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Robert Blasiak is a postdoctoral researcher at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, where he focuses on aspects of sustainable management of ocean resources. His primary interest has been on the evolution of cooperation and conflict in the management of straddling, shared and highly migratory fish stocks. He has also focused on the international negotiations regarding biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ), with research on imbalances among the negotiating parties and the contribution of NGOs to the process. A new research focus is on tracking the impact of private sector and civil society initiatives to promote sustainable seafood and ocean management.
Before joining the SRC, Robert was a research fellow in the Laboratory of Global Fisheries Science at the University of Tokyo (Japan) and a communications officer at United Nations University, where he worked with the Satoyama Initiative. He also has previous experience working with the United Nations Development Programme (Cambodia) on administrative decentralization, and at the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute (Germany), where he contributed to a project tracking how the political views of returning Filipino guest workers have been influenced by time spent in host countries.
Robert is a senior research fellow with the Nippon Foundation – University of British Columbia Nereus Program on predicting future oceans. He is also a visiting researcher with the University of Tokyo Laboratory of Global Fisheries Science, and was previously a visiting research fellow of the United Nations University (2016-2017). He is a member of the editorial board of the ICES Journal of Marine Science, and of PICES Working Group 36 on developing Common Ecosystem Reference Points (CERP) across PICES member countries. He completed degrees at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (BA), Lund University (MSc) and the University of Tokyo (PhD).
Robert is a German-English translator, and is currently translating the memoirs of Dr. Franz Doflein, one of the first marine ecologists to travel to East Asia (in 1905) and conduct research on the deep sea fauna and flora off the eastern coast of Japan.
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