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Fikret Berkes

Royal Society of Canada (RSC) recognizes Fikret Berkes, Canada Research Chair in Community-Based Resource Management (Natural Resources Institute)

September 17, 2015 — 

Berkes is an influential scholar and international leader in the areas of commons theory and the interrelations between societies and their resources. He has been researching the conditions under which “the tragedy of the commons” may be avoided. He has produced some 230 scholarly publications, including ten books, and contributed to the literature of linked social-ecological systems, resilience, and indigenous ecological knowledge.

Election to the RSC is considered the highest honour an academic can achieve in the arts, humanities and sciences. Berkes is among 87 new Fellows elected for 2015 and will officially be inducted and honoured on Nov. 27 in Victoria, British Columbia.

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