Dr. Anthony (Tony) Charles

School of the Environment and School of Business

Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 3C3

Tel: 902.420.5732 | Fax: 902.496.8101 | E-mail: tony.charles@smu.ca



(by Year)


Saint Mary's University


School of the Environment

Environmental Science

Sobey School of Business




The Future of Ocean Governance and Capacity Development

Documenting With Video Communities, Conservation & Livelihoods


Dr. Anthony (Tony) Charles is Director of the School of the Environment, a professor in the School of Business, and the Senior Research Fellow in Environment and Sustainability, at Saint Mary's University (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada). Dr. Charles specializes in interdisciplinary research on governance, socio-economics and sustainability of environmental systems and natural resources, including challenges of climate change, poverty, and food security - often with a focus on fisheries, coastal and marine issues. Particular areas of emphasis include community-based conservation and resource management, small-scale fisheries, integrated ocean and coastal management, human dimensions of the ecosystem approach, protected areas, indicator frameworks, and management measures for sustainability and resilience. Dr. Charles leads the Community Conservation Research Network, an international initiative on local-level conservation supporting sustainable livelihoods. He is the author of over 200 research articles, reports and books, including three recent books, (1) The Future of Ocean Governance and Capacity Development (with the IOI-Canada team); (2) Governing the Coastal Commons: Communities, Resilience and Transformation (with Derek Armitage and Fikret Berkes) and (3) Governance of Marine Fisheries and Biodiversity Conservation: Interaction and Co-evolution (with Serge Garcia and Jake Rice), as well as previous books Sustainable Fishery Systems (Wiley-Blackwell), Nova Scotia GPI Fisheries and Marine Environment Accounts (GPI Atlantic), Integrated Fish Farming (CRC Lewis) and Community Fisheries Management Handbook. Dr. Charles has received international recognition as a Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation (media article), a recipient of the Gulf of Maine Visionary Award, and a frequent invitee as a conference keynote speaker. He is a member of the Fisheries Expert Group in IUCN’s Commission on Ecosystem Management, past President of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade and of the Resource Modeling Association, and previously Director of Canada's Ocean Management Research Network and the Coastal Community-University Research Alliance (Coastal CURA). 

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