PhD Research - Maria Ignacia Rivera

Master of Environmental Science and Management, Bren School, UC Santa Barbara

Ignacia wants to better understand the social and ecological factors that affect collective action among fishers. As well as to learn how they self-organize to exploit common stocks and how their contexts shape the type of rules they adopt and how they perform. Her research goal is to generate such understanding while considering particularities of small-scale fisheries in developing countries to better inform the role of governments and scientists in co-management strategies.


Ignacia graduated from marine biology in 2013 from Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile and completed a master’s degree in Environmental Science and Management at Bren in 2017. Before coming to Bren, she worked for two years as a research assistant in the Social Complexity Research Center at Universidad del Desarrollo in Santiago, Chile.

Year Admitted: 2017
Research Areas:
Cooperation in common-pool resources; small-scale fisheries management.
Faculty Advisor: Steve Gaines
Office: MSI 1208
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