Tim Daw studies the interaction between ecological and social aspects of coastal systems, their governance, the ecosystem services they provide, and how these contribute to coastal people’s wellbeing. He 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.
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'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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