Kate Barclay is a fisheries social scientist who has done contract research for organizations including: the United Nations Development Programme, the Pacific islands Forum Fisheries Agency, WWF, the European Parliament, and the World Bank.
Kate Barclay researches the social aspects of tuna industries in the island Pacific, Japan and Australia. This started with her PhD research in the late 1990s looking at the development outcomes from a pole-and-line joint venture between the Solomon Islands government and Japanese fishing company Taiyo Gyogyo (now Maruha), and the role of specialist pole-and-line fishermen from Okinawa. She broadened this in a postdoctoral study to consider development opportunities for other kinds of tuna industries for six Pacific Island countries, and has also investigated the governance arrangements for southern Bluefin tuna industries in Japan and Australia. She has published over 25 peer reviewed journal articles and chapters in research books. In 2013 she published with Greenpeace case studies of and recommendations for development opportunities from smaller scale tuna industries, including pole-and-line, for Pacific Island countries. Her current research interest is in integrating social research with ecological and economic research to give a more useful evidence base for natural resource management. Kate is an academic at the University of Technology Sydney, where she teaches on international studies and globalization.