Marian Binkley

Emeritus Professor


Mailing Address: 
Room 1128, McCain Building, 6135 University Avenue
PO Box 15000, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2


  • MA, PhD University of Toronto

Research interests

Marian Binkley, an anthropologist, has conducted extensive research in maritime communities. Her first two books, Voices from Off Shore (1994) and Risks, Dangers and Rewards (1995) focus on working conditions, in the Nova Scotian deep sea fishing fleet. Her next monograph, Set Adrift: Fishing Families (2002) compares coastal and deep sea fishermen's households in their adaptations to the extraordinary pressures put upon them by the current Atlantic Canadian fisheries crisis and its effects on these men's work. Her lastest volume Changing Tides: Gender, globalization and world fisheries (2005), co-edited with Barbara Neis, Siri Gerard and Christina Manezy, explores the relationship between globalization and gender against the backdrop of the world fisheries crisis. 

Professor Binkley's current research extends in two directions. One project examines the relationship between tourism and sustainable livelihoods. The other project looks at the relationships between the cod fish moratorium and occupational health and safety concerns of fishers of Newfoundland and Labrador. Professor Binkley has also been involved in development projects in the West Indies, Indonesia, and the Philippines, focusing on resource management and other environmental concerns.

Selected publications

  • 2008  "Lessons from Offshore": Challenges and opportunities in linking data to promote understanding of accidents and injuries among Newfoundland and Labrador fishers 1989 to 2001, lead author with Kate Bigney, Barbara Neis, and Stephen Bornstein to Marine Policy, 32(6): 905-912.
  • 2008 "Fishing occupational health and safety: a comparison of regulatory regimes and safety outcomes in six countries," with M.J.S. Windle, B. Neis, S. Bornstein, and P. Navarro to Marine Policy, 32 (4): 701-710.
  • 2005  Changing Tides: Gender, globalization and world fisheries , with Barbara Neis, Sirl Gerard and Christina Menez. Halifax: Fernwood Press.
  • 2003  Set Adrift: Fishing Families. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • 1995. Risk, Dangers and Rewards in the Nova Scotia Offshore Fishery, Montreal: McGill-Queen's Press.
  • 1994. Voices From Off Shore: Narratives of Risk and Danger in the Nova Scotia Deep Sea Fishery. St. John's, Newfoundland: ISER Books.