; motorization of artisanal fishing craft, Economic and Political Weekly, 32 (5), 198-200.

1996 Bavinck, M. Fisher regulations along the Coromandel coast: a case of collective con-trol of common pool resources, Marine Policy, 20 (6), 475-482.

Policy documents (published) and working papers:

2008 Le Tissier, M.A.D., S. Coulthard, D. Roth and H.A.Y. Whyte (eds). Integrated coastal management: from post-graduate to coastal manager - a teaching manual. Co-author of Sections 1, 2 and 3 (Modules 1-3). Web-based document, www.coastalprofs.eu

2008 Salz, P., E. Hoefnagel, M. Bavinck e.a. Maatschappelijke gevolgen van de achteruit-gang in de visserij. [Societal consequences of the decline of fisheries in the Netherlands] Rapport 2008-020, Den Haag: LEI Wageningen UR

2006 Bavinck, M. and K. Karunaharan. Legal pluralism in the marine fisheries of Ramnad District, Tamil Nadu, India. IDPAD Working Paper Nr 2, 84 pp. www.idpad.org

2005 Bavinck, M., R. Chuenpagdee, M. Diallo, P. van der Heijden, J. Kooiman, R. Mahon and S. Williams. Interactive fisheries governance – A guide to better practice. Delft: Eburon Academic Publishers.

2004 Bavinck, M. & E. Hoefnagel. ‘If you can’t beat them, join them’; The state of Dutch fisheries in the North Sea. In: T. Dietz, P. Hoekstra and F. Thissen (Eds.) The Netherlands and the North Sea – Dutch Geography 2000-2004. Utrecht: KNAG



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