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Gender, Technology and Development

Special Issue on Gender and Fisheries

Gender equality and equity in fisheries and aquaculture have been long discussed and debated. SDG5 on gender equality, which applies to all aspects of the economy and society, clearly states that women must have equal rights and opportunities and that empowerment of women is ‘integral to all dimensions of inclusive and sustainable development’. The continuing issues for women in fisheries and aquaculture – where they make up half the workforce – are the lack of visibility of their work which is most often paid lower than men or remains unpaid, and poor access to resources, technology and markets.

Women need to be heard, counted and empowered in local up to international policy design and its decision-making process. Emerging research methods to situate and understand women’s positions along the fish value chain, unique technologies that empower and benefit women, collectivization for better distribution of benefits, social experiments and experiences that others can emulate, are all happening and being studied. Exposing the evidence is essential so that research results become widely available, read, understood and replicated to close the gender gap in fisheries and aquaculture.

Gender, Technology and Development

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This special issue focuses on learned experiences and empirical evidence from studies in gender in fisheries and aquaculture around the world with special reference to:

  1. Closing gender gaps through policy and programmes – specifically focusing on outcomes
  2. Gender in small scale fisheries and aquaculture
  3. Gender-disaggregated statistics and methods

Is your research focused on gender in fisheries and aquaculture around the world?

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Submitting your article

Details about how to submit your article and its format can be found on the journal website:


Please check on “special issue” when you submit online.

Please follow the journal style guidelines. Papers that do not follow the guidelines will be sent back before going for reviews. Style guidelines are found below:


Submission Timetable

Manuscript submission deadline: July 1, 2019

Accepted papers are expected to appear under a Special Issue in year 2020. 

Editorial Information

Lead Guest Editor:

Nikita Gopal, Principal Scientist, ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, India

Guest Editors:

Meryl J Williams, Queensland, Australia

Kyoko Kusakabe, Professor, Gender and Development Studies, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand

Danika Kleiber, ARC & WorldFish Research Fellow, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, Australia

Surendran Rajaratnam, Senior Research Analyst, WorldFish, Malaysia

Holly Hapke, Director of Research Development, Social Sciences and Social Ecology, University of California-Irvine

Marilyn Porter, Department of Sociology, Memorial University, St. John's, Canada