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Staff profile

Tim studies the interaction between ecological and social aspects of coastal systems and how these contribute to human wellbeing and development

Profile summary

  • Ecosystem services
  • Fisheries
  • Resilience and international development
  • Human wellbeing
  • Participatory modelling and gaming
  • East Africa
  • Seafood trade

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.

Diego Galafassi, PhD candidate
Liz Drury O'Neill, PhD candidate
Nicole Reid, MSc candidate

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Daw, Tim

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