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Dr. Patrick McConney

Dr. Patrick McConney

Senior Lecturer

Department: CERMES


Dr Patrick McConney is a former fisheries manager with an interdisciplinary PhD in resource management from the University of British Columbia, Canada. He teaches blended and online graduate courses in environmental and resource management. His current applied research, and that of his students, is mainly on small-scale fisheries and marine protected area social-ecological systems in the Wider Caribbean. This research includes ecosystem approaches, livelihoods, socio-economics, gender, adaptive capacity, resilience, management, planning, institutions, organisations and governance.


BSc (University College of North Wales, UK)
MES (Dalhousie University, Canada)
PhD (University of British Columbia, Canada)

Research Areas

Applied research, development and outreach activities are done in partnership with regional and international inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations such as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI), Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Organisations (CNFO) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Teaching Areas

  • Concepts and issues for environmental managers
  • Introduction to environmental planning and management
  • Field skills study

Select Publications

McConney,P, B Simmons, V Nicholls and R P Medeiros. 2017. Building the Barbados National Union of Fisherfolk Organisations. Maritime Studies 16:19.
McConney, P., T. Phillips, N. Nembhard and M. Lay.  2017. Caribbean Fisherfolk Engage the Small-Scale Fisheries Guidelines. Pp. 451-472 in S. Jentoft, R. Chuenpagdee, M. Barragán-Paladines and N. Franz. (Eds) The Small-Scale Fisheries Guidelines: Global implementation. Springer, Cham: MARE Publication Series 14

McConney, P, T. Phillips, M. Lay and N. Nembhard. 2016. Organizing for good fisheries governance. Social and Economic Studies 65:57-86

McConney, P., L. Fanning, R. Mahon and B. Simmons. 2016. A First Look at the Science-Policy Interface for Ocean Governance in the Wider Caribbean Region. Frontiers in Marine Science 2:119.

McConney, P., S. Cox and K. Parsram. 2015. Building food security and resilience into fisheries governance in the Eastern Caribbean. Regional Environmental Change 15:1355-1365.


UWI,CERMES,Cave Hill Campus,Adaptive capacity,fisheries,livelihood,marine protected area,MPA,resilience,social-ecological

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