Sarah Smith


Sarah joined CRC’s International Team in 2022 to provide expertise to a variety of projects in CRC’s portfolio. She is a social scientist with expertise in fisheries, social-ecological systems, and marine governance. Her interests lie in developing sustainable fisheries that benefit fishermen, communities, and ecosystems, and in helping fisheries and marine resource-dependent communities adapt to climate change. She comes to CRC with a background working in a variety of academic and NGO settings, including Environmental Defense Fund, where she worked on sustainable fisheries management both in New England and internationally, and Rutgers University, where she worked on projects helping elements of the blue economy adapt to climate change, including fisheries. She is also an instructor in Northeastern University’s Environmental Science and Policy program. Sarah earned her PhD from URI in Marine Affairs studying co-management of MPAs in the Caribbean, and also previously worked for CRC’s US team. She lives in South Kingstown with her family.