Dr. James Abbott

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Assistant Professor / Faculty of Arts and Science - Geography and Geology
Graduate Program Coordinator / School of Graduate Studies - Environmental Science/Studies, MESc/MES Program
Graduate Program Coordinator
Full-time Faculty
BSc (Honours), Dalhousie University
MSc, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
PhD, Duke University
Areas of Specialization:

Highly variable natural and human landscapes; rural livelihoods; Africa

Research Interests:

Small-scale fisheries; environmental indicators; non-state institutional actors

Current & Future Research:

Long-term environmental monitoring of Lake Nipissing's environment (funded by Nipissing University)

Development o​f a online portal for environmental data related to Lake Nipissing (funded by Nipissing University)

Exploitation of floodplain fisheries and regional distribution chains in Southern Africa (funded by NINA-NIKU)


Abbott, J., Hay, C., Næsje, T., Tweddle. D. 2015 Copper and Rain: Evolution of a Marketing Channel in a Rapidly Evolving Region of Southern Africa. Journal of Southern African Studies. vol. 41, no. 1.

Abbott, J., Campbell, L. (2009) Environmental histories and emerging fisheries management of the Upper Zambezi River floodplains. Conservation & Society 7: 83-99.

Abbott, J., Campbell, L. Hay, C., Næsje, T., and Purvis, J. (2007) Vendor livelihoods in the Upper Zambezi River floodplains. Human Ecology 35: 559-574.

Abbott, J., Campbell, L. Hay, C., Næsje, T., Ndumba, A. and Purvis, J. (2007) Rivers as resources, rivers as borders: Community vs. transboundary management of fisheries in the Upper Zambezi River floodplains. Canadian Geographer 51: 280-302.

Campbell, L., Gray, N., Meletis, Z., Abbott, J. and Silver, J. (2006) Gatekeepers and keymasters: Dynamic relationships of access in geographical field work. Geographical Review 96: 97-121.

Murphy, C. and Abbott, J. (2006) A description and preliminary assessment of participatory development policies and application in Namibia. Tanzania Journal of Development Studies 6: 47-56.