Neil Ridler

Professor Emeritus


Business, Faculty of

Saint John

Dr. Ridler was awarded a B.A. (Hons) and M.A. from Oxford University and an M.A. and PhD in Economics from Simon Fraser University. He was Professor of Economics at the University of New Brunswick from 1982-2009.

Upon his retirement in 2009, he was made Professor Emeritus. He is currently a consultant Visiting Scientist at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), a position he has held since 1999.

Dr. Ridler is an international expert on the economics of aquaculture development. Over the course of his career, he has participated in United Nations missions to Africa (Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe) and the Middle East (Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia).

He regularly provides technical expertise on aquaculture to the FAO, and has served in a similar capacity for the Canadian International Development Agency in China and Vietnam and for other international development organizations. He has also conducted research and provided technical advice to government on aquaculture development in the Bay of Fundy.

Dr. Ridler is the author of about sixty refereed articles, thirty reports and book chapters and he has delivered over a hundred presentations in his area of expertise at conferences and in international policy forums around the world.

Selected recent publications

Hishamunda, N., Jolly, C., and Ridler, N. (forthcoming) Socio-economic impacts of aquaculture: assessment and case studies. Fisheries and Aquaculture Circular No. XXX. Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, Rome, Italy.

Valderrama, D., Cai, N.Hishamunda, N., Ridler, N., Neish, I., Hurtado, A., Msuya, F., Krishnan, M.; Narayanakumar, R. Kronen, M., Robledo, D., Gasca-Leyva, E., & Fraga, J., 2015. The Economics of Kappaphycus Seaweed Cultivation in Developing Countries: A Comparative Analysis of Farming Systems, Aquaculture Economics & Management. 19 (2); 251-277

Ridler, N 2014. Aquaculture’s contribution to employment and poverty alleviation. Report of the FAO Expert Workshop on Assessment and Monitoring of the Aquaculture Sector Performance, Gaeta, Italy 5−7 November 2012. FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report. No.1063. 94pp

Hishamunda, N., Ridler, N. & Martone, E. 2014. Policy and governance in aquaculture: lessons learned and way forward Fisheries and Aquaculture Technical Paper No 577. Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, Rome, Italy. 59pp

Cai, J., Hishamunda, N. & Ridler, N. 2013. Social and economic dimensions of carrageenan seaweed farming: a global synthesis. P5-57 in D. Valderrama, J. Cai, N.Hishamunda & N. Ridler, eds. Social and economic dimensions of carrageenan seaweed farming. 204pp Fisheries and Aquaculture Technical Paper No. 580. Rome, FAO. 204pp

Ridler, C., N Ridler, (2012). Blue products; an option for making them a commercial success. Adaptive Options

Ridler, N. 2012. The Economic Impact of the Barge Loading Facility in Saint John NB for Fabricated Steel Modules for Heavy Industry. Saint John Industrial Park. pp 27

Hishamunda, N., and Ridler, N., (2004). Commercial aquaculture: policies in the context of sub-Saharan Africa, International Journal of African Studies. (3) No 2: 27-43