Ellie Matthew – December 2023

Introducing our latest scholar, Rahim Ibrahim, who started his PhD journey this October at Dalhousie University, under the supervision of Dr Megan Bailey. His project title is: Colonial Legacies and Contemporary Governance: A Political Ecology Analysis of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC).

Coming from his home country of Somalia to study in Canada has been an enriching and transformative time for Rahim. Despite the natural initial adjustment to a new country and academic environment, Rahim has thrived in both the diverse and supportive community and the inspiring and stimulating faculty. His time at Dalhousie so far has shaped him into an incredibly well-rounded individual; interacting with people of all backgrounds and immersing himself in new cultures has resulted in a broad and developed perspective on various global issues.

Rahim’s research is deeply embedded in political ecology as well as the legacy of colonialism and neocolonialism, and the potential benefits to the Indian Ocean region are very interesting. He aims to explore the effects of colonialism and neocolonialism on resource exploitation and environmental policies. Central to his work is sustainable marine resource management, where he will critically address the issue of stock depletion due to overexploitation and external pressures. His research is pivotal in understanding the impacts of resource exploitation, and he seeks to influence policy and governance to advocate for sustainability. Above all else, Rahim strikes to build economic and environmental resilience in the region, particularly in his home country of Somalia.

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