Jessica Spijkers

M.Sc, Social-ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development

2016-2020 Stockholm Resilience Centre

Post-Doctoral Researcher, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Tasmania

Jessica Spijkers is a Ph.D. student at the Stockholm Resilience Centre (Sweden) and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Australia). In her Ph.D., she seeks to understand where, why and with what social-ecological consequences international conflicts over shared fish stocks occur. She aims to develop scenarios for future conflict under climate scenarios to develop recommendations on how to cope with and adapt to change, how to reduce the risk of conflict, and increase the prospects for sustainable, equitable use of shared marine resources.


Blasiak, R., Spijkers, J., Tokunaga, K., Pittman, J., Yagi, N., Österblom, H., 2017, Climate change and marine fisheries: Least developed countries top global index of vulnerability, PLoS ONE, 12(6), e0179632., link

Österblom H., Jouffray J., Spijkers J., 2016, Where and how to prioritize fishery reform?, Fisheries Management, Governance, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of Americalink

Spijkers, J., Singh, G., Blasiak, R., Morrison, T.H., Le Billon, P. and Österblom, H. (2019). Global patterns of fisheries conflict: Forty years of data. Global Environmental Change, 57, 101921. link

Jessica Spijkers is a PhD student at the Stockholm Resilience Centre (Sweden) and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Australia).

September 6, 2016 | FisheriesSocial Responsibility

Nereus Program fellow Jessica Spijkers attended the 2017 EAT Stockholm Food Forum, hosted between June 12 and 13, 2017. At the conference, 500 of the world’s leading experts from the science, business, politics, and civil society fields gathered to collaborate on transforming the food system to solve the interconnected challenges of climate, sustainable development, and health.

June 27, 2017

Nereus Research Associate Colette Wabnitz (University of British Columbia) attended, and Nereus Fellow Jessica Spijkers (Stockholm Resilience Center) co-facilitated a workshop on fisheries resources and conflict at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at University of California, Santa Barbara. The purpose of the workshop was to better understand exiting types of fisheries conflicts, and which drivers spark different types of conflict and intensities.

October 30, 2018 | Fisheries

Past Event

27 October 2017 - 27 October 2017

On Friday, October 27 at 11:00am, Nereus Program Fellow Jessica Spijkers (Stockholm Resilience Centre) and Department of Geography and Liu Institute for Global Issues Professor Dr. Philippe Le Billon (UBC) are hosting a seminar for the Institute of Oceans and Fisheries (IOF).
Past Event

22 October 2018 - 26 October 2018

Nereus Research Associate Colette Wabnitz (UBC) and Fellow Jessica Spijkers (Stockholm Resilience Center) will be attending a workshop on renewable natural resources, with a focus on conflict over resources in the anthropocene at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Nereus research fellow Jessica Spijkers’s (Stockholm Resilience Centre – SRC) recent publication on the rise in international fisheries conflicts is the focus of an article in Hakai Magazine – ‘International Fish Fights on the Rise’.

October 21, 2018 | FisheriesLaw and Governance