Luke Fairbanks, PhD  |  Ocean and coastal social science

I’m a human geographer and environmental social scientist based in Beaufort, North Carolina, where I'm a Research Scientist at Duke University Marine Lab. My research explores human-environment interactions, focusing on ocean and coastal spaces, resources, governance, and policies. My primary work is a project exploring the broad range of values and attitudes people associate with seafood production in North Carolina. The research is a collaboration with colleagues at Duke, the University of Maine, and the University of North Carolina Coastal Studies Institute. My other work includes research on the human dimensions of large marine protected areas (LMPAs), critical perspectives on marine spatial planning (MSP) in the United States, and the development of US marine aquaculture policy. For more about my research click here or check out the links below.

Recent news

Fairbanks 2018. Policy mobilities and the sociomateriality of U.S. offshore aquaculture governance. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space. [PDF]

Fairbanks et al. 2018. Assembling Enclosure: Reading Marine Spatial Planning for Alternatives. Annals of the American Association of Geographers. [Limited OA]

Gruby et al. 2017. Conceptualizing social outcomes of large marine protected areas. Coastal Management. [OA; also see our article in The Conversation]