Derek Armitage is currently an Associate Professor, in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability, at the University of Waterloo. His academic background is in geography, environmental studies and international development. Prior to academia, he worked as a consultant on a variety of projects for Environment Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Global Environment Facility (World Bank), Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), and before that, as a CUSO volunteer in Tanzania. He is a Senior Fellow – Earth Systems Governance project, Adjunct Professor – Natural Resources Institute (University of Manitoba), and past Working Group Leader – Oceans Management Research Network (Canada). He also serves as an Editor for the journals Ecology and Society and Conservation Letters.