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She is focusing on the fisher-middlemen bonds and market dynamics to understand the social-ecological outcomes of these value chain actors and identify appropriate system interventions.
The aim of her PhD research is to discern how global trade affects local ecosystems and how middlemen-fishers relations can channel sustainable practices or lock systems in unsustainable trajectories.
Liz has a Masters of Science from the University of the Algarve in Portugal where she used a Value Chain Analysis to understand how the Ghanaian tuna industry functions in terms of procedures, practices, governance and finance. The results of the study provide a wealth of material about the components of a cost-heavy fishing industry in a developing country; an industry on which many eyes recently turned due to illegal fishing activities. It highlights clearly where funding and future focus are needed and can be used as a guide to the financial complexities and real life dynamics of an important tuna fishery.
A Bachelor of Science in Marine Science was obtained from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Liz worked in the National Aquarium of Ireland for 5 years as a guide and environmental educator which helped fuel her interest into the social dynamics of environmental protection. She also spent 6 months working as PR in Cabo Verde as part of a marine conservation NGO and has many other work experiences in this area across Latin America.