Graduate students and their course instructors from left to right: Fátima, Andrea, César, Francisco, and Minerva.

For the very first time, the graduate course ‘Transdisciplinary Approaches Applied to Small-Scale Fisheries Contexts’ (Enfoques Transdisciplinarios Aplicados a la Pesca Artesanal) was taught in Chetumal, Mexico as part of ECOSUR (El Colegio de La Frontera Sur) Masters’ Program in Natural Resources and Rural Development (Maestría en Ciencias en Recursos Naturales y Desarrollo Rural) from May 20 to June 14, 2019.

Course participants holding the TBTI book on Transdisciplinarity for Small-Scale Fisheries Governance

The course instructors were Dr. Minerva Arce-Ibarra and MSc. Francisco Hernández-Ruiz, both professors based at ECOSUR. The course was open not only to those based at the institution, but also international, Spanish-speaking students. The course curriculum used several TBTI publications as part of the teaching material, particularly those developed during the Transdisciplinary training program (from 2015 to 2018), as well as the book Transdisciplinarity for small-scale fisheries governance: Analysis and practice’, edited by Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee and Dr. Svein Jentoft and published in 2019 by Springer as part of MARE Publications Series.

Now an integral part of the Masters’ program, the course will be held annually in four weeks from May to June, covering 6 credits out of the 132 that are part of the two-year graduate program. Although the first class of this program was delivered in Spanish at ECOSUR, the course is very transferable and could be held in English in countries around the globe.

For more information about this transdisciplinary graduate-level course, contact Minerva Arce ([email protected] or [email protected]) OR visit:

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