Blake Ratner

Visiting Senior Research Fellow / Program Leader, Governance (WorldFish Center)

Blake D. Ratner is an environmental sociologist whose research focuses on natural resource governance, conflict, and cooperation from local to regional scales. Blake recently assumed the new role of Program Leader, Governance, at the WorldFish Center, having served for the past five years as Regional Director, Greater Mekong, based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Blake leads a multidisciplinary team of researchers in Asia and Africa, aimed at catalyzing shifts in governance that enable resilience in small-scale fisheries and aquaculture systems. He is also responsible for strengthening partnerships with policy dialogue and research institutes as the Center’s lead representative in the US, WorldFish liaison to IFPRI, and a member of the of CAPRi steering committee.

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Blake previously lived and worked in Malaysia, Thailand, Guatemala, and the Palestinian Occupied Territories. As Senior Associate at the World Resources Institute, he managed a research and capacity-building program on institutional and governance aspects of watershed management in the Mekong region. He has also consulted for the World Bank on stakeholder participation in development planning. His articles on accountability, equity, and ethics in environmental decision-making have appeared in Society and Natural Resources, Human Rights Dialogue, Population Research and Policy Review, Human Organization, Sociological Inquiry, Marine Policy, and Global Change, Peace & Security, and he is a coauthor of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment global synthesis report on wetlands and water. Blake is fluent in French, Spanish, and Khmer, and holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University.


Cornell University Peace Studies Fellowship, 1995
Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (U.S. Dept. of Education), 1994-95
Einaudi Center for International Studies, international research grant, 1994
Cornell International Inst. for Food, Agriculture and Development Fellowship, 1994
Andrew Mellon Research Fellowship, 1994