Katherine Seto’s research centers on coupled human and natural systems dynamics in marine and coastal systems. Her primary areas of focus are:
- The contribution of marine resources to food and livelihood security,
- Governing marine and coastal systems for resource equity and sustainability, and
- Maritime security and globalization in a context of rapid global change.
Her work investigates the equity, sustainability, and governance of marine and coastal systems, and the reciprocal relationship they have with human wellbeing and conflict.