Tim draws on background training in marine biology, coastal management and political science as well as collaboration with colleagues from disciplines including ecology, economics, sociology and development studies.
Some of his specific research interests include:
- Links between coastal ecosystem services and poverty alleviation
- Governance of small-scale fisheries in the context of global change
- The spatial behaviour of fishers and implications for marine protected areas
- The role of knowledge and perceptions in fisheries management
- Participatory tools including computer models and games to explore the dynamics of social-ecological systems.
His current and recent work has focussed on coastal ecosystem services, including fisheries, and the linkages to coastal people’s wellbeing in East Africa and the Western Indian Ocean.
He currently lead the research project Sustainable Poverty Alleviation from Coastal Ecosystem Services (SPACES). In this exciting transdisciplinary project, a team of over 30 colleagues from Kenya, Mozambique and Europe are empirically investigating the linkages between coastal ecosystems and people’s wellbeing, and integrating disciplines from coral reef and mangrove ecology.
SPACES is funded by the UK government through the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) Program and builds on a previous ESPA-funded project in Kenya, Participatory Modelling of Wellbeing Tradeoffs in Coastal Kenya (P-Mowtick).
Until he consolidated his time at SRC in 2013, Daw 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.
His PhD, How fishers' count: engaging with fishers' knowledge for fisheries science and management was done at Newcastle University in 2008.
Recent projects and collaborations
Participatory Modelling Frameworks to Understand Wellbeing Trade-offs in Coastal Kenya (P-Mowtick)
Tim Daw led 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 was one of 23 'Framework' projects, funded to develop new methodologies to understand links between ecosystem services and poverty alleviation.
The aim was to understand trade-offs in the wellbeing of poor coastal stakeholders in Kenya under different development and governance scenarios. The project applied a novel combination of ecosystem modelling, wellbeing analysis, stakeholder analysis, scenario planning and participatory approaches.
'Fishers in Space' (2009-2011)
Tim led this Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) which involved participatory research with fishers in Seychelles and Kenya to better understand the impact of marine protected areas on fisheries and local livelihoods. Co-investigators included, 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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Research news | 2016-04-27
Introducing "ecosystem services elasticity" to untangle the relationship between ecosystems and human wellbeing
Research news | 2016-01-18
Participatory scenario planning allows people to tackle complex environmental problems, but improvement needed
Research news | 2015-12-18
How international seafood trade impacts small-scale fisheries
Research news | 2015-08-11
How research can catch up with rapid environmental change
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
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...
2015 - Journal / article
Fish and fish-related products are among the most highly traded commodities globally and the proportion of globally harvested fish that is internationally traded has steadily risen over time. Views on the benefits of international seafood trade diverge, partly as a result from adopting either an aggregate national focus or a focus on local market actors. However, both views generally assume that the trade in question is cha...