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Dr Owen Li

Position: Communications Coordinator
Phone: +61 2 4221 3606
Email: owenl@uow.edu.au
Office: UOW Innovation Campus, ITAMS Building 233, Room 209
Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS), University of Wollongong, NSW, 2522, Australia


Dr Owen Li has had a lifelong involvement with fish and fisheries. He travelled to James Cook University to study Marine Biology in 2005. However, as he came to realise that fisheries management was chiefly about managing human behaviour, he focussed his post-graduate studies on better understanding how the people in fisheries systems communicate, and how the scientific information informing fisheries management reached the various stakeholders. He completed his PhD in Environmental Social Sciences in 2016.

Owen is the Communication Coordinator for the Australian Government-funded “Pathways” project, which aims to scale out Community-Based Fisheries Management in Kiribati, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. He is managing formal and informal outreach between researchers, government employees, employees of non-government organisations, regional communities and the wider public in Australia, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia and Malaysia. He is also an active steering committee member on the Commonwealth Fisheries Research and Development Corporation's (FRDC) Recreational Fishing Research sub-program.

Owen’s expertise in quantitative and qualitative social science methodologies, the communication of scientific information, and outreach for behaviour change have served him well in projects completed for the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI), the Commonwealth FRDC, NSW Centre for Maritime Safety and NSW Roads and Maritime Services. 

Research interests:

Flow of scientific information, outreach for behaviour change, stakeholder perceptions of fisheries/fishing, inter-cultural outreach


  • Strengthening and scaling community-based approaches to Pacific coastal fisheries management in support of the New Song. (CBFM II – Pathways): Collaboration with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Worldfish, Kiribati Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources Development. Funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Communicating more effectively with recreational fishers from Chinese speaking backgrounds. Funded by the Recreational Fishing Trust Fund (NSW DPI)


Li O., Eriksson H., Bertram I., Desurmont A. and Blanc M. (2018). Handling seafood in the Pacific Islands: Information sheets for fishers, vendors and consumers. Noumea, New Caledonia: Pacific Community. 10 p.

Magee C., Voyer M., McIlgorm A., Li O. (2018). "Chasing the thrill or just passing the time? Trialing a new mixed methods approach to understanding heterogeneity amongst recreational fishers based on motivations." Fisheries Research 199: 107-118.

Li O. (2017) Problem Definition Report: Updating CMS safety priorities and re-evaluating old materials. Centre for Maritime Safety, NSW.

Li O., Gray S., Sutton S.G. (2016) Mapping recreational fishers’ informal learning of scientific information using a fuzzy cognitive mapping approach to mental modelling. Fisheries Management and Ecology 23:315-329.

Li O., Sutton S.G., Tynan L. (2010) Communicating scientific information to recreational fishers. Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 15(2): 106-118.


Last reviewed: 9 July, 2018