María José Barragán Paladines

Science Director

María José obtained a PhD in Human Geography at Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s, Canada. Her undergraduate in Biological Sciences at the Pontifical Catholic University and her Master’s in Sustainable Resource Management at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany, paved her research interest on coastal marine ecosystems and marine protected areas (MPAs) with special attention paid to marine wildlife management. Her PhD research was inspired by the interactive governance framework applied to better understand the governability of MPAs, oceans and marine systems, with the case study of the Galapagos Marine Reserve. As a postdoc at the “Development and Knowledge Sociology” Working Group at the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) in Bremen, Germany, she advanced new research agendas, by integrating the development and knowledge sociology approach into small-scale fisheries sustainability, fishing communities’ viability, marine food security and marine systems and ocean governance.

Over the past decade, María José collaborated with various research clusters, such as Too Big to Ignore TBTI and Global Research Partnership for Small-Scale Fisheries. These collaborations produced initiatives and publications on small-scale fisheries. She is currently the Science Director at CDF, having served as its Interim Executive Director from April 2020 to February 2021.


María José's stories

26 Apr 23 /
A New Coastal Marine Protected Area
María José Barragán Paladines