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 | 2017-04-25
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
Research news | 2016-04-27
Introducing "ecosystem services elasticity" to untangle the relationship between ecosystems and human wellbeing
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
Although ecosystem services are increasingly recognized as benefits people obtain from nature, we still have a poor understanding of how they actually enhance multidimensional human well-being, and how well-being is affected by ecosystem change. We develop a concept of “ecosystem service elasticity” (ES elasticity) that describes the sensitivity of human well-being to changes in ecosystems. ES Elasticity is a result of complex...
2015 - Journal / article
Participatory diagnosis is an approach to identify, prioritize and mobilise around factors that constrain or enable effective governance and management in small-scale fisheries. Diagnostic frameworks are mostly designed and used for systematic scientific analysis or impact evaluation. Through participation they also have potential to guide contextually informed improvements to management in practice, including transitions to c...
2015 - Journal / article
Nearly 40% of seafood is traded internationally and an even bigger proportion is affected by international trade, yet scholarship on marine fisheries has focused on global trends in stocks and catches, or on dynamics of individual fisheries, with limited attention to the link between individual fisheries, global trade and distant consumers. This paper examines the usefulness of fish price as a feedback signal to consumers a...