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Phillipa Cohen


Independent Researcher and Advisor


Dr. Philippa Cohen (known to all as Pip) is an environmental social scientist with expertise in equitable governance of aquatic resources and coastal environments in low- and middle-income countries. Pip’s focus is on illuminating and improving interactions between governance scale, productivity and distribution of aquatic goods and services – particularly fisheries for food and nutrition security. She has published on these topics in Nature, Nature Food, Nature Climate Change, World Development, Global Environmental Change, Ecology and Society, and Human Ecology, drawing on empirical research in Australia, Tonga, Timor-Leste, Solomon Islands and many other countries across the Pacific, Asia and Africa. Between 2013 and 2022, Pip led the Resilient Small-scale Fisheries Program at WorldFish and for the CGIAR Research Program on Fish Agri-Food Systems - an international research coalition focused on food secure futures. Pip is now an independent researcher and advisor, currently leading a large initiative of marine tenure security. Pip continues as a Adjunct Professor at James Cook University, and through this role and others invests in building the leadership capacity and recognition of students and early career researchers, particularly women and researchers from low- and middle-income countries.

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