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- Mixed methods
- Social-Ecological Network Analysis
- Small-Scale Fisheries
- Traders and supply chains
- Self-governing institutions
Blanca González García-Mon's PhD research focuses on cross-scale interactions in small-scale food systems
González García-Mon brings together empirical knowledge of small-scale fisheries and small-scale agriculture, and diverse methodologies to understand social-ecological systems across scales. She is currently using network analysis and agent-based models as her main analytical tools to studythe structure and dynamics of trade networks within social-ecological systems.
González García-Mon holds a Master of Science in Sustainability after studying the Master’s programme Social-Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development at the Stockholm Resilience Center (2015-2017). Her master’s thesis studied a seafood supply chain in Baja California Sur, Mexico, from a social-ecological network approach. She was supervised by Örjan Bodin at the Stockholm Resilience Center and co-supervised by Xavier Basurto and Mateja Nenadovic from Duke University.
She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the Autonoma University of Madrid (2011-2015). In Madrid, she collaborated with the social-ecological systems laboratory, where she was initiated to social-ecological systems research working in the project “Ecosystem services assessment applied to fisheries management’ in Spain.
González García-Mon has always wanted to complement her academic knowledge with practical experience. She is founding member of Mensa cívica, a non-profit organization that aims to promote sustainability in collective food services in Spain. In addition, she has volunteered in various projects in Spain, in a conservation project in Senegal, and in organic farms.
Awards and achievements:
’la Caixa’ Banking Foundation scholarship (2015)
Special Mention for Best Academic Records (Autonoma University of Madrid)
Internship grant (Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport)
News articles with González García-Mon, Blanca
Research news | 2023-01-13
Going beyond dichotomies of local versus global food systems
Food systems are becoming increasingly stressed, but whether they are local or global is not the big issue
Research news | 2022-08-19
To understand complex fisheries, researchers must think outside their boxes
Traditional approaches are insufficient, social-ecological systems thinking can better capture complex interactions between people and ecosystems
Research news | 2022-03-10
Why fishery trade networks are crucial for local food supply
Trade among small-scale fishery traders affects the overall capacity and variability of fish provision
Research news | 2021-06-16
The global issue of local fisheries livelihoods
Blanca González García-Mon, a PhD student at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, explains the important role of small-scale fisheries in global sustainability
Publications by González García-Mon, Blanca
Untangling social–ecological interactions: A methods portfolio approach to tackling contemporary sustainability challenges in fisheries
Journal / article | 2022
Meeting the objectives of sustainable fisheries management requires attention to the complex interactions between humans, institutions and ecosystems that give rise to fishery outcomes. Traditional approaches to studying fisheries often do not fully capture, nor focus on these complex interactions between people and ecosystems. Despite advances in the scope and scale of interactions encompassed by more holistic methods, for ex...
Fish provision in a changing environment: The buffering effect of regional trade networks
Journal / article | 2021
Local and regional trade networks in small-scale fisheries are important for food security and livelihoods across the world. Such networks consist of both economic flows and social relationships, which connect different production regions to different types of fish demand. The structure of such trade networks, and the actions that take place within them (e.g., people fishing, buying, selling), can influence the capacity of sma...
Spatial diversification as a mechanism to adapt to environmental changes in small-scale fisheries
Journal / article | 2021
Small-scale fisheries’ actors increasingly face new challenges, including climate driven shifts in marine resource distribution and productivity. Diversification of target species and fishing locations is a key mechanism to adapt to such changes and maintain fisheries livelihoods. Here we explore environmental and institutional factors mediating how patterns of spatial diversification (i.e., utilization of alternative fishing ...
Navigating complexities: agent-based modeling to support research, governance, and management in small-scale fisheries
Journal / article | 2020
The sustainable governance and management of small-scale fisheries (SSF) is challenging, largely due to their dynamic and complex nature. Agent-based modeling (ABM) is a computational modeling approach that can account for the dynamism and complexity in SSF by modeling entities as individual agents with different characteristics and behavior, and simulate how their interactions can give rise to emergent phenomena, such as over...