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Pip Cohen

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Food Security - Equity - Fisheries

I am an environmental social scientist working towards equitable governance of fisheries, food systems, and marine and coastal environments. My work is outcome orientated and is focused in low- and middle- income countries. I contribute to research and policy collaborations across Africa, Asia and the Pacific. I have conducted empirical research in coastal and rural Australia, Tonga, Timor-Leste, and Solomon Islands.


My approach is strongly applied and interdisciplinary. I frequently facilitate transdisciplinary partnerships and processes. I work with an expansive network of talented researchers and policy influencers to identify opportunities to build greater equity and resilience in coastal environments, fisheries and food systems. To do this we work with governance actors and processes at local to global scales.  We help draw in less visible perspectives and solutions, particularly those offered by more marginalized social groups, to decision making processes and policy outcomes.

​I work closely with a long standing standing and dynamic network of established and emerging researchers, communicators, advocates, and policy makers - we contribute to equity and justice outcomes in ocean, agricultural, and food system futures.

My formal affiliations include Adjunct Research Fellow at the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, and Affiliated Researcher with the Centre for Marine Socioecology at the University of Tasmania.

My published work examines food security, nutrition, gender and equity, inclusive governance, environmental leadership, fisheries, and natural resource management. 

I have authored peer review journal articles, book chapters, policy briefs, and practice guides.  My publications are featured in journals including, Nature, Nature Food, Global Environmental Change, World Development, Ecology and Society, Fish and Fisheries, Global Food Security, and others.

Much of my time is spent at the intersection of research,  policy, communications,  and advocacy. 


Together with skilled communicators,  a diverse network of applied scholars and resource managers we connect committed and legitimate advocates to research data, communications resources, and governance processes.  

We amplify voice and agency of stakeholder groups to build toward more equitable and sustainable solutions and systems.

Recent highlights...


A short video on how we developed
'FishNutrients', the new tool on FishBase 

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