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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - IRI THESys

Hannah Harrison

Visiting Doctoral Researcher, Green Talents Fellow
Using qualitative approaches to understand the underlying social drivers of environmental conflict in small-scale fisheries settings


  • Environmental ethnography
  • Conflict within small-scale fisheries
  • Environmental problem-solving

"I am very interested in exploring ways in which conflicts surrounding small-scale fisheries are perceived, regulated, and reproduced. My research will shed light on underlying causes and drivers of fisheries conflict as well as the knowledge systems, ontological and epistemological underpinnings, and governance systems that affect fishery systems." Hannah Harrison

Hannah Harris  earned her bachelor’s (2006–2010) and master’s (2011–2013) degrees at the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a focus on natural resource management and environmental ethnography. She is now a PhD fellow researching the social dimensions of freshwater fisheries in Norway, Germany, and Wales. Her home university is the University of Life Sciences where she works under the supervision of Dr. Øystein Aas, Dr. Robert Arlinghaus, and Dr. Stine Rybåten. Her PhD is part of IMPRESS (www.impress-itn.eu), a multi-disciplinary EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Initial Training Network (ITN), part of Horizon 2020. 

From March to mid-May 2018, Hannah was a visiting researcher at IRI THESys working with Prof. Nielsen's group. Her research stay is part of her Green Talents Award (http://www.greentalents.de/) which offers the opportunity to gain experience working with other qualitative researchers focused on environmental topics.

Selected Publications

Harrison, H.L., Kochalski, S., Arlinghaus, R., Aas, Ø. [In press]. “Nature’s Little Helpers”: A benefits approach to voluntary cultivation of hatchery fish to support wild Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) populations in Norway, Wales, and Germany. Fisheries Research.

Harrison, H.L., Loring, P.A., 2016. Urban harvests: food security and local fish and shellfish in Southcentral Alaska. Agriculture & Food Security 5, 16.

Harrison, H.L., Loring, P.A., 2014. Larger Than Life: The Emergent Nature of Conflict in Alaska’s Upper Cook Inlet Salmon Fisheries. SAGE Open 4, 2158244014555112.

Harrison, H.L., 2013. “This Is Who I Am”: Perspectives on economics, policy, and personal identity and culture of Cook Inlet and Kenai River Salmon Fisheries. (Masters thesis). University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska. Online: http://ine.uaf.edu/media/1247/hharrison-thesis2013.pdf

Loring, P.A., Harrison, H.L., 2013. “That’s what opening day is for:” social and cultural dimensions of (not) fishing for salmon in Cook Inlet, Alaska. Maritime Studies 12, 12.

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