Dr. Fikret Berkes
Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Natural Resources Institute
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Canada R3T 2N2
Tel.: (204) 474-6731
Fax: (204) 261-0038
E-mail: fikret.berkes@umanitoba.ca


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Community Conservation Research Network    
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Academic Background

B.Sc. McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 1968
Ph.D. Marine Sciences, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 1973

Research Interests

Dr. Berkes has devoted most of his professional life to investigating the relations between societies and their resources, and to examining the conditions under which the “tragedy of the commons” may be avoided. He works on theoretical and practical aspects of commons and community-based management, traditional ecological knowledge (Indigenous knowledge), and social-ecological resilience. He held Tier I Canada Research Chair in Community-based Resource Management from 2002 to 2016 (http://www.chairs.gc.ca). In 2016, he became Distinguished Professor Emeritus. He is not taking any new graduate students, but he is available for thesis committees.

Recent and Significant Publications

Berkes, F. 2021. Advanced Introduction to Community-based Conservation. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, and Northampton, MA, USA. 169 pp.
Berkes, F., H.-M. Tsai, M.M. Bayrak and Y.-R. Lin 2021. Indigenous resilience to disasters in Taiwan and beyond. Sustainability 13, 2435. 

Berkes, F. 2018.  Sacred Ecology. Fourth Edition. Routledge, New York and London. 368 pp. 

Armitage, D., A. Charles and F. Berkes, editors. 2017. Governing the Coastal Commons. Communities, Resilience and Transformation. Earthscan/Routledge, London and New York. 271 pp.

Berkes, F. 2015. Coasts for People. Interdisciplinary Approaches to Coastal and Marine Resource Management. Routledge, New York and London. 372 pp.

Selected Professional Activities and Networks

Contributor to TBTI Global Book Series http://toobigtoignore.net/tbti-global-book-series/

Council of Canadian Academies (https://cca-reports.ca)
- Expert Panel on the State of Knowledge and Practice of Integrated Approaches to Natural Resource Management in Canada
- Expert Panel on the State of Knowledge of Food Security in Northern Canada. 

Review Editor, Chapter 3, Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. IPBES  Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Bonn, Germany, 2019. 

Task Force member, IPBES Task Force on Indigenous and Local Knowledge Systems, Intergovernmental 
Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, 2014-19.