Tim is a coordinator within the Sida-funded GRAID (Guidance for Resilience in the Anthropocene – Investments for Development) programme. Tim’s role within GRAID is to coordinate case study comparisons, modelling, and reviews to synthesise key insights from social-ecological systems research that can contribute to resilient development.
Tim leads the research project, Sustainable Poverty Alleviation from Coastal Ecosystem Services (SPACES). This involves over 30 colleagues from Kenya, Mozambique and Europe empirically investigating how coastal ecosystems contribute to people’s wellbeing. SPACES uses social and natural science fieldwork and analysis as well as participatory workshops and dialogues with stakeholders at different levels to disseminate findings and co-create potential solutions.
SPACES is funded by the UK government through the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) Program and builds on a previous project, Participatory Modelling of Wellbeing Tradeoffs in Coastal Kenya (P-mowtick). P-mowtick combined ecosystem modelling, wellbeing analysis and participatory models and scenarios to explore ‘taboo trade-offs’ in the wellbeing of poor coastal stakeholders under different development scenarios.
Tim teaches research ethics, ecosystem services and statistical thinking to SRC masters students.
Originally trained as a marine biologist, Tim developed his transdisciplinary approach through conservation and fisheries management experience, a Master’s in coastal management, and a PhD that straddled marine and political science (How fishers' count: engaging with fishers' knowledge for fisheries science and management). Until he consolidated his time at SRC in 2013, Tim was senior lecturer in Natural Resources and International Development at the University of East Anglia's School of International Development, teaching and supervising students on environment and development.
Tim has used interactive workshops, participatory scenarios, gaming and modelling to collaboratively analyse coastal resource systems with a range of stakeholders from artisanal fishers to government decision makers. He developed the ‘Kazyeopoly’ fishing game based on the Seychelles trap fishery, which has been used for teaching and discussions with fishers and fisheries managers.
He collaborates with a range of government and non-government colleagues from East Africa, and has worked with international organisations such as FAO, UNDP and the WorldFish Centre.
Research news | 2017-06-21
Placed-based sustainability efforts often fail to recognise the risk of piling up the environmental pressure elsewhere
Research news | 2017-04-25
Special issue in the journal Ecology & Society on the sustainable stewardship of social-ecological systems
Research news | 2017-03-17
Five keys to successful place-based research that can support sustainability transitions
Research news | 2017-02-06
Scientists, communities and actors connected to the Mombasa fisheries system join forces to support the most vulnerable in a rapidly changing environment
Global seafood trade leave consumers unaware of over-exploited marine ecosystems
Ecosystem management that ignores "taboo tradeoffs" is likely to fail
Description of the ESPA funded project Participatory Modelling of Wellbeing Tradeoffs in Coastal Kenya (P-Mowtick)
Centre researcher Tim Daw explains the challenges and opportunities for sustainable co-management in fisheries
2017 - Journal / article
The emerging discipline of sustainability science is focused explicitly on the dynamic interactions between nature and society and is committed to research that spans multiple scales and can support transitions toward greater sustainability. Because a growing body of place-based social-ecological sustainability research (PBSESR) has emerged in recent decades, there is a growing need to understand better how to maximize the ef...
2016 - Journal / article
Vulnerability of small-scale fishers in the north coast of Paraná State, Southern Brazil, has been increasing due to a decline in catches and general problems of access to and management of natural resources, associated with biodiversity conservation policies. The predicted effects of climate change will represent an additional source of disturbance on local livelihoods. This study aimed to describe vulnerability of fishers an...
2016 - Journal / article
Marine protected areas (MPAs) have historically been implemented and managed in a top-down way, excluding resource-dependent users from planning and management. In response to conflict and non-compliance, the governance of marine resources is increasingly embracing community-based approaches, assuming that by putting communities at the forefront of planning and management, participation will increase, causing positive social a...
2016 - Journal / article
Many nature/natural areas are threatened by economic development and urban expansion. Oftentimes nature is not considered part of the cost/benefit analyses preceding such economic development, and most people find it offensive to price-tag nature. To pit (sacred) nature-values against other monetized values (these are so-called taboo trade-offs) is seen as morally offensive. Non-nature related taboo trade-offs (e.g. between li...