Barbara Neis

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Dr. Neis is a Full Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Co-Director of SafetyNet, a Community Research Alliance on Health and Safety in Marine and Coastal Work. She has extensively researched many aspects of the Newfoundland and Labrador fishery, including issues related to occupational health, knowledge systems, industrial restructuring, fisheries policy, and gender and fisheries. Dr. Neis has extensive experience with working in interdisciplinary teams and in collaborative research with community partners. She has supervised and co-supervised graduate students in many different disciplines, including Sociology, Women’s Studies, Geography, Environmental Studies, and Engineering. Dr. Neis’ current areas of research focus include studies on occupational asthma in snow crab processing workers and fishing vessel safety (both funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research), the human health impacts of restructuring in the Newfoundland and Labrador fisheries (funded by Health Canada, the National Network on Environments and Women’s Health, SSHRC and NSERC), and local ecological knowledge and science (funded by SSHRC and NSERC). In addition, she is part of a team of researchers exploring the relationships between gender and globalization within fisheries (funded by SSHRC).

  • Changing Tides

    Gender, Fisheries and Globalization

    Edited by Marian Binkley, Siri Gerrard, Christina Maneschy and Barbara Neis     January 2005

    Fisheries are among the most globalized economic sectors in the world. Relying largely on wild resources and employing millions of people and feeding many millions more, fisheries provide a unique vantage point from which to view contemporary globalization, which is co-occurring with a major ecological revolution triggered by resource degradation and associated with the development of intensive aquaculture. Globalization is intensifying the export orientation and use of joint ventures between rich and poor countries in fisheries. International organizations such as the IMF are pressuring many debtor countries to exchange access to their fishery resources for access to foreign exchange, constraining their ability to limit external ownership and the export of resources, and threatening local fishery employment and food self-sufficiency. Changing Tides brings together contributions from researchers and community workers from 13 countries of the world. Juxtaposing academic case studies with accounts from activists and fisheries workers, this book points the ways in which globalization and associated resource degradation, privatization and the concentration of ownership and control in fisheries are jeopardizing the lives and livelihoods of women fish workers and their families.