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Jessica Spijkers is a cotutelle PhD candidate at the Stockholm Resilience Centre and James Cook University's ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies

Profile summary

  • Marine governance
  • Natural resource conflicts
  • Environmental policy
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Globalisation
  • International political economy

Her PhD project seeks to understand where, why, and with what social-ecological consequences international conflicts over shared fish stocks occur. The project merges global-scale database analyses with case study approaches to combine the strength of global descriptive understandings of conflicts with in-depth analytical insights. The findings are combined with existing scenarios for climate change, which will be used to explore high-risk areas for future conflict. This understanding will enable the development of recommendations for: how to cope with and adapt to change, how to reduce the risk of conflict, and increase the prospects for sustainable, equitable use of shared marine resources.

Spijkers is a cotutelle PhD student enrolled at both the Stockholm Resilience Centre and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (James Cook University, Australia). She holds a Master of Arts in European Studies (completed at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium) and a Master of Science in Sustainability from the Stockholm Resilience Centre’s programme social-ecological resilience for sustainable development (completed at the Stockholm University, Sweden).

Spijkers is also Nereus fellow. The Nereus Program is a global interdisciplinary initiative created to further our knowledge of how best to attain sustainability for the world’s oceans.

Awards and achievements:

  • Awarded a James Cook University Postgraduate Research Scholarship (JCUPRS) (2016)
  • NorMER research grant (2014)

Staff details

Theme affiliation: Marine


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Publications by Spijkers, Jessica

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Stockholm Resilience Centre is a collaboration between Stockholm University and the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

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