Seán's research interests include community-based management of natural resources, common property resources, common property resource institutions, political economy, wildlife utilisation and development.Prior to coming to CAEPR Seán managed the Northern Land Council's Caring for Country Unit based in Darwin. Here, he worked with Aboriginal traditional land owner groups in the tropical savannas of the Northern Territory developing land and sea management plans, enterprises based on wildlife utilisation, brokering resources and training opportunities, community capacity building and lobbying.Seán has experience in working on sea rights issues where he worked for 8 years as a senior policy advisor to Te Ohu Kai Moana (The Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission) in New Zealand implementing the Treaty of Waitangi (Fisheries Claims) Settlement Act 1992. Seán's PhD research focussed on whaling in the Faroes (Northeast Atlantic) where he examined the development and performance of the Grindadráp (the 1000-year-old Faroese community-based whaling institution).From 2007 to 2012 Seán worked on the 'People on Country - Healthy Landscapes and Indigenous Economic Futures research project.He is currently working on the National Environmental Research Program, Northern Australia Hub see http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/science/nerp/hubs.html
Key publications BooksAltman, J & Kerins, S, eds, 2012, People on Country: Vital Landscapes, Indigenous Futures, The Federation Press, Sydney. Kerins, S 2010, A Thousand Years of Whaling: A Faroese Common Property Regime, Canadian Circumpolar Institute Press, Edmonton Canada. Book ChaptersKerins, S. 2013, 'A Key Role for Indigenous Peoples in Australia's Sustainable Future' in Craven, R. Dillon, A. and Parbury, N. (eds.), in Black and White: Australians All at the Crossroads. Connor Court Publishing, Melbourne. pp. 287-302. Kerins, S 2012, 'Caring for Country to Working on Country', in Jon Altman and Seán Kerins (ed.), People on Country: Vital Landscapes, Indigenous Futures, The Federation Press, Sydney, pp. 26-44. Marika, B, Munyarryun, B, Munyarryun, B et al 2012, 'Ranger djama? Manymak!', in Jon Altman and Seán Kerins (ed.), People on Country: Vital Landscapes, Indigenous Futures, The Federation Press, Sydney, pp. 132-145. Kerins, S & Yarbakhsh, E 2012, 'Appendix 2: Engaging the state', in Jon Altman and Seán Kerins (ed.), People on Country: Vital Landscapes, Indigenous Futures, The Federation Press, Sydney, pp. 232-235. Green, J, Morrison, J & Kerins, S 2012, 'No more yardin' us up like cattle', in Jon Altman and Seán Kerins (ed.), People on Country: Vital Landscapes, Indigenous Futures, The Federation Press, Sydney, pp. 190-201. Sithole, B, Whitehead, P & Kerins, S 2007, 'Issues in Indigenous Natural Resource Management', in M.K. Luckert, B.M. Campbell, J.T. Gorman and S.T. Garnett (ed.), Investing in Indigenous Natural Resource Management, Charles Darwin University Press, Darwin, pp. 4-10. Journal ArticlesKerins, S. 2013, 'Governing a Black Commons', Indigenous Law Bulletin, vol. 8, no 8. pp. 30-34. Kerins, S 2010, 'The future of homelands/outstations', Dialogue (Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia), vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 52-60. Kerins, S 2009, 'The first ever Northern Territory homelands/ outstations policy', Indigenous Law Bulletin, vol. 7, no. 14, pp. 7-10. ReportsJ.C. Altman, K. Jordan, S. Kerins, G. Buchanan, N. Biddle, E.J. Ens & K. May 2009, 'Indigenous interests in land & water', in Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Northern Australia Land & Water Science Review 2009: Full Report, CSIRO, Canberra, Chapter 7, pp. 56. Conference PapersKerins, S 2012 'Building from the Bottom-Up: Indigenous Development Initiatives in the South-west Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia'. Proceedings of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga International Indigenous Development Research Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.