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
Dr. Fikret Berkes






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

Research Interests and Experience

Dr. Berkes is an applied ecologist by background and works at the interface of natural and social sciences. He joined the University of Manitoba in 1991 as Director of the NRI. He was appointed Tier I Canada Research Chair in Community-based Resource Management, awarded in 2002 and renewed in 2009 (http://www.chairs.gc.ca). In 2016, he became Distinguished Professor Emeritus. 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 community-based management, traditional ecological knowledge, and social-ecological resilience.


Selected Honours and Awards

  • International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) Inaugural Award for Meritorious Research, 2016
  • Elected Fellow, Royal Society of Canada, 2015
  • International Association for the Study of Commons, 2015 Elinor Ostrom Award for Senior Scholar
  • Ecological Society of America, 2014 Sustainability Science Award for the book, Sacred Ecology
  • University of Manitoba, Distinguished Professor, awarded in 2003
  • Past President, International Association for the Study of Commons (1996-98)
  • Fellow, The Beijer Institute, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences Stockholm (1993)

Selected Professional Activities and Networks