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The Prize

The Rosemary Firth Prize is named after British Sociologist Rosemary Firth (1912-2001) who wrote the 1941 (1966) volume “Housekeeping among Malay Peasants,” tracking the household economics of traditional fishing communities in east coast Malaysia. The aim of the prize is to highlight the best quality paper applying economic analysis to address gender issues, including gender inequality and/or inequity, in fisheries and/or aquaculture. Building on efforts to highlight gender research at previous IIFET Conferences, this prize aims to help bring gender study into economic and trade research themes in a rigorous manner by promoting research that is quantitative and based on both sound economic and gender methodologies.

The prize consists of a USD $500 check, a stipend of up to USD $2500 to cover airfare and lodging, and free conference registration.


To be eligible to compete for the Rosemary Firth Prize, you must:

  1. Submit a paper meeting the guidelines below, on a topic related to gender research in the economics of fisheries and aquaculture.
  2. Be the primary author of the paper.
  3. Have an abstract accepted for ORAL, SHORT ORAL, or POSTER presentation at the IIFET 2022 Vigo conference. You should be in possession of an email indicating the acceptance of your abstract.
  4. You may be from any country, developing or developed, and of any gender.


Papers must be submitted by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by midnight Pacific Time on 15 April 2022.

Your paper must be submitted in the format described here:

In order to ensure a fair and “blind” review, please send two separate pdf files as described below.

  1. One file must contain the title of the paper, including all authors’ names and affiliations including professional titles, complete mailing and email contacts, and the abstract. The filename should include the author’s last (family) name, and the abstract number (e.g. Smith123.pdf)
  2. A separate file must contain the paper title, abstract, and body of the paper, plus all references, graphs, etc. All mention of the authors’ names should be removed from this file. Name this file with only the abstract number (e.g. 123.pdf).

Please do not submit a paper for consideration unless your abstract has been accepted. We will only review papers that are formatted in accordance with stipulated guidelines. Papers which do not meet the requirements, especially in terms of length, will not be relayed to the committee for review. If you have questions, please consult with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. well before the submission deadline.

Review and Award Process

The files described in item 2 above will be transferred to the chair of Rosemary Firth Prize Review Committee, for a double-blind review process. The award winner(s) will be selected by approximately 15 May 2022; the results will be shared with all applicants for this prize by the IIFET Secretariat via email soon after that date. The winner(s)' name(s) will be printed in the conference program and announced during the conference. Please note that the prize winners are required to attend the conference and present his/her own paper at the conference.

The winner will receive a USD $500 check and an award certificate at a prize ceremony at the IIFET 2022 Conference. Attendance of the ceremony is mandatory.
Travel support in the amount of up to USD $2,500 will be provided by the IIFET Secretariat (funded by US NOAA Fisheries and private donors). This stipend can be used to purchase your air ticket and cover your lodging expenses. In addition to your travel stipend of up to USD $2,500, the Rosemary Firth Prize winner will receive free conference registration (some meals are included.) Other expenses are the responsibility of the prize winner.
The Selection Committee may, if appropriate, elect to award honourable mentions. Honourable mention winners will receive a certificate at the award ceremony during the conference.

Prize-winning authors, like all authors presenting work at IIFET conferences, are highly encouraged to submit their papers for inclusion in the online conference proceedings, following the conference. However, if the paper has been, or will be, submitted to a journal or other publication which would consider the papers inclusion in conference proceedings to constitute “prior publication”, authors may choose not to submit the full paper; they may submit a shortened version or an extended abstract instead. Authors are encouraged to discuss their options with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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