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.
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Study looks at relationships within small-scale fishery market systems, moving beyond economics transactions and fisher-trader connections
2019 - Journal / article
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...
2018 - Journal / article
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...
2018 - Journal / article
We examine the benefits flowing from a coastal seascape through seafood trade to various social groups in two distinct small-scale fishery case studies. A knowledge gap currently exists in relation to how benefits from a fishery, and the associated trade, are ultimately distributed, specifically, how market structures and relations, and the combined dynamics of the local fishing society, can mediate these flows. Previous resea...
2017 - Journal / article
This article addresses the connections between value chain actors in the tropical-marine small-scale fisheries of Zanzibar, Tanzania, to contribute to a better understanding of the fisher-trader link and how connections in general might feed into livelihood security. A sample of 168 fishers and 130 traders was taken across 8 sites through questionnaires and observations. The small-scale fishery system is mapped using a value c...