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Cristina B. Pita

Cristina B. Pita

Principal Researcher

  • Researcher ID E-4280-2015
  • ORCID https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1824-3396
  • Department: CESAM - Ambiente e Planeamento
  • Research Group: Coastal Zone Planning & Manag.
  • ISI Web of KnowledgeSM search factor : Author=(pita c) AND Address=(aberdeen OR ualg OR CESAM)


Research interests

Fisheries
Small-scale fisheries
Recreational fisheries
Aquaculture
Socio-economics of fisheries
Cultural aspects of fisheries
Marine Protected Areas
Coastal eco-tourism
Public participation processes and governance
Market initiatives to increase the added-value of captures (e.g. certification and labelling schemes)

Academic degrees

2010 | PhD in Social and Environmental Sustainability, Business School, University of Aberdeen, UK
2003 | MSc in Marine and Coastal Studies, University of the Algarve, Portugal
1998 | Honours Degree in Marine Biology: Fisheries and Aquaculture, University of the Algarve, Portugal

Scientific activities

2015 - present | Researcher at CESAM/University of Aveiro (UA).
2017 - present | Co-leader of CESAM’s research line Marine Ecosystems & Resources (MER).
2017 - present | Co-leader of the Coastal and Ocean Planning and Governance (COPING) group in the Department of Environment and Planning.
2016 - present | Member of the Management Committee of the COST action OCEANGOV (Action CA15217).
2017 - present | Vice-leader of the WG on “Governance of MPAs” in COST action MARCONS (OC-2015-1-19601).
2018 - present | Member of the Scientific committees ICES-WGSOCIAL (WG on social indicators), International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES).
2016 - present | Member of the Scientific committees ICES-WGRMES (WG on Resilience and Marine Ecosystem Services), International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES).
2014 - present | Member of the Scientific committees ICES-WGCEPH (WG on cephalopod Fisheries and Life History), International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES).
2015 - present | Member of SIHD (Strategic Initiative on the Human Dimension in Integrated Ecosystem Assessment), International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES).
2012 - present | Member of the international network Too Big To Ignore (TBTI), leading the market opportunities cluster.
2016 - present | Member of ECOMAR-CYTED Ibero-American network.

Others

SUMMARY OF CV:

Cristina Pita is an Invited Assistant Professor at the University of Aveiro (UA) and researcher at CESAM/UA since December 2015. She is the co-leader of CESAM’s research line Marine Ecosystems & Resources (MER) and co-leader of the Coastal and Ocean Planning and Governance (COPING) group in the Department of Environment and Planning. She is an expert of the National Hub (Portugal) for the Atlantic Action Plan, and has been recently invited to integrate the pool of national experts for the United Nations World Ocean Assessment (UN-WOAII), as an expert in socioeconomic aspects of fisheries. She is a member of the Management Committee of the COST action OCEANGOV (Action CA15217) and vice-leader of the WG on “Governance of MPAs” in COST action MARCONS (OC-2015-1-19601). She also takes part on several committees at the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) (WGSOCIAL, WGRMES, WGCEPH, SIHD). She is also part of several international networks (TBTI international network, ECOMAR-CYTED Ibero-American network). Her research has been related to fisheries and coastal areas, focusing on governability, MPAs, fisher organizations and small-scale fisheries markets. She is currently the PI in UA of 7 national and international projects, with a total value of €8.59 million (having captured €835.8 thousand to UA). She has contributed to 36 ISI-indexed publications, 9 book chapters, and 2 Technical Reports for the European Parliament.

Publications

Projects

LabMAF - Developing a Labelling Scheme for Mediterranean Small-scale and Artisanal Fish Products See more

NetTag - Tagging fishing gears and enhancing on board best-practices to promote waste free fisheries See more

CRUSTAPANHA - Contribution to the sustainable management of small mud crabs fisheries See more

LESSisMORE - LESS discards and LESS fishing effort for BETTER efficiency on the small-scale fisheries See more

BIOFISH-QoL - Integrative approach to enhance the quality of live in fishing communities of the Bons Sinais estuary (Mozambique) See more

PERICLES - PrEseRvIng and sustainably governing Cultural heritage and Landscapes in European coastal and maritime regionS See more

CephsandChefs - Octopus, squid, cuttlefish, sustainable fisheries and chefs See more

ECOMAR - Evaluacion y monitoreo de servicios ecosistémicos marino-costeros See more

Avaliação Ambiental Estratégica do Plano de Ordenamento do Espaço Marítimo Nacional See more

MCES - The Economic Valuation and Governance of Marine and Coastal Ecosystem Services See more

Scientific Supervision

Master (Main Supervisor): Emanuel Santos (not a CESAM member)

BI (Main Supervisor): Fábio L. Matos (CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Ana Margarida Ferreira da Silva (CESAM member)

Post-doc (Main Supervisor): Sílvia Raquel da Silva Monteiro (CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Viktoriia Chepurnaia (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Priscila Silva (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Ana Matias (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Rebecca Lowe (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Marie Taylor (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Janie Morton (not a CESAM member)

ERASMUS student (Main Supervisor): Sarah Drake (not a CESAM member)

Licenciatura (Co-supervisor): Mark Hamilton (not a CESAM member)

Competences/activities

Co-PI thematic line Marine Ecosystems & Resources (MER), Centre for Environment and Marine Studies (CESAM), University of Aveiro,  http://www.cesam.ua.pt/


Co-leader of the Coastal and Ocean Planning and Governance (COPING) Group in the Department of Environment and Planning (DAO), University of Aveiro


Management Committee of the COST Action CA15217 “OceanGov” (Ocean Governance for sustainability – challenges, options and the role of science), member of WG6 (Fisheries governance). OC-2015-2-20171. http://www.cost.eu/COST_Action.....management


vice-leader of WG6 (Governance of MPAs) in the COST Action “MarCons” (Advancing marine conservation in the European and contiguous seas). OC-2015-1-19601, http://www.marcons-cost.eu/


Co-leader “market opportunities” cluster in Too Big To Ignore (TBTI). Global partnership for small-scale fisheries research. www.toobigtoignore.net


Member of ICES working group on Social Indicators (WGSOCIAL). International Council for the Exploration of the Seas


Member (and co-proponent) of ICES Strategic Initiative on the Human Dimension in Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (SIHD). International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES).


Member of ICES working group on Resilience and Marine Ecosystem Services (WGRMES). International Council for the Exploration of the Seas


Member of ICES working group on cephalopod Fisheries and Life History (WGCEPH). International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES).


Co-proposer and chair of Panel Session "Integrating economic and social sciences in marine ecosystem services research”. ICES Annual Conference. Florida, USA, 18-21 September 2017.


Co-proposer and chair of Panel Session “Gender/women relations within coastal and fisheries communities: from past to present”, MARE conference. Amsterdam, Netherlands, July 2017.


Co-proposer and chair of Panel Session “Markets and market opportunities for small-scale fishery products”, MARE conference. Amsterdam, Netherlands, July 2017.


Co-organizer, Workshop “Developing a method for understanding coastal community vulnerability in Europe”, financed by EUROMARINE. Brest, France, March 2017


Scientific Board TBTI Symposium on European Small-Scale Fisheries and Global Linkages, June 29 - July 1, 2016, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain. http://toobigtoignore.net/tbti-symposium-on-european-small-scale-fisheries-and-global-linkages/


Chair of the session “current knowledge about small-scale fisheries in Europe” and round table “collaboration and partnership for sustainable small-scale fisheries”. TBTI 2016 Symposium on European small-scale fisheries and global linkages. Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, 29 June- 1July.


Co-organizer, Workshop “Social transformation of small-scale fisheries”, financed by EUROMARINE. Brest, France, February 2016.


Co-convener (with S. Jennings, J. Rice and D. Smith) of MSEAS theme session on "Identifying needs for managing multiple ocean use sectors - policy, management and industry needs" (Theme session A). MSEAS 2016 conference “Understanding marine socio-ecological systems: including the human dimension in Integrated Ecosystem Assessments”. Brest, France, May-June 2016. http://www.ices.dk/news-and-events/symposia/MSEAS/Pages/Theme-session-A.aspx


 Co-convener (with D. Bailly, S. Frusher, J. Schmidt and T. Smith) of MSEAS theme session on "Participatory assessment processes: opportunities and challenges" (Theme session D). MSEAS 2016 conference “Understanding marine socio-ecological systems: including the human dimension in Integrated Ecosystem Assessments”. Brest, France, May-June 2016. http://www.ices.dk/news-and-events/symposia/MSEAS/Pages/Theme-session-D.aspx


 Co-organizer (with K. Frangoudes, University Bretagne Occidentale) of a workshop financed by EUROMARINE entitled “Social transformation of small-scale fisheries”, held in Brest (France), February 2016.


Co-editor (with J. Pascual-Fernandez & M. Bavinck) of book "Status and resilience of small-Scale Fisheries in Europe: In the shade of the CFP reform and economic crisis". MARE Publication Series, Springer. In progress.


Co-editor (with J. Pascual-Fernandez, G. Pierce & S. Villasante) of special issue "Small-scale fisheries under data-limited contexts”. Marine Policy. In progress.


Co-convener (with J. Pascual-Fernandez, G. Pierce & S. Villasante) of ICES conference theme session on "Small-scale fisheries under data-limited scenarios" (Theme session F). Copenhagen, Denmark, September 2015.


Co-convener (with J. Pascual-Fernandez & M. Bavinck) of MARE conference panel session "Status and resilience of small-Scale Fisheries in Europe". Amsterdam, Netherlands, June 2015.

Current and recent Projects (not CESAM related)

2015-2016. ICES Sciences Fund “Social transformation of marine social-ecological systems”. Funded by International Council for the Exploration of the Seas, Science Fund. 2015-2016. DKK 66.216.


2015. European Parliament “Sardine fisheries: resource assessment and social and economic situation”. Commissioned and funded by: European Parliament, Directorate-General for Internal Policies: Fisheries. EP. 2015 (finished). €13.5K.


2012-2018. Partner. “To Big To Ignore: Global Partnership for the Future of Small-Scale Fisheries”. Partnership Grant. Funded by: Partnership Grants, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. $2.498.895 CAD


2014-2016. GOBAMP II “Governance challenges for sustainable small scale fisheries: creating synergies with marine conservation and tourism”. Funded by: Ministerio de Economia y Competitividad (Spain). €59.3K


2013-2016. Partner. EU project PARASITE “PArasite Risk Assessment with Integrated Tools in EU-fish production value chains”. Collaborative Project. Funded by: Collaborative Project, EU. €210K.


2012-2014. Partner. EU project AQUA-TNET3 “Aquaculture, Fisheries & Aquatic Resource Management TN”. Funded by: Lifelong Learning Programme, EAC-EA, EU. €24.4K


2012. Partner. “The contribution of Marine Protected Areas to protecting highly mobile species in English waters”. ERG1116. Funded by: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). £36K.


2009-2011. Partner. EU project AQUALABS (2009-1-TR1-LEO05-0864). Funded by: Lifelong Learning Programme, EAC-EA, EU. €44.8K.


2008-2009. Partner. 'Economic Value of the Moray Firth Bottlenose Dolphins'. Funded by: Moray Firth Partnership. £17K.


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