Daw is a coordinator within the Sida-funded GRAID (Guidance for Resilience in the Anthropocene – Investments for Development) programme. Daw’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.
From 2013-2017 Daw led the research project, Sustainable Poverty Alleviation from Coastal Ecosystem Services (SPACES). This involved over 30 colleagues from Kenya, Mozambique and Europe empirically investigating how coastal ecosystems contribute to people’s wellbeing. SPACES used 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 was funded by the UK government through the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) Program and built 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.
Daw teaches research ethics, ecosystem services and statistical thinking to SRC masters students. He currently is acting as director of studies (Bachelor and Master level), and programme director of the MSc programme Social-Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development. (For questions regarding PhD studies at SRC, please contact Magnus Nyström)
Originally trained as a marine biologist, Daw 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, 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.
Daw 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 | 2019-02-16
Centre partner in ambitious research to gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between humans and their environment in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
Research news | 2019-01-24
New study highlights an approach for balancing poverty alleviation and biodiversity conservation efforts
Research news | 2018-05-14
To create change in coastal districts of Kenya and Mozambique, dominant narratives must be challenged by stories rooted in people’s lived experiences
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Placed-based sustainability efforts often fail to recognise the risk of piling up the environmental pressure elsewhere
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
2019 - Journal / article
Fishers’ spatial behavior affects their incomes, livelihoods and ecological sustainability and is affected by establishment of protected areas, and the impacts of changing climate and weather patterns. An understanding of fishers’ spatial behavior is essential for evaluating catch trends or estimating per-area yeilds. Location choice by fishers has largely been understood through foraging models and empirical studies in large ...
2018 - Journal / article
Conservation managers frequently face the challenge of protecting and sustaining biodiversity without producing detrimental outcomes for (often poor) human populations that depend on ecosystem services for their well‐being. However, mutually beneficial solutions are often elusive and can mask trade‐offs and negative outcomes for people. To deal with such trade‐offs, ecological and social thresholds need to be identified to det...
2018 - Journal / article
Transformations in social-ecological systems to overturn poverty and ecosystem degradation require approaches to knowledge synthesis that are inclusive and open to creative innovation. We draw on interviews with participants and in-depth process observation of an iterative knowledge cocreation process in Kenya and Mozambique that brought together scientists, community representatives, government representatives, and practitio...
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...