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PHD Defence by Mathilde Højrup

THE BATTLE OF ‘SUSTAINABILITY’ IN ECOLABELLING FOR SMALL-SCALE FISHERIES

Time

24.01.2022 kl. 17.00 - 20.00

Description

Beginning in the 1990s, seafood ecolabelling schemes - marketed as addressing environmental issues and ensuring fisheries ‘sustainability’ – have proliferated. However, concerns are continually raised over ecolabelling schemes as private-led, market-based, neoliberal forms of ‘green washing’, monopolizing markets while structurally favoring large-scale, volume-based fisheries. Based on qualitative research, the focus of this PhD project is on historical and current attempts of small-scale fishers to establish alternative ecolabelling schemes suited to their distinct practices and livelihoods. One of the main objectives of this PhD project has been to use research on seafood ecolabelling and small-scale fisheries to constructively contribute to a contemporary Danish initiative intended to establish an ecolabelling scheme for “low impact”, small-scale fishing. Thus, this PhD project is situated in applied and engaged anthropology, where the researcher takes an active role, engaging critically with issues in the field. Using dialectic analysis, the research compares opposing modes and structures of ecolabelling schemes and their implications for small-scale fishing. The new Danish label initiative is discussed with a focus on ongoing tensions such as the issue of standardization, inclusion of social sustainability and the overarching focus on fish stock assessments. It is argued that while new fisher co-created initiatives pose the challenge of contributing to current neoliberal structures, such initiatives also work as resistance battlefields where new definitions of ‘sustainable’ fishing are constituted and new alliances are created supporting the livelihoods of small-scale fishers. 

 

ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE:

Associate Professor Philip Loring | University of Guelph, Canada
Associate Professor Julie Urquhart | University of Gloucestershire, UK
Associate Professor Rikke Becker Jakobsen (Chair) | Department of Planning, AAU, DK 

 

SUPERVISORS:

Main supervisor Associate Professor Kristen Ounanian | Department of Planning, AAU, DK
Co-supervisor Professor Jan van Tatenhove | Department of Planning, AAU, DK
Co-supervisor Associate Professor Alyne Delaney | Center for Northeast Asian Studies, Tohoku University, Japan
Industrial supervisor Søren Nielsen 

 

MODERATOR:

Associate Professor Søren Eliasen | Department of Planning, AAU, DK

Host

Department of Planning

Address

Online via Zoom

Registration Deadline

20.01.2022 kl. 16.00

Register at

helene@plan.aau.dk