Prof. John Kurien

 John Kurien was formerly Professor at the Centre for Development Studies (CDS)

Profile: John Kurien was formerly Professor at the Centre for Development Studies (CDS), Trivandrum and is currently Visiting Professor at the Azim Premji University, Bengaluru. In the 1970s he helped small-scale fishers organise marketing cooperatives before moving on to CDS from where, in the mid-1980s, he took the lead initiative to organise the first International Conference of Fishworkers and their Supporters in Rome challenging the absence of fishworker representation at the UN/FAO World Conference on Fisheries held in Rome at the same time. This then led to the formation of the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers in 1986 (www.icsf.net). The ICSF is a global network of social and physical scientists, community organisers, technologists and others who support the cause of a more people-oriented fisheries development and management. He has worked extensively in Cambodia and also in Aceh Province of Indonesia assisting communities and the state in setting up new forms of fisheries co-management institutions. He was Vice-Chair of the UN/FAO Advisory Committee on Fisheries Research for a decade. His publications can be found on https://azimpremjiuniversity.academia.edu/JohnKurien

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