For many years, Evelyn Pinkerton has been developing and refining theories of co-management of natural resources, especially sheries: under what conditions does co-management arise and flourish? In the last few years, this focus has been enlarged to include how co-management arrangements respond to the ruling political ideology of our time: neoliberalism.
After co-editing one special issue of Marine Policy – currently in press – on the impact of neoliberal policies on small-scale sheries in North America (contributing an article and co-writing the introduction), she is preparing to edit a second special issue on the same topic but this time global in scope. This process takes about a year and involves extensive research, editing, and reviewing of over 20 papers. The required research analyses how higher- 43 level neoliberal political processes interact with local and regional processes. The latter two are usually efforts by local and regional institutions to co-manage adjacent sheries based on local values and concerns for a sustainable low of benefits to local communities. Local and regional co-management efforts are thus usually seats of resistance to neoliberal policies which seek to economize and marketize natural resource usage.
However, there are curious forms of convergence between neoliberalism and co-management, since the former embraces deregulation and the latter aspires to self-regulation. Thus current research builds upon Dr. Pinkerton’s past history of co-management research and expands it to consider the larger political economy picture. She is also involved in case study research on this topic in Kyuquot, in the Broughton Archipelago, and in Prince Rupert.