Cristina Pita

Cristina Pita was principal researcher in IIED's Shaping Sustainable Markets research group until March 2023

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Languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish, French (basic)

Cristina is a specialist in fisheries, with a strong focus on small-scale fisheries, sustainable seafood markets, marine resource management, marine governance and coastal cultural heritage. She takes part on several international committees and international networks. She also integrates the pool of experts in socioeconomic aspects of fisheries for the United Nations World Ocean Assessment (UN-WOAII).


Commercial fisheries (especially small-scale fisheries), marine recreational fisheries, aquaculture, seafood markets and market tools, sustainable use of marine resources, coastal governance, coastal community development.

Before IIED

  • Principal researcher in the Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM), Portugal
  • Invited assistant professor at the University of Aveiro, Portugal
  • Co-leader of CESAM’s marine ecosystems and resources research line
  • Leader of the Coastal and Ocean Planning and Governance (COPING) group
  • Part of several international committees in the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (e.g., ICES-SOCIAL, ICES-WGRMES, ICES- WGCEPH, ICES-SIHD)
  • Member of the management committee of two COST actions (OCEANGOV and MARCONS)
  • Part of the pool of national experts for the United Nations World Ocean Assessment (UN-WOAII), as an expert in socioeconomic aspects of fisheries
  • Assistant researcher, University of Aveiro, Portugal


  • Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Aberdeen, UK
  • PhD in social and environmental sustainability (2010), University of Aberdeen, UK
  • MSc in marine and coastal studies (2003), University of the Algarve, Portugal
  • Honours degree in marine biology: fisheries and aquaculture (1998), University of the Algarve, Portugal