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Prof. Mahon's research activities are in marine resource governance, in particular, assessment of governance arrangements for transboundary systems how to effect organisational change in complex systems. 

This work addresses institutional and organizational aspects of governance at the regional or large marine ecosystem (LME) level, in particular the LMEs of the Wider Caribbean Region.

Before joining CERMES Prof. Mahon worked for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada, FAO, the CARICOM Fisheries Programme and as a consultant.

Prof. Mahon is involved in several Caribbean regional projects and activities including the UNESCO-IOC GEF funded Caribbean Large Marine Ecosystem Project, the Future of Reef in a Changing Environment (FORCE) Project and the establishment of the Association of Caribbean States Caribbean Sea Commission.

Research interests and achievements Robin has worked in fisheries management especially small-scale fisheries. His current focus is on regional ocean governance.
Main Research Projects Developing a global picture of regional ocean governance arrangements
Applying the Governance Effectiveness Assessment Framework (GEAF) in the Wider Caribbean Region
Notable publications Mahon, R., L. Fanning and P. McConney. 2017. Assessing governance performance in transboundary water systems. Environmental Development. 24: 146-155  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envdev.2017.06.008 

Mahon, R., L. Fanning, K. M. Gjerde, O. Young, M. Reid, S. Douglas. 2016. Chapter 3: Governance. Pp. 21-45, In UNESCO IOC and UNEP (Eds). The Open Ocean: Status and Trends. United Nations Environment Programme, Nairobi, http://www.geftwap.org/publications/copy_of_TWAPVolume5OpenOcean.pdf

Fanning, L., R. Mahon, K. Baldwin and S. Douglas. 2015. Transboundary Waters Assessment Programme (TWAP) Assessment of Governance Arrangements for the Ocean, Volume 1: Transboundary Large Marine Ecosystems. IOC-UNESCO, Paris. IOC Technical Series, 119: 80 pp.
http://onesharedocean.org/public_store/publications/244758E.pdf

Mahon, R., L. Fanning and P. McConney. 2014. Assessing and facilitating emerging regional ocean governance arrangements in the Wider Caribbean Region. Ocean Yearbook 28: 631-671

Fanning, L., R. Mahon and P. McConney. [Eds.]. 2011. Towards Marine Ecosystem-based Management in the Wider Caribbean. Amsterdam University Press, Amsterdam, 426 p.


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Prof. Robin Mahon

Professor Emeritus - Marine Affairs

BSc (UWI, Mona)
MSc (University of Guelph)
PhD (University of Guelph, Canada)

Phone: (246) 417-4570
E-mail: rmahon@caribsurf.com
            robin.mahon@cavehill.uwi.edu