Tim is an interdisciplinary researcher studying coastal resource systems. He has worked with a range of small-scale tropical and industrial high-latitude fisheries and has a background training in ecology, fisheries science, socioeconomics and politics.
He studies linkages between ecological and social components of fisheries at multiple scales. As well as being interesting in their own right, fisheries are an excellent model for understanding the behaviour of social-ecological systems characterised by uncertainty, common-pool resources and local and global drivers.
Tim's current and recent research focuses on several themes, with a geographical focus on the Western Indian Ocean, the North Sea and Nicaragua:
- Links between coastal ecosystem services and poverty alleviation
- Understanding the spatial behaviour of fishers and implications for marine protected areas
- Impacts of climate change on fisherfolk, considering multiple ‘impact pathways´
- The role of knowledge and perceptions in fisheries management, and approaches that engage with fishers' knowledge
Tim completed his PhD, "How fishers´ count: engaging with fishers´ knowledge for fisheries science and management" at Newcastle University in 2007.
He has been a member of faculty at the University of East Anglia's School of International Development, since 2007 where he holds a half-time post as Senior Lecturer, teaching and supervising students on environment and development.
Current projects and collaborations
Participatory Modelling Frameworks to Understand Wellbeing Trade-offs in Coastal Ecosystem Services
An Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) Framework Project
Tim Daw leads this project with Kate Brown, William Cheung (UEA School of Environment), Tim McClanahan (WCS), Garry Peterson (Stockholm Resilience Centre) and Sarah Coulthard (Univ Ulster) funded by NERC/ESRC/DfID ESPA programme. This is one of 23 ‘Framework' projects, funded to develop new methodologies to understand links between ecosystem services and poverty alleviation.
The aim is to understand trade-offs in the wellbeing of poor coastal stakeholders in Kenya under different development and governance scenarios. The project applies a novel combination of ecosystem modelling, wellbeing analysis, stakeholder analysis, scenario planning and participatory approaches.
Click here to view project details on the NERC website
Spatial behaviour of fishers around Marine Protected Areas
Since January 2009, Tim has led a Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) funded project, "How do protected areas affect fishers? An assessment of fishers' spatial behaviour around protected areas".
This involves participatory research with fishers in Seychelles and Kenya to better understand the impact of marine protected areas on fisheries and local livelihoods. Co-investigators include, Josh Cinner (ARC Centre of Excellence in Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, Australia), Jan Robinson (Seychelles Fishing Authority) and Andrew Wamukota and Joseph Maina (Wildlife Conservation Society, Coral Reef Research Project, Mombasa, Kenya).
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Coastal governance and social-ecological vulnerability to coral bleaching in the Western Indian Ocean
Since 2005 Tim has collaborated with various WIOMSA-MASMA-funded projects with Josh Cinner and Nick Graham (James Cook University), Tim McClanahan and Joseph Maina (Wildlife Conservation Society), Beatrice Crona (Stockholm Resilience Centre), Innocent Wanyoni (Cordio EA) and Nick Polunin and Selina Stead (Newcastle University) looking broadly at governance, climate change and adaptive capacity in social-ecological systems in the Western Indian Ocean.
See the links below for these projects: