Project Personnel

Peter R. Sinclair
(Ph.D. Edinburgh) is currently University Research Professor in the Department of Sociology at Memorial University of Newfoundland. His books include From Traps to Draggers (1985), State Intervention and the Newfoundland Fisheries (1987), When the Fish Are Gone (1997), Living on the Edge: the Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland (1995), Aquacultural Development: Social Dimensions of an Emerging Industry (co-editor, 1996), and Power and Restructuring: Canada's Coastal Society and Environment (co-editor, in press). He has published over 100 refereed articles, book chapters, and reviews. His research interests encompass global commodity networks and local restructuring, sociology of fisheries science, the political ecology of forest industries in rural Alabama and western Newfoundland, energy issues, environmental policy and interdisciplinary ecosystems theory.

Sean T. Cadigan
Dr. Cadigan is an associate professor in the Department of History at Memorial University of Newfoundland.  He completed a Ph.D. thesis at Memorial University on the social and economic relations of the nineteenth-century Newfoundland fishery in 1991. The University of Toronto Press published a book, Hope and Deception in Conception Bay, based on this thesis research in 1995. Cadigan's book won the Canadian Historical Association Merit Award for Regional History (Atlantic) in 1996.  Since then he has held research grants from a number of agencies, including the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.  From 2000 to 2003, Cadigan served as member and/or chair of the policy proposal evaluation committee of Petroleum Research Atlantic Canada.  He is currently engaged in research and publication on the ecological culture of coastal communities and marine-resource management.  Dr. Cadigan has recently been awarded the 2006 Ritter Memorial Fellowship from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, California.

Leah Fusco
is an M.A. student in sociology at Memorial University. She is currently working on her thesis which is to explain the extent of environmental activism in Newfoundland in response to the offshore oil industry. She completed her undergraduate degree in political economy and political sociology of the environment at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick.