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


Research and Projects

Publications (By Year)

Publications (By Subject)







Governing the Coastal Commons

Communities in Action Communities, Conservation & Livelihoods Conference



Dr. Anthony (Tony) Charles is the Senior Research Fellow in Environment and Sustainability, and a professor in the School of the Environment and the School of Business, at Saint Mary's University (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada). Dr. Charles specializes in interdisciplinary analysis of fisheries, coastal and marine issues, as well as the governance, socio-economics and sustainability of environmental systems and natural resources more generally. 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, climate change, and management measures for sustainability and resilience. Currently Dr. Charles leads the Community Conservation Research Network (www.CommunityConservation.net), an international initiative to explore how local-level conservation supports livelihoods, and links with large-scale policy for effective environmental governance. He is the author of over 200 research articles, reports and books, including two recent books, Governing the Coastal Commons: Communities, Resilience and Transformation (with Derek Armitage and Fikret Berkes) and Governance of Marine Fisheries and Biodiversity Conservation: Interaction and Co-evolution (with Serge Garcia and Jake Rice), as well as the previous books Sustainable Fishery Systems (Blackwell Science), Canadian Marine Fisheries in a Changing and Uncertain World (NRC Press), Nova Scotia GPI Fisheries and Marine Environment Accounts (GPI Atlantic), Integrated Fish Farming (CRC Lewis) and Community Fisheries Management Handbook (available at www.CoastalCURA.ca). Dr. Charles has received international recognition as a Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation and a recipient of the Gulf of Maine Visionary Award. 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 led Canada's Ocean Management Research Network and the Coastal Community-University Research Alliance (Coastal CURA: www.CoastalCURA.ca). 



Saint Mary's University

School of the Environment

Community Conservation Research Network [CCRN]