Robert Blasiak

Ph.D., International Cooperation

2017-2019 Stockholm University

Researcher (Stockholm University)

Robert Blasiak is a post-doctoral researcher at the Stockholm Resilience Centre and a visiting researcher at the University of Tokyo. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo, where he focused on how conflict and cooperation among states can impact the conservation and sustainable use of ocean resources. His current research focuses not only on how states can promote sustainable ocean management, but also the crucial role that can be played by transnational corporations, intergovernmental bodies and non-governmental organizations.


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

Blasiak, R., Jouffray, J.B., Wabnitz, C.C.C., Sundstrom, E. and Osterblom, H., 2018. Corporate control and global governance of marine genetic resources. Science Advances 4(6), eaar5237. link

Blasiak, R., Hsiang-Wen Huang, J., Ishihara, H., Kelling, I., Lieng, S., Lindoff, H., Macfarlane, A., Minohara, A., Miyakoshi, Y., Wisse, H., Yagi, N., 2017, Promoting diversity and inclusiveness in seafood certification and ecolabelling: Prospects for Asia, Marine Policy, 85, 42-57, link

Blasiak, R., Jouffray, J-B., Wabnitz, C.C.C., Österblom, H. (2019). Scientists Should Disclose Origin in Marine Gene Patents. Trends in Ecology & Evolution. DOI: link

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

Wabnitz, C. & Blasiak, R. (2019). The rapidly changing world of ocean finance. Marine Policy, 107, 103526. link

Blasiak, R., Wabnitz, C., Daw, T., Berger, M., Blandon, A., Carneiro, G . . . Wiegler, K. (2019). Towards greater transparency and coherence in funding for sustainable marine fisheries and healthy oceans. Marine Policy, 107, 103508  link

Pittman, J., Wabnitz, C., & Blasiak, R. (2019). A global assessment of structural change in development funding for fisheries. Marine Policy, 109, Marine Policy. link

Jouffray, J., Blasiak, R., Norström, A.V., Österblom, H., & Nyström, M. (2020). The Blue Acceleration: The Trajectory of Human Expansion into the Ocean. One Earth 2, 43-54. link.

Robert Blasiak, Nereus Fellow at Stockholm Resilience centre, has published a new study on climate change vulnerability.

January 22, 2018

By Robert Blasiak, Nereus Program Fellow at Stockholm Resilience Centre

Fachidiot! This wonderfully direct word from the German language describes a person who knows their subject (Fach), and nothing else. It was on my mind recently as I read articles in a new special issue of the journal Ecology & Society on “Reconciling Art and Science for Sustainability”. The issue is filled with contributions from scientists and artists who have in some sense travelled into unknown and unfamiliar territory, and discovered along the way that this was feeding innovation and adding value to their work.

October 26, 2017

By Robert Blasiak, Nereus Program Fellow at Stockholm University

Let’s turn the clock back 113 years. The prominent German zoologist Franz Doflein is about to embark on a two-year journey with the dream of becoming one of the first scientists to study the marine flora and fauna of the deep-sea trenches off the coast of Japan. Reports that the Japanese and Russian empires have just declared war on each other are troubling, yet months of preparation cannot be abandoned, and in the summer of 1904, he boards the Prince Heinrich, a steamship bound for East Asia.

August 22, 2017

Nereus researchers Robert Blasiak (Stockholm Resilience Center – SRC), Colette Wabnitz (University of British Columbia) and Henrik Österblom (SRC) recently published a paper, ‘Scientists Should Disclose Origin in Marine Gene Patents’ in the journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution. Here you can read a brief description of their work, as well as access the article in full.

March 5, 2019 | Biodiversity

Nereus fellow Robert Blasiak writes about the negotiations at the United Nations (UN) on conserving biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ), and the timely appearance of marine genetic resources in the mainstream media.

September 24, 2018 | Law and GovernanceBiodiversity

Nereus fellows Robert Blasiak (Stockholm Resilience Center) and Harriet Harden-Davies (University of Wollongong) both appear in The New York Times article ‘What 13,000 Patents Involving the DNA of Sea Life Tell Us About the Future’. Both fellows attended the United Nations debate earlier in September, about the future global legal framework for genetic resources on the high seas, and were interviewed for the article.

September 18, 2018 | OceanographyBiodiversity

A workshop on ocean finance co-organized by Nereus Program researchers Robert Blasiak (Stockholm Resilience Centre) and Colette Wabnitz (University of British Columbia) took place on December 6-7, 2018 at the Stockholm Resilience Center. Nereus fellow Robert Blasiak writes about the workshop, which included Solène Guggisberg (Utrecht University) presenting her recent publication on funding coastal and marine fisheries projects under the climate change regime.

December 28, 2018 | Climate ChangeFisheries

Past Event

4 September 2018 - 4 September 2018

Daniel Dunn and Robert Blasiak will be participating in an exciting Facebook Live event by Science Advances to coincide with the start of the BBNJ Treaty negotiations and the publication of the corresponding special issue.
Past Event

6 December 2018 - 7 December 2018

Nereus Research Associate Colette Wabnitz (UBC) and Fellow Robert Blasiak (Stockholm Resilience Center) will be co-hosting a workshop on ocean finances at the Stockholm Resilience Center in Sweden.
Past Event

25 October 2018 - 4 November 2018

Nereus fellow Robert Blasiak (Stockholm Resilience Center) and Director William Cheung (UBC) will be attending the PICES-2018 Annual Meeting in Yokohama, Japan on October 25th-November 4th, 2018.
Past Event

10 July 2017 - 14 July 2017

Nereus Program Fellow Robert Blasiak will be attending the XVI Biennial IASC Conference on 'Practicing the commons: Self-governance, cooperation, and institutional change.'

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’.

Colette Wabnitz (UBC) and Robert Blasiak (Stockholm Resilience Centre) are guest editors this month for a special issue on Ocean Finance in the journal Marine Policy. Solène Guggisberg (Utrecht University) also contributes with a paper on funding fisheries projects under the climate change regime.

Robert Blasiak (Stockholm Resilience Centre), Colette Wabnitz (UBC) and Solène Guggisberg (Utrecht University) are all co-authors on a publication in the Marine Policy special issue on Ocean Finance. Their paper resulted from a two-day workshop focused on the transparency of ocean financial resources, which took place at the Stockholm Resilience Centre in December 2018.

Colette Wabnitz (UBC) and Robert Blasiak (Stockholm Resilience Centre) are co-authors on a new paper in the journal Marine Policy – ‘A global assessment of structural change in development funding for fisheries’.

Robert Blasiak and Henrik Österblom from the Stockholm Resilience Centre are part of a research team on a new publication in One Earth, “The Blue Acceleration: The Trajectory of Human Expansion into the Ocean.” You can read a short summary and access the article here.

Nereus alumnus Robert Blasiak (Stockholm Resilience Centre) wrote an article for The Conversation about the newest publication he co-authored concerning the Blue Acceleration. You can read it and access the original article here.