The sub-project ‘Inclusion, social justice and equity in urban and rural coastal communities’ (Co-PI Prof Nicole Power, Postdoctoral fellow Dr Christine Knott and collaborator Dr Madeleine Gustavsson), part of the wider OFI FOCI project focus on primarily three things:
First, it is documenting ways in which some community members (e.g., racialized migrants, people with disabilities, people from lower socioeconomic standings, women and youth) have been integrated into and excluded from fisheries (e.g., harvesting, processing, aquaculture, food and recreational fisheries, sport fishing) through past, present and imagined future infrastructures. Second, we examine how these processes and practices challenge or reinforce systems of inequalities and oppression and shape our relations to marine animals. Third, we develop an approach to imagining alternative FOCI infrastructure designs that are inclusive, just and equitable models of fish-human relations. An interdisciplinary fisheries research collaborative that draws on feminist equity framing to support trainees and early career fishery researchers will be developed along with a website. The project will carry out 6-8 roundtables with members of diverse groups, conduct walking interviews with selected community members.