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Marian Binkley is a professor emeritus in the Department of Anthropology and Social Anthropology at Dalhousie University. She served as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences from 1999-2010.
She received her BA (1973), MA (1975), and PhD in Anthropology (1981) from the University of Toronto.
Binkley conducted extensive research in maritime communities. Her first two books, Voices from offshore (1994) and Risks, dangers and rewards in the Nova Scotia offshore fishery (1995), focus on working conditions in the Nova Scotia deep sea fishing fleet. Set adrift: Fishing families (2002), compares the households of coastal and deep sea fishermen and how they adapted to the pressures of the Atlantic fisheries crisis. Changing tides: Gender, globalization and world fisheries (2005), co-edited with Barbara Neis, Sirj Gerard and Christina Manezy, explores the relationship between globalization and gender against the backdrop of the world fisheries crisis. Later research explores sustainable livelihoods in Atlantic Canadian coastal communities, with a particular focus on the impact of the Atlantic fisheries crisis. Her interest in fishermen's health and safety stems from an early research study in Fogo Island, where she noticed the fishermen appeared older than their chronological age.
Binkley was involved in CIDA-supported development projects in the West Indies, Indonesia and the Philippines, focusing on resource management and other environmental concerns, and also in the Cache Creek, British Columbia, burial site analysis.