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Gabriela Sabau


Dr. Gabriela Sabau, B.A., Ph.D. (Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania) 

Phone: (709) 637-6200 ext. 6472


Office: AS387

Professor – Environmental Studies / Economics


Gabriela Sabau holds a BA and a PhD in Economics from the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest. Before coming to Canada, Gabriela was an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest and a member of a national research network for sustainable reconstruction of Romania. Since 2003, she is an Associate Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland. In 2013 she was awarded the Grenfell Campus Teaching Award. Since 2008 Gabriela is also a Visiting Professor at University Center of the Westfjords in Iceland where she teaches a Master’s course in Economics and Policies of Coastal and Marine Areas. Gabriela’s research interests are sustainable development, fueled by scientific knowledge and value judgements; unjust un-economic growth; demand-side management of water resources; and sustainable management of fisheries, with a focus on small-scale fisheries. She is a member of the international research network “Too Big to Ignore”, dedicated to global revival of small-scale fisheries. Gabriela is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal for Worldwide Holistic Sustainable Development.


BA, PhD Economics, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest

Representative Publications

Chapters in Books

"Costa Rica: A Champion of the UN-FAO Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries", 2016. In Implementation of the SSF Guidelines, S.Jentoft et al. (edit.), Springer International Publishing, Switzerland.

"Environmental Studies Now", 2014. In Environmental Science for the Curious, editor, Kishor Vaidya, University of Canberra, Australia.

"Whose fish is it anyway? Iceland's cod fishery rights", 2011. In World Small-Scale Fisheries. Contemporary Visions. Ed. Ratana Chuenpagdee, Eburon Delft.

Peer Reviewed Articles

From Unjust Uneconomic Growth to Sustainable Fisheries in NL: The True Cost of Closing the Inshore Fishery of Ground Fish, published by "Marine Policy" (October 2014).

Know, Live, and Let Live: Towards a Redefinition of the Knowledge-Based Economy – Sustainable Development Nexus, "Ecological   Economics" 69 (2010): 1193-1201.

"Household Willingness-to-Engage in Water Quality Projects in Western Newfoundland and Labrador: A Demand-Side Management Approach", Gabriela Sabau and Morteza Haghiri, "Water and Environment Journal" 22 (2008): 168-176.


Recent awards

2013 Grenfell Teaching Award

Current research projects and grants

Active: Too Big to Ignore: global partnership for the future of small-scale fisheries. Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership grant. Co-applicant (1 of 48) for Cdn $4.83 m ($2.5 m grant; $2.33 contributions) project (2012-2018) led by R Chuengpagdee, MUN, St. John's.

2016: Wellbeing and Sustainability. How are Newfoundlanders and Labradorians Doing? SSHRC/Vice-President's Research Grant,  Project (2016-2017). Granted: $5,500

2015: The Future of Nature? SSHRC Connect Grant for the Future of Nature? International Conference, Grenfell Campus, September 10-13, 2015. Co-applicant with Sean McGrath (Philosophy, MUN) for CAD $50.000 (granted CAD $ 50.000).Co-applicant for the Cross Campus Initiative fund. Granted: $1250.

2014: Grenfell Vice-President Grant for research entitled: The Degree of Preparedness by Newfoundland Fisheries for the CETA Agreement: $1,500.

Research interests and expertiseSustainable development; unjust un-economic growth; demand-side management of water resources; sustainable governance of fisheries, with a focus on small-scale fisheries; economics and policies of coastal and marine areas.


Chair, Environmental Studies

Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland
20 University Drive, Corner Brook, NL
A2H 5G4, Canada

Office: AS387
Phone: (709) 639-2552