John Kurien has a background in statistics, business management and a Ph.D in social sciences. After a short stint in industry, he lived and worked in a small fishing village in Kerala State, India to help small-scale fishers to organize their cooperative. This work spread with the help of those trained from the villages. He then moved to the Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum, India but continued to be an activist-researcher. He organized the first International Conference of Fishworkers and their Supporters in Rome in 1984, parallel to the UN/FAO World Conference on Fisheries. He was a founder member of the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (www.icsf.net). From 1997 to 2006 he served as Vice-Chairperson of the UN/FAO Advisory Committee on Fisheries Research (ACFR). From 2005 he worked in Cambodia with inland fishing communities and the government to assist their Community Fisheries program. Between 2007 and 2010 he was UN/FAO Fisheries Co-Management Advisor in post-tsunami Aceh Province, Indonesia. He retired as Professor from the Centre for Development Studies and is now Visiting Professor at the Azim Premji University, Bangalore, India, where he offers a course on Coastal Zone Livelihoods and Sustainable Management for MA (Development) students. He continues his involvement with Community Fisheries initiatives in Cambodia and more recently in Myanmar. His interests include natural resources management, issues in common property resource management, collective action and rural organisations and development issues with special reference to aquatic eco-systems and fishing communities. His informal association with World Fish goes back to the late 1970s. His publications can be accessed at www.researchgate.net.