Professor Murray Rudd joined WMU in January 2018. At WMU he holds the Nippon Foundation Chair in Sustainable Ocean Governance & Marine Management.
Professor Rudd is a Canadian but comes to WMU after prior academic appointments at Emory University (USA), the University of York (UK), and Memorial University (Canada). Prior to his move to academia in 2006, he was a Senior Economist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Maritimes Region. He started his career with >10 years in the private sector, first working as a manager for salmon farms in western Canada and then as an international aquaculture and fisheries consultant in Canada, the Philippines, and Thailand.
Professor Rudd is an applied economist and policy researcher by training. His education includes a technical diploma in Aquaculture and Fisheries Technology (Vancouver Island University), degrees in Agricultural Economics (BSc and MSc, University of British Columbia), and a PhD from Wageningen University (Netherlands). His doctoral research examined ecological, institutional, and economic factors influencing the conservation of the reef fish, Nassau grouper, in the Turks and Caicos Islands. As part of his PhD, he spent one year at Indiana University studying public and environmental policy under Nobel Laureate Professor Elinor Ostrom.
Over his academic career, Professor Rudd has published >55 articles in international journals, including Frontiers in Marine Science, Environmental Science & Policy, Global Environmental Change, Ocean & Coastal Management, and Marine Policy. Over 20 of his articles were co-authored with MSc and PhD students that he has mentored. His research has included work on economic valuation of ocean and coastal resources, small-scale fisheries leadership and governance, the economics of Marine Protected Areas, and institutional analysis of ocean and coastal conservation and management options. Over recent years, much of his work has focused on assessing emerging research priorities for environmental science and on the science-policy interface.