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Drivers of collective action and role of conflict in Kenyan fisheries co-management


Murunga, M and Partelow, S and Breckwoldt, A, Drivers of collective action and role of conflict in Kenyan fisheries co-management, World Development, 141 Article 105413. ISSN 0305-750X (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.worlddev.2021.105413


Fisheries in Kenya are experiencing social-ecological changes, impacting how they are governed via co-management. At the local level, these changes influence collective action, by influencing ecosystems, livelihoods and social cohesion. A critical research gap is to understand how fisheries conflict influences outcomes of collective action and the broader development of fisheries. In this article, we present a novel inquiry that contributes to this gap by examining the interplay between conflict and collective action within the frame of social-ecological systems research. We apply qualitative research methods, integrating Bennett's conflict typology into Ostrom's social-ecological systems framework, to present new evidence linking within and between group conflicts, to outcomes of collective action. We find leadership, gear technology, market dynamics, trust, cultural dependencies and past experiences influential in explaining dissimilar fisheries co-management outcomes in three cases. A closer look at fisheries co-management reveals that a sequence of early events, including conflict, has undermined collective action and sustainable resource use within fisheries, by altering social licence to operate and increasing transaction costs for decision making and cooperation. We use this empirical evidence to consider potential actions (e.g., recognising issue interdependencies and history) that can improve fisheries co-management in Kenya and thereby contribute to broader societal transformation.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:collective action, conflict, social-ecological systems, fisheries co-management, ocean governance
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Fisheries management
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Objective Field:Consumption patterns, population issues and the environment
UTAS Author:Murunga, M (Mr Michael Murunga)
ID Code:151055
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:Directorate
Deposited On:2022-07-14
Last Modified:2022-07-14

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