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In Life, Fish and Mangroves, Melissa Marschke explores the potential of resource governance, offering a case study of resource-dependent village life. Following six households and one village-based institution in coastal Cambodia over a twelve-year period, Marschke reveals the opportunities and constraints facing villagers and illustrates why local resource management practices remain delicate, even with a sustained effort.  She highlights how government and business interests in community-based management and resource exploitation combine to produce a complex, highly uncertain dynamic. With this instructive study, she demonstrates that in spite of a significant effort, spanning many years and engaging many players, resource governance remains fragile and coastal livelihoods in Cambodia remain precarious.

Author Bio

Melissa Marschke is assistant professor at the School of International​Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa. Her research centres on human-environment relations, with a particular focus on resource governance, livelihoods and social-ecological change. She has been researching fisheries and resource governance issues in Cambodia since 1998.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Desiring local resource governance

Chapter 2: Governing a coveted resource

Chapter 3: Life in a resource-dependent village, 1998 to 2010

Chapter 4: Villagers pursuing local resource governance, 1998 to 2010

Chapter 5: Resource governance across administrative units

Chapter 6: Probing the failures

Conclusion: Resource governance at the margins


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