Who Am I?

My name is Mimi E. Lam. I am Researcher and previously Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities, University of Bergen, Norway. I am also an Affiliate Assistant Professor at the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, University of British Columbia, Canada. And I am an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Department of Biology, University of New Mexico, United States of America. But foremost, I am a transdisciplinary scholar, with a PhD in theoretical chemistry, passionate about making the world a more equitable and sustainable place to live!

Throughout my research career, I have worked across disciplines and cultures, often in collaborative teams, to solve problems. My training in theoretical chemistry and physics allowed me to tackle complex problems in the physical universe, specifically the quantum and statistical realms operative in surface science. Now, my research in the human dimensions of fisheries, and human ecology more broadly, delves into issues related to ethical ocean and food governance.

In coupled human and natural systems, humans are explicitly interacting with nature, affecting both its structure and dynamics. Applying analytical insights from the physical sciences, I investigate the complex interactions governing social-ecological systems. Notably, I study how human values, beliefs, perceptions, and behaviours shape our relationships with our biophysical and socio-cultural environments.

I do this to resolve ‘wicked’ problems today, to gain insights of our evolutionary past, and to inform individual, community, and societal decision-making for a more sustainable and just future. To promote ethical decision-making vis-a-vis our shared global environment, I collaborate with, and gain inspiration from both scientists with expertise in various disciplines, and stakeholders with diverse values and knowledge perspectives, including local and indigenous communities, industry, NGOs, and government.

I currently investigate three interdisciplinary and overlapping themes:

  1. Ethics and sustainability of seascapes and along integrated seafood value chains.
  2. The sociocultural, ethical, and institutional aspects of marine policy and governance.
  3. Participatory research and community engagement at the science-policy interface.