Murray Rudd

Associate Professor

Office: E538 Math & Science Building

Phone: 404-727-3262


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  • Associate in Technology, Aquaculture and Fisheries Technology, Malaspina College, British Columbia
  • B.Sc., Agricultural Economics, University of British Columbia
  • M.Sc., Agricultural Economics, University of British Columbia
  • Ph.D., Environmental Sciences, Wageningen University, Netherlands


I started my career in private sector aquaculture and fisheries development. While working on tropical abalone farm development in Southeast Asia in the early-1990s, I saw the environmental damage that tiger prawn farm development was inflicting throughout the region. That provided me with the motivation to return to school and study environmental economics, policy, and governance – after an M.Sc. at UBC, I completed my Ph.D. in environmental sciences (agricultural and rural policy) at Wageningen University (Netherlands).

I now am of the opinion that getting economic and social incentives correct is necessary, but not sufficient, for protecting our environment in the face of ever-increasing pressure arising from a growing population, escalating affluence and consumption, and the many manifestations of global environmental change. In my view, we need fundamental changes in personal and societal values as well as in institutional evolution. Ultimately we need to consider how peoples’ worldviews influence both their behavior and their satisfaction with life in an environment where we increasingly bump up against hard environmental boundaries.

Among my current duties, I am an Associate Editor with Environmental Management and a Senior Editor with the new University of California open access ‘mega-journal’, Collabra.

Outside of work, I love to travel, spend time in mountains, take pictures (, stay active (cycling and running primarily), and meditate (sometimes in combination with the various other interests).

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Research Projects/Collaborations

  • Too Big to Ignore. A global partnership for the future of small-scale fisheries. Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership grant led by Ratana Chuenpagdee, Memorial University, 2012-18.
  • Tropical coastal resilience. Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) working group led by Rebecca Lewison (San Diego State University) and Ellen Hines (San Francisco State University), 2014-2015.
  • Global horizon scanning/research prioritization for Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) multi-regional (North America, Africa, Latin America, Europe, Asia-Pacific) and global research question prioritization exercise, 2013-16. Led by Bryan Brooks, Baylor University.
  • Socio-economic impacts and social implications from reduced capture fisheries in the Lower Mekong Basin (consulting project for the Mekong River Commission Fisheries Programme, 2014-15). Household survey on fisheries production and use among households across the Lower Mekong Basin (Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos).

Current Research Opportunities for Students