Gabriela Sabau

Kelly Vodden
October 31, 2013
Liam Miller
November 22, 2013

Dr. Gabriela Sabau holds a BA and a PhD in Economics from the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest (2000). Before coming to Canada, Gabriela was an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest and a member of a Romanian national research network for sustainable reconstruction of Romania. Since 2003, she is an Associate Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland. In 2013 she was awarded the Grenfell Campus Teaching Award. Since 2008 Gabriela is also a Visiting Professor at University Center of the Westfjords in Iceland where she teaches a Master’s course in Economics and Policies of Coastal and Marine Areas. Gabriela’s research interests are sustainable development, fueled by scientific knowledge and value judgements; unjust un-economic growth; demand-side management of water resources; and sustainable management of fisheries, with a focus on small-scale fisheries. She is a member of the international research network “Too Big to Ignore”, dedicated to global revival of small-scale fisheries. Gabriela is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal for Worldwide Holistic Sustainable Development.

  • BA, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania
  • PhD, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania
Research Interests
  • The Anthropocene and climate change: Ecological economics and the objective value of life
  • Relevance of the FAO Voluntary guidelines for sustainable development of small-scale fisheries.
  • The Promise of Agroecology: Small-Scale Organic Agriculture for Newfoundland and Labrador



Gabriela is a member of the Too Big To Ignore ( research network.


Examples of Recent Courses Taught:

  • Economics 2010: Intro to Microeconomics
  • Economics 2020: Intro to Macroeconomics
  • Economics/Environmental Studies 3085:  Issues in Ecological Economics
  • Environmental Studies 3000: Issues in Environmental Economics
  • Environmental Studies 4950: Independent Research Project
  • Since 2008 I have been a Visiting Professor at the University Center of the Westfjords, Iceland, teaching a Master’s course Economics and Policies of Coastal and Marine Areas
Supervised Students

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Environmental Policy


  • Ayoola Samuel Odeyemi
  • Redwan Ahmed
  • Conor A. Edwards (co-supervised with S. Decker)
  • Nick Mercer (co-supervised with A. Klinke)
  • Obafemi Okusipe



  • F.I.M. Muktadir Boksh (Completed)


University Center of the Westfjords, Iceland


  • Lucian Enita
  • Mette Kjellerup Schiønning
  • Aris Thomasberger
Selected Publications


Chapters in Books

  • “Costa Rica: A Champion of the UN-FAO Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries”, manuscript in preparation.
  • “Environmental Studies Now”, chapter in volume Environmental Science for the Curious, editor, Kishor Vaidya, University of Camberra, Australia, in print, June 2014.
  • “Whose fish is it anyway? Iceland’s cod fishery rights”, chapter in the book World Small-Scale Fisheries. Contemporary Visions. Ed. Ratana Chuenpagdee, Eburon Delft, 2011:173-184.
  • “Moral Knowledge, the Forgotten Dimension of Sustainability”, chapter in ebook Environments, Sustainability and Technologies, Inter-disciplinary Press, Oxford, United Kingdom, 2006, ISBN 1-904710-32-8.
  •  “On Complexity”, chapter in the book The Institutional-Spiritual Reconstruction of Enterprises – Prerequisite for Sustainable Development in the Knowledge Society (I. Gh. Rosca, B. Cotigaru, V. Petrescu, C. Popescu, eds.) Bucuresti, Editura ASE, 2006, pp. 83-124.
  • Part I “The Knowledge Society – Framework for Sustainable Development” (Chapters 1-4) in the book Sustainable Reconstruction. Principles and Action (B. Cotigaru, V. Petrescu, I.G. Rosca, eds.) Bucuresti, Editura ASE, 2004, pp. 23-129.
  • “Prerequisites of Transition from the Industrial Society to the Knowledge Society”, chapter in the book Information Society/Knowledge Society, Bucuresti, Editura Academiei Romane, 2001, pp. 245-265.


  •  “Economics as Moral Science”, review of B. Hodgson’s homonymous book in Philosophy of the Social Sciences, Sage Publications, Volume 33, Issue 4, December 2003.
  • “Towards a New Partnership based on RD for Sustainable Reconstruction of Contemporary Economy and Society”, (with B. Cotigaru, V. Petrescu, O. Hoffmann, W. Kappel), in Economistul, Bucharest, year XIII, no.1285 (2311), 27 January 2003.


Too Big to Ignore: global partnership for the future of small-scale fisheries. Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership grant. Co-applicant (1 of 48) for Cdn $4.83 m ($2.5 m grant; $2.33 contributions) project (2012-2018) led by R Chuengpagdee, MUN, St. John’s.


The Future of Nature? SSHRC Connect Grant for the Future of Nature? International Conference, Grenfell Campus, September 10-13, 2015. Co-applicant with Sean McGrath (Philosophy, MUN) for CAD $50.000 (granted CAD $ 50.000).Co-applicant for the Cross Campus Initiative fund. Granted: $1250.


Grenfell Vice-President Grant for research entitled: The Degree of Preparedness by Newfoundland Fisheries for the CETA Agreement: $1,500.


Grant received from the National Agency for Research, Technology and Innovation, Bucharest for a research project: RDI (Research-Development-Innovation) – a New Model for Sustainable Development. Total amount: US $10,000/year.

Awards & Honours

2013  – Grenfell Teaching Award

2003 – “Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen” Award for outstanding results in economic research, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest.

2002 – “Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen” Award for outstanding results in economic research, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest.

2001 – “Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen” Award for outstanding results in economic research, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest.