Tu Nguyen

Tu Nguyen ís a  Postdoctoral Fellow in the Marine Affairs Program, Dalhousie University

I am an environmental and natural resource economist. I received my PhD in Applied Economics from Oregon State University and currently work as an Ocean Nexus Fellow at the Marine Affairs Program, Dalhousie University. 

I am part of Ocean Nexus Center, a collaboration between the University of Washington’s Earth Lab and the Nippon Foundation. My research applies economic methods to understand the complex tradeoffs between development, conservation, and restoration in land, coastal, and ocean management. At the Ocean Nexus Center, I examine the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on fisheries. 

As a former SESYNC (The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center) Graduate Fellow, I studied the ecological-economic benefits of marine protected areas (MPA) under climate change.

Current Research

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted global fisheries and economically affected Canadian fisheries workers. While most governments were swift in issuing emergency COVID-19 assistance programs, fisheries workers were often overlooked due to the seasonal nature of the work and the lack of formal organization. When assistance reached fisheries workers, these polices were designed without the up-to-date data necessary for informed decision making. 

I implement a survey to study the economic impact of the pandemic on fisheries workers in Canada. I explore how various factors, including government financial assistance, contribute to workers’ general wellbeing, sense of financial security, and change in employment status. 

Findings from my research paint a rich picture of fisheries workers’ current economic situation and inform policy on crisis management and economic recovery.

Feel free to contact me for more information. 

Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Marine Affairs Program, Dalhousie University


  • PhD in Applied Economics, Oregon State University                                                    
    Dissertation Title: Three Essays on the Economics of Restoring Natural Capital
  • BBA in Economics, double minors in Math & Political Science, cum laude, Baruch College, City University of New York   

Link to CV: https://tunguyeneconomics.com/cv/

Email: tu.nguyen@dal.ca

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