Barbara Quimby

Postdoctoral Scholar
Post Doctoral Scholars
DTPHX Campus


Barbara Quimby is a human geographer engaged in research on the social, cultural, and political dimensions of dynamic coastal marine and freshwater systems. Her research explores issues of equity and power in natural resource governance, coastal fisheries, and environmental conservation in Indonesia, Samoa, and the United States. She is currently a Postdoctoral Research Scholar with the Kyl Center for Water Policy and the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University, where she is conducting research on the processes and effects of stakeholder engagement for water issues related to agriculture, as part of the Water for Agriculture project. She earned her PhD in Geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara and San Diego State University and earned her MA in Anthropology at SDSU. She has taught courses in Geography, Sustainability, and Anthropology, and previously worked for The Nature Conservancy.

Research Interests

Political ecology, environmental justice, participatory governance, climate change adaptation and resilience, marine and coastal resource co-management, qualitative and mixed-methods research.


Google Scholar Profile:

2021      Quimby, B. and Levine, A. “Adaptive capacity of marine comanagement: a comparative analysis of the influence of colonial legacies and integrated traditional governance on outcomes in the Pacific”. Regional Environmental Change, volume 21 (1), pg. 10.

2021    Eaton, W., Brasier, K., Burbach, M., Whitmer, W., Engle, E., Burnham, Quimby, B., Chaudhary, A., Whitley, H., Delozier, J., Fowler, L., Wutich, A., Bausch, J.C., Beresford, M., Burkhart-Kriesel, C., Preisendanz, H., Williams, C., Watson, J., Weigle, J. “A conceptual model for enabling social and environmental change through stakeholder engagement in water resource management.” Society & Natural Resources. 

2020      Quimby, B., Crook, S., Miller, K., Ruiz, J. and Lopez-Carr, D. “Exploring, Identifying, and Defining Urban Subsistence Fishing: Pier Fishing in Santa Barbara County” Marine Policy.

2020      Beresford, M., Jones, J.L. Bausch, J.C., Williams, C., Wutich, A., Porter, S. Quimby, B., Eaton, W.M., and Brasier, K.J. “No Significant Third-Party Effect when a Scientific Expert is Present in Stakeholder Interviews”. International Journal of Qualitative Research.

2018      Quimby, B. and Levine, A. “Participation, Power, and Equity: examining three key social dimensions of fisheries comanagement” Sustainability 10 (9), 3324

2015      Quimby, B. “Emerging Customs: artisanal fishing practices in Aceh, Indonesia” Applied Geography, volume 59, pp. 125-130. DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2014.11.026