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Luke Fairbanks

Dr. Luke Fairbanks

Assistant Research Professor


Luke's research draws on political ecology, human geography, and policy studies to explore ocean and coastal spaces, communities, and governance. His research collaborations focus on the values people associate with seafood and aquaculture, critical perspectives on marine spatial planning, marine aquaculture policy and governance, and the human dimensions of large marine protected areas.

  • PHD - Duke University (2015)
  • Fishing for food: Values and benefits associated with coastal infrastructure, PLOS ONE, 2021,
  • From Blue Economy to Blue Communities: reorienting aquaculture expansion for community wellbeing, Marine Policy, 2021,
  • Policy interactions in large-scale marine protected areas, Conservation Letters, 2021,
  • The portal is the plan: governing US oceans in regional assemblages, Maritime Studies, 2020, 10.1007/s40152-020-00173-3
  • Policy mobilities and the sociomateriality of US offshore aquaculture governance, Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, 2019
  • Remaking Oceans Governance: Critical Perspectives on Marine Spatial Planning, Environment and Society, 2019
  • Ocean data portals: Performing a new infrastructure for ocean governance, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 2019
  • Assembling enclosure: Reading marine spatial planning for alternatives, Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 2018

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Gulf Coast Research Laboratory Oceanography 128



Areas of Expertise

human geography, political ecology, and policy studies