Nathan Bennett

Affiliated Researcher

Specialties: Climate Change, Climate Change Adaptation, Ecosystem Health, Environmental Law and Policy, Fisheries, Marine Governance, Ocean Conservation, Ocean Education

Nathan J. Bennett is cross-appointed as a research associate in the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs at the University of Washington and a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia. 

Nathan is a broadly trained environmental social scientist whose work interrogates various aspects of the complex relationship between the marine environment and human society with a solution-oriented lens. His publications and research interests are broad - with current projects focusing on marine protected area management and governance in Mexico, responses of coastal communities to environmental change in Southeast Asia and North America, marine conservation planning initiatives on the Pacific Coast of North America, the human dimensions of large-scale marine protected areas, and global issues related to ocean politics and environmental governance. At the Center for Ocean Solutions, Nathan is collaborating on several projects focusing on governance of small-scale fisheries, the social dimensions of fisheries management and the human dimensions of marine conservation.

Nathan graduated from the University of Victoria with a PhD in Geography from the University of Victoria in 2013, a MS in Environmental Studies from Lakehead University in 2009 and a BEd from the University of Victoria in 2002. His work has been supported by a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship (2010-2013), a Trudeau Doctoral Scholarship (2010-2013), a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (2013-2015), a Fulbright Visiting Scholar Award (2015), a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship (2015-2017), and a Liber Ero Postdoctoral Fellowship (2015-2017). Nathan currently serves as Senior Advisor to the Global Economics and Social Science Program of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and is an active member of the World Commission of Protected Areas (WCPA). In addition, he is affiliated with several research groups including the OceanCanada Partnership, the Community Conservation Research Network, and the Too Big To Ignore Project.