Dr. Courtenay E. Parlee

Dr. Courtenay E. Parlee

Ocean Frontier Institute Postdoctoral Fellow



Dr. Courtenay E. Parlee is an Ocean Frontier Institute postdoctoral fellow at the Grenfell Campus Environmental Policy Institute, and an Honourary Research Associate at the University of New Brunswick. She received an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. [Anthropology, Political Science, Sociology] from the University of New Brunswick in 2016 after receiving an MPhil in Policy Studies [Alternative Dispute Resolution stream] from the University of New Brunswick in 2011, and a BA in History from Acadia University in 2006. Her graduate training focused on conflict and conflict resolution, power relations, environmental policy and law with a focus on fisheries and oceans, and the human dimensions of natural resource management. Her current research includes access to fisheries resources and markets in Newfoundland and Labrador, and governance entanglements in environmental certification and traceability. She is currently the vice-president of the Back to the Sea Society, and on the Board of Directors for the Fishermen and Scientists Research Society.

Research Interests

• Conflict and conflict resolution
• Power relations and dynamics
• Environmental policy and law (ex. fisheries and oceans)
• Human dimensions of sustainable resource management


  • PhD, Interdisciplinary [Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science], University of New Brunswick (2016).
  • MPhil, Policy Studies, University of New Brunswick (2011).
  • BA in History, Acadia University (2006).


  • Co-Investigator, Access to Resources and Markets in a Context of Social-Ecological Change, Module I: Informing Governance Responses in a Changing Ocean, Ocean Frontier Institute.



Selected Publications

Carruthers, E., Parlee, C.E., Foley, P., Keenan, R. 2019. Onshore Benefits from Fishing. Tracking Value from the Northern Shrimp Fishery to Communities in Newfoundland and Labrador. Marine Policy, 103:130-137.

Angel, Eric., Edwards, Danielle., Hawkshaw, Sarah., Wor, Catarina., Parlee, Courtenay E. (2018). A Comprehensive Framework for Sustainable Fisheries. Ecology & Society, 24(4): 12.

Parlee, C. E. and M. G. Wiber. 2018. Using conflict over risk management in the marine environment to strengthen measures of governance. Ecology and Society 23(4):5. [online] URL: https://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol23/iss4/art5/

Stephenson, R., M. Wiber, M., Paul, S., Angel, E., Benson A., Charles, A., Chouinard,O., Edwards, D., Foley, P., Lane, D., McIsaac, D., Neis, B., Parlee, C.E., Pinkerton, E., Saunders, M., Squires, K., Sumaila, R.U. . 2018. Integrating diverse objectives for sustainable fisheries in Canada. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. DOI: 10.1139/cjfas-2017-0345. Available online: http://www.nrcresearchpress.com/doi/pdf/10.1139/cjfas-2017-0345

Parlee, Courtenay E. and Wiber, Melanie G. Whose Audit Is It? Harnessing the Power of Audit Culture in Conditions of Legal Pluralism. The Journal of Legal Pluralism and Folk Law, 47(1):96-111.

Parlee, Courtenay E. and Wiber, Melanie G. Institutional Innovation in Fisheries Government: Adaptive Co-Management in Situations of Legal Pluralism. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 11:48-54.

Parlee, Courtenay E. and Wiber, Melanie G. Power and Legal Pluralism in Lobster Traceability. Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law, 64:121-148.