Dr. Serina Rahman


Dr Serina Rahman is a Visiting Fellow at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, where she examines issues of (un)sustainable development, rural politics, political ecology and climate change impacts on Malaysian rural communities, especially fishermen. Trained as a conservation scientist, her practice is in community empowerment, citizen science and environmental education for coastal habitat conservation and marine artisanal fisheries resources management. Dr Serina is also Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Department of Southeast Asian Studies, NUS where she teaches Environmental Politics. She is an Iskandar Malaysia Social Hero Award Winner for Environmental Protection (2014) and has numerous academic, institutional and other publications under her varied fields of research.


“Climate change will have devastating impacts on coastal communities across Southeast Asia, especially fishing communities. Not only will sea level rise affect their homes and the subsistence crops that many depend on, but it will also affect their ability to head out to sea. More frequent extreme weather events, stronger winds, changes of tides, currents and water temperatures all have a direct impact on their ability to head out to sea and the availability of fisheries species. This then affects their livelihoods, not to mention the severely increased risks to life and dangers they face while trying to bring home their catch.”