A presentation by Amy Diedrich, College of Science and Engineering, James Cook University

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Dates available from 21 May 2019 until 21 May 2019

Event date: 21May 2019

Tuesday 21 May 2019

Cairns Institute Building D003-003 (Ground floor meeting room)

  • 12:00 pm

James Cook University, Cairns QLD

Event date: 21May 2019

Tuesday 21 May 2019

ATSIP Seminar Room 030, Building 145

  • 12:00 pm

James Cook University, Townsville QLD

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Please join us for this Tropical Landscapes Joint Venture Seminar Series


Growing concerns about the pressures of global change on small-scale fishing communities have resulted in a proliferation of livelihood diversification initiatives. Many of these are linked to tourism, intended to provide new economic opportunities and increased environmental sustainability from a non-extractive use of natural resources. However, such initiatives often fail to deliver their intended benefits. A dominant discourse in sustainable development emphasises financial, physical, and human capital as integral to positive outcomes.

This talk will draw on the findings of a five-year interdisciplinary project on Sustainable Livelihoods from Sportfishing Tourism in Papua New Guinea and present a case for more consideration of the role of social capital in the transformative process. We used survey data from small-scale fishing communities in West New Britain to explore the relative influence of social and other capital assets on people’s perceptions of how easy it would be to become involved in sportfishing tourism. We found that social capital had a stronger influence relative to other forms of capital, with perceptions of reciprocity and satisfaction with leadership in the community being the most influential aspects. This seminar will conclude with a discussion of the implications of these findings in the broader context of achieving positive outcomes from alternative livelihoods initiatives.

Amy Diedrich.


Amy Diedrich is a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Management in the College of Science and Engineering at James Cook University. Her research interests relate broadly to the human dimensions of conservation and natural resource management, with an emphasis on coastal and marine environments.

Specifically, they include exploring how rural, resource dependent communities in the tropics respond to social and environmental change, and how this affects their ability to maintain sustainable livelihoods. She emphasizes applied, interdisciplinary approaches to research. Her research spans the Caribbean, Latin America, the Mediterranean, southeast Asia, and the Indo-Pacific.


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