IIFET Rosemary Firth AwardRosemary Firth (1912-2001) was a path-breaking British social anthropologist who specialized in the field of domestic economy. She wrote the 1941 volume Housekeeping among Malay Peasants, tracking in detail the household economics of traditional fishing communities on the east coast of Malaysia, a companion volume to that by her husband, Raymond Firth, Malay Fishermen: Their Peasant Economy. The 1966 update of her book gave an account of changes she observed in the 23 years between study visits, with prescient views on the impacts of modernization on traditional fishing communities.
In 2016, the inaugural Rosemary Firth Award of $500 US was given to honor the best presentation on economics and/or trade in relation to gender in aquaculture and fisheries at the IIFET 2016 Scotland Conference. The aim of the prize is to highlight the best quality IIFET Conference presentation that applies economic analysis to gender issues, including gender inequality and/or inequity. Building on efforts to highlight gender research at previous IIFET Conferences, this prize aims to help bring gender into economics and trade research themes in a rigorous manner by promoting quantitative research based on sound economics and gender methodologies. In future years, it is anticipated that the Rosemary Firth Award will be converted to a best paper competition, and organized in a fashion similar to other best paper prizes offered at IIFET conferences.
The prize is supported by a grant from the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration Fisheries (NOAA) of the United States of America.
In fisheries and aquaculture, gendered economics research is almost non-existent. At IIFET-2016, the Special Session, Gender Research as a New Frontier in Fisheries and Aquaculture Economics: In the Footsteps of Rosemary Firth, aims to start to redress the dearth of economics and trade research on gender in fisheries and aquaculture.