A Conversation with Professor Rashid Sumaila


Professor Rashid Sumaila, who is jointly appointed with the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA) and the Institute for Oceans and Fisheries, has made significant strides in his sustainability research over the years and continues to create positive impact with his ongoing projects. Sumaila reflects on his career in a conversation with SPPGA, sharing his motivations and unpacking the global issues that he strives to address.

As a Scientific Director of the Solving FCB Partnership, a 6-year global partnership mediating the nexus of food security, climate change, and biodiversity loss, he notes the following about sustainability challenges:

“Eight countries take the most (fish), but if you close the high seas to fishing, turn it into what I call a fish bank for the world where the fish go in, they get peace, they grow, and they come back in, then all coastal countries will have the opportunity to catch them because they go in and out; even smaller countries. That is the point about inequality and equity; food security for people who really need food.”
Professor, SPPGA