Joonas Plaan is a Lecturer of Anthropology. In his PhD dissertation he studied how climate change affects inshore fisheries in Newfoundland, Canada. Joonas has done fieldwork among fishing community in Kihnu Island, Estonia and is an active member in international research group Too Big To Ignore, that focuses on global issues in small-scale fisheries. Currently he is also working for Estonian Fund for Nature (ELF) as Sustainable fisheries expert.

Main tasks

Teaching: Academic writing, Contemporary ideas in anthropology, Environmental anthropology, Anthropological methods

BA and MA thesis supervision

Areas of research

Human-environment interactions, including:

environmental anthropology

political ecology

environmental history

landscape studies


Baltic Sea and North-Atlantic fishing communities