Dr Megan Bailey is a fisheries economist whose work focuses on finding solutions at the intersection of markets and states to promote sustainable fishing and sustainable consumption.
Bailey received her PhD from the UBC Fisheries Centre in 2012, where she sought solutions to global tuna governance through the lens of game theory and economics. She then spent three years as a Postdoctoral Researcher with the Environmental Policy Group at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. During this time, she has helped to coordinate the international BESTTuna programme and launched IFITT, one of the first full-chain seafood traceability initiatives to link Indonesian tuna producers with consumers in the United States and Europe.
In 2015, Bailey took up a position as Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Integrated Ocean and Coastal Governance with the Marine Affairs Program at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. Her research focuses on how innovations in private market-based governance for developing world fisheries can strengthen public management to improve cooperation for global fisheries governance. This work integrates notions of sustainability governance dealing with both production and consumption, and recognises that collaboration of different stakeholders towards transparency and trust in global seafood value chains is necessary for cooperative and sustainable management.