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.
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