Research Interests: rights-based natural resource management, policy implications of community perceptions
Sara Sutherland’s dissertation research focuses on natural resource management and its role in influencing industries and communities. The implementation of rights-based management in fisheries has been met with a good deal of resistance despite the positive stock outcomes and an increase in harvesting efficiency. The perceived impact of the institutional change will influence supply chain members’ views/position on the implementation of new management. In the public policy framework, the input of supply-chain members and other stakeholders may influence when and if a catch share program implemented. Sara Sutherland’s dissertation examines sources of processor opposition to catch shares, consequences of processor opposition and the resolution of processor opposition.