Dr. James Abbott

James Abbott Profile
Assistant Professor / Faculty of Arts and Science - Biology and Chemistry and Geography - Geography and Geology
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:

Examination of the role of the Arctic Char fishery in Nunavut's economic development and food security

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


Abbott, J. 2023. Navigating a Path: Advocacy strategies of a migratory bird NGO. Geoforum. v.147. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2023.103885 

Julia Bronnmann, Martin D.Smith, James Abbott, Clinton J.Hay, Tor F.Næsje. 2020. Integration of a local fish market in Namibia with the global seafood trade: Implications for fish traders and sustainability. World Development. Volume 135, 105048.

Wachowiak, M., Smolikova-Wachowiak, R., Dobbs, B., Abbott, JG. and Walters, D. 2015. Interactive Web-Based Visualization for Lake Monitoring in Community-Based Participatory  Research: A Pilot Study Using a Commercial Vessel to Monitor Lake Nipissing. Environment and Pollution 4(2) DOI: 10.5539/ep.v4n2p42.

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.