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- Small-scale fisheries
- Value chains
- Seafood trade
- Survey design & execution
- Market analysis
- Behavioural economic experiments
- Participatory methods
Liz Drury O’Neill is a postdoctoral researcher focusing on coastal livelihoods, fisheries and marine resource governance
Part of her research looks into fishery governance interventions, specifically periodic seascape closures, and what they mean long term for coastal populations in coping with shocks or pressures. Through combining participatory methodologies and agent-based modelling, this project asks questions, such as: How do the adopted community-based closures change the relationship between people and the marine ecosystem?; and what is the impact for gender relations and equitable benefits? The project is based in Pemba, Zanzibar where Drury O’Neill will facilitate collaboration between multiple stakeholders and support participatory workshops that will explore and develop research questions with small-scale fishing communities, the fisheries department, as well as local NGOs and academics.
The second project, which Drury O’Neill supports, is based in Kenya and Mozambique. Through community theatre, it explores the relationships, challenges, and daily practices of coastal communities, which can enhance understandings of and adaptations to climate change.
Drury O’Neill graduated with a PhD in Sustainability Science from the Stockholm Resilience Centre in November 2018. Her thesis “Catching values of small-scale fisheries: A look at markets, trade relations and fisher behavior” explored small-scale fisheries trade, markets and the accompanying relationships. It did so to understand how they contribute to human wellbeing and ecosystem health through fishers' behavior in the marine environment. Her research used a value chain framework and mixed methods, including behavioral economic experiments and various interview types. Case studies were used throughout the thesis to draw on empirical work done in Zanzibar, Tanzania and Iloilo, Philippines.
Drury O’Neill received her Honours degree in Marine Science from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Here through her thesis project she worked with ArcGIS to analyse seabird distributions across the North Sea. Following that she moved to Portugal and worked towards a Masters in Marine Biology at the University of the Algarve in Faro. During her Masters thesis she used a value chain framework to study the Ghanaian tuna industry.
News articles with Drury O'Neill, Elizabeth
Research news | 2022-08-19
To understand complex fisheries, researchers must think outside their boxes
Traditional approaches are insufficient, social-ecological systems thinking can better capture complex interactions between people and ecosystems
Research news | 2019-09-06
Gen(d)erating local responses to global market signals
In Philippine fishing communities, gender roles have a bigger influence than price on fishers’ business decisions
Research news | 2019-05-19
Float a loan to weather the storm
Patron-client relations in the Philippines buffer fisheries against immediate impacts of natural disasters. But long-term sustainability may suffer due to the combination with current fishery conditions
Research news | 2018-11-02
No place for Big Mamma
Ghana’s unique female intermediaries are increasingly squeezed out by global seafood companies
Publications by Drury O'Neill, Elizabeth
Untangling social–ecological interactions: A methods portfolio approach to tackling contemporary sustainability challenges in fisheries
Journal / article | 2022
Meeting the objectives of sustainable fisheries management requires attention to the complex interactions between humans, institutions and ecosystems that give rise to fishery outcomes. Traditional approaches to studying fisheries often do not fully capture, nor focus on these complex interactions between people and ecosystems. Despite advances in the scope and scale of interactions encompassed by more holistic methods, for ex...
An experimental approach to exploring market responses in small-scale fishing communities
Journal / article | 2019
Small-scale fishing communities are increasingly connected to international seafood trade via exports in a growing global market. Understanding how this connectedness impacts local fishery systems, both socially and ecologically, has become a necessary challenge for fishery governance. Market prices are a potential mechanism by which global market demands are transferred to small-scale fishery actors. In most small-scale fishe...
From typhoons to traders: the role of patron-client relations in mediating fishery responses to natural disasters
Journal / article | 2019
The majority of the world's fishers, fishworkers and their dependents live in coastal tropical areas that are, and will be, highly exposed to human-induced climate change. Projections indicate such change could result in coastal populations being more frequently and acutely impacted by natural disasters. Increasing aid interventions is a likely knock-on effect of such scenarios. How these external natural and social disturbanc...
Socioeconomic dynamics of the Ghanaian tuna industry: a value-chain approach to understanding aspects of global fisheries
Journal / article | 2018
This study investigated how an industrial tuna fishery functions in terms of procedures, practices, governance and finance in the context of Ghana, West Africa. Tuna is Ghana’s biggest seafood export, contributing significantly to the domestic fisheries sector. A case-study approach was used to analyse relevant social and economic factors at the local scale to better understand how the global seafood industry operates in a low...