Alyne Delaney

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Alyne Delaney
Tohoku University
Center for Northeast Asian Studies


I am an environmental anthropologist investigating human-environmental interactions in coastal zones. My technical expertise lies in social science research methods and qualitative analyses of marine governance, social organizations, resource rights, and fisheries management issues worldwide where I come from the perspective of people's position in socio-ecological systems. I am particularly interested in social sustainability, innovation and adaptation, and risk and resilience. I have also worked on gender issues in fisheries, the cultural valuation of biodiversity/natural resources, social impact assessments of policies, and social indicators for marine management and governance. Additional, current interests include disaster and revitalisation, and visual research methodologies, such as ethnographic film.

My long-term ethnographic work (since 1991) focuses in Japanese coastal communities, most recently on the impact of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake in Miyagi Prefecture. This ethnographic fieldwork has been funded by groups such as The Japan Foundation, The Centre for Northeast Asian Studies (Tohoku University), and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

I am also researching the role of cultural heritage in social resilience with fieldwork in Miyagi, Japan. My most recent European project, for which I was the Coordinator, was the H2020 Project PERICLES: PrEseRvIng and sustainably governing Cultural heritage and Landscapes in European coastal and maritime regionS (2018-2021).
My regional experience includes Japan, Southeast Asia, and Africa in addition to Greenland and the European Union.

My many service activities include serving as the Editor-in-Chief for The Commons Digest. I also serve on the conference committees for MARE People and the Sea (Amsterdam) and the International Association for the Study of the Commons; serving as a reviewer for numerous academic journal (e.g., Ambio, the IJC, MAST, Fish and Fisheries ICES Journal of Marine Science, serving as an executive board member for Sea and Shore (DK); MARE (the Netherlands); the IASC (International); and serving as an invited International Scientific Expert for the Dutch Pulse Trawl Research Programme. 2015-2019. Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Agriculture.

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Apr 2018
Associate Professor, Center for Northeast Asian Studies, Tohoku University

Published Papers

Suvi Ignatius, Alyne Delaney, Alyne Delaney, Päivi Haapasaari, Päivi Haapasaari
Environmental Science and Policy   94 1-8   Apr 2019
© 2018 The Authors The socio-cultural values associated with fish and fisheries affect the utilization and management of fish resources. However, these values often remain implicit in fisheries governance. This paper suggests addressing values exp...
Ounanian Kristen, Carballo-Cardenas Eira, van Tatenhove Jan P. M., Delaney Alyne, Papadopoulou K. Nadia, Smith Christopher J.
MARINE POLICY   96 136-144   Oct 2018   [Refereed]
Hadjimichael Maria, Delaney Alyne Elizabeth
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF THE COMMONS   11(1) 200-219   2017   [Refereed]
A. Delaney, K. Frangoudes, S. A. Ii
Seaweed in Health and Disease Prevention   7-40   Apr 2016
© 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Throughout the world, seaweed has held an important role in culture and society. This chapter provides an overview of the uses of seaweeds and their management, focusing in particular, though not exclusive...
Alyne E. Delaney
Sustainability in Contemporary Rural Japan: Challenges and Opportunities   3-17   Dec 2015
Hattam Caroline, Bohnke-Henrichs Anne, Boerger Tobias, Burdon Daryl, Hadjimichael Maria, Delaney Alyne, Atkins Jonathan P., Garrard Samantha, Austen Melanie C.
ECOLOGICAL ECONOMICS   120 126-138   Dec 2015   [Refereed]
Johannes Wilhelm, Alyne Delaney
Japan Copes with Calamity   99-124   Feb 2015
Alyne Elizabeth Delaney
Disaster's Impact on Livelihood and Cultural Survival: Losses, Opportunities, and Mitigation   63-74   Jan 2015
© 2015 by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. This chapter explores one Miyagi coastal community’s plans for rebuilding and revitalizing neighborhoods in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011 (3.11). Research shows an intense de...
Rikke B. Jacobsen, Alyne E. Delaney
Maritime Studies   13    Dec 2014
© 2014, Jacobsen and Delaney; licensee Springer. This article approaches the topic of social sustainability as a discourse which holds potential for affecting fishery policy and investigates the extent to which this potential has actually material...
Hadjimichael Maria, Delaney Alyne, Kaiser Michel J., Edwards-Jones Gareth
AMBIO   42(8) 1037-1046   Nov 2013   [Refereed]
Transition in nori cultivation: evolution of household contribution and gendered division of labor
Delaney Alyne E.
CAHIERS DE BIOLOGIE MARINE   52(4) 527-533   2011   [Refereed]
Schwach Vera, Bailly Denis, Christensen Anne-Sofie, Delaney Alyne E., Degnbol Poul, van Densen Wim L. T., Holm Petter, McLay H. Anne, Nielsen Kire Nolde, Pastoors Martin A., Reeves Stuart A., Wilson Douglas C.
ICES JOURNAL OF MARINE SCIENCE   64(4) 798-803   May 2007   [Refereed]
Delaney Alyne E., McLay H. Anne, van Densen Wim L. T.
ICES JOURNAL OF MARINE SCIENCE   64(4) 804-810   May 2007   [Refereed]
Delaney Alyne E., Hastie Jonathan E.
OCEAN & COASTAL MANAGEMENT   50(8) 661-682   2007   [Refereed]

Books etc

Society and Seaweed: Understanding the past and present
Alyne Delaney, K. Frangoudes, and S. Ii (Part:Contributor)
Elsevier   2016   
Book Chapter in Fleurence and Levine (eds.) Seaweed in Health and Disease Prevention
Japanese Fishing Cooperative Associations: Governance in an era Consolidation
Alyne Delaney
Book chapter in Jentoft, S. and R. Chuenpagdee (eds.) Interactive Governance for Small Scale Fisheries: Global Reflections