, VI Conference of BRICS Initiative of Critical Agrarian Studies

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Dynamics of Food, Climate and Fisheries Politics: Exploring the Overlaps via Issues, Movements and Events
Elyse N Mills

Last modified: 2018-12-14


The implications of intersecting food and climate politics have recently emerged as a key point of interest in both academic and governance arenas. However, the ways in which they overlap with fisheries politics remains underexplored and under-analysed. Little is understood about the wider social, political, and economic significance of these overlapping politics in policy, practice, nor analytically. Considering the current conjuncture of global food, climate and fisheries governance, and the crises existing in all three sectors, it has become increasingly critical to explore a more nuanced understanding of the actors and processes involved. However, despite the fact that much fisheries research focuses on food production and climate change separately, the complexities of their intersection remain ambiguous. This is problematic considering that the governance issues associated with the food, climate, and fisheries sectors are inextricably linked and should be addressed as such.  A more rigorous and nuanced understanding of their interrelations is crucial for moving toward a holistic comprehension of the complex, messy relationships that exist within and between the global food, climate and fisheries systems, and the governance issues within.

Therefore, this paper aims to develop a framework for understanding the dynamics of overlapping food, climate and fisheries politics, centred on an exploration of the key issues (topics of concern), movements (transnational alliances), and events (moments of interaction) that interconnect these politics. It develops and employs a dynamic analytical approach, drawing from key political economy and ecology debates, to analyse the processes that drive development or change within a system (e.g. in which movements are embedded) or relationship (e.g. between movements and other actors). The main interest of this research is the implications such dynamics have for global food, climate and fisheries governance, and the ways in which civil society actors, such as transnational fishers’ movements, engage with governance via formal and informal structures, practices and processes.


Fisheries; food politics; climate politics; social movements; global governance

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