Evelyn Pinkerton

Professor Emeritus


  • BA, Wellesley College
  • MAT, Harvard University
  • PhD, Brandeis University


Dr. Pinkerton is a maritime anthropologist who has integrated common property theory and cultural/political ecology in considering the role communities play in the management of adjacent renewable natural resources. She has played a key role in developing the theory and practice of power-sharing and stewardship through co-management agreements. Beginning with the introduction to her 1989 edited volume Cooperative Management of Local Fisheries (UBC Press), she has been generating middle-range theoretical propositions about the conditions under which co-management is likely to arise and to endure. She has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles on fisheries and forestry co-management arrangements, and in Fisheries that Work (1995, co-authored with Martin Weinstein), began to develop a more comprehensive framework for analyzing and comparing co-management arrangements. This work has since evolved into analysis of the developmental sequence of types of co-management rights and activities.

Publications List

Dr. Pinkerton has conducted field research in fishing and forest-dependent communities in British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Washington State, and Alaska, and is co-investigator of “OceanCanada” (2014-2019) and “Too Big to Ignore: Global Partnership for Small-Scale Fisheries Research” (2012-2016) and principal investigator of “Overcoming Barriers to the Exercise of Aboriginal Rights to Healthy Clam Fisheries: Learning Through Partnerships” (2011-2016). Dr. Pinkerton teaches Indigenous People and Co-management (REM 662) and Qualitative Methods in an Interdisciplinary Context (REM 661).


This instructor is currently not teaching any courses.