Advancing Education

We are proud to offer funding for postgraduate research and training in sustainable small-scale fisheries and advocacy. Our grantees are leading scholars specialising in subjects within the Indian Ocean region, whose research and training aligns with SDG 14. We prioritise the higher education of Indian Ocean nationals to build capacity in vulnerable Coastal States, whilst increasing research efforts in the region and contributing to the global knowledge base on fisheries. Details of our present and past scholars and their projects can be found below.

We are seeking to fund scholarships and research in these four key areas:

Interested in applying for a scholarship?

If you are aspiring to undertake postgraduate research, we have a list of suggested projects that fall within our funding scope, and we are also open to hearing your ideas. We have established relationships with universities all around the world, specialising in four main subjects: Law of the Sea, Marine Ecology, Socio-Economics and Innovation. 

If you feel you would be a suitable candidate for a scholarship and would like to share your project ideas with us, please click below and contact us.

Our Scholars

Zameel Hussain

Legal analysis on the application of Sovereign Rights of Coastal States at Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) – PhD

Zameel has been working as a Senior Compliance Officer at the Ministry of Fisheries leading the Fisheries Compliance Department, where he is responsible for coordinating the work on implementing the Fisheries Act and incorporating the international obligations of Maldives as a fishing nation into our domestic legislature. 

Zameel explains “my work in the Ministry includes providing legal opinion on the proposals and discussions at Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) and other Regional Fisheries Management Organisations. This has given me an insight into the legal objections and concerns raised by the Coastal States in the context of their sovereign rights. There are various scholarly studies, projects, and reports published on establishing governance mechanisms in tuna RFMOs including IOTC. Similar studies have provided policy advice on decision-making and allocation regimes at IOTC. However, a legal analysis to determine the IOTC’s conformity with International Law in ensuring the sovereign rights of coastal states is yet be carried out.” It is because of this that Zameel has decided to pursue his PhD and investigate the application of Sovereign Rights of Coastal States at the IOTC.

Peter Kimwele Mwandikwa

Marine Biodiversity Conservation and Fisheries Management – Master of Science

Peter Mwandikwa is a professional fishery expert with a specific focus on small scale fisheries and aquaculture development and management. His research centres around the development of small scale fisheries resources for sustainable livelihoods. Peter has participated in projects and programmes in small scale fisheries management and development and community based resources management whose objectives have been to ensure food security, wealth creation and environmental conservation. He has over ten years of experience as a fisheries manager and having attended various trainings and workshops in fisheries management and development in the East African region, and is also a TVET trained Trainer of Trainers (TOT).

Lara Funk

Examining Social Responsibility Tools and Worker Wellbeing in Global Seafood Supply Chains – PhD

Lara Funk is currently a PhD Candidate at Heriot-Watt University examining the impact of social responsibility tools on worker wellbeing in global seafood supply chains. Her research aims to help bridge the academia-industry divide and she is directly supported by Sustainable Fisheries and Communities Trust, Tesco, Hilton Seafoods, Global Seafood Assurances, and Marks & Spencer. Lara’s background is in sustainable development and marine socio-ecological systems and she holds a Master’s of Science in Marine Systems and Policies from the University of Edinburgh and a Bachelor of Arts in Rethinking International Development from Duke University.

Nyokabi Hannah Waititu

Assigning Access to Fisheries in the Kenyan Exclusive Economic Zone Under the Fisheries Management and Development Act, 2016 – PhD

During Nyokabi Waititu’s time working at the State Department of Fisheries, Aquaculture, and the Blue Economy, the law governing fisheries in Kenya was repealed and a new robust law enacted in line with international, regional and national legal developments in the fisheries value chain. This legal development informed her interest in researching the different approaches of accessing fisheries in the Exclusive Economic Zone, an under-researched area. Nyokabi will identify ways whereby the country will benefit economically and socially from the fisheries, and while simultaneously implementing conservation and management measures that guarantee maximum sustainable yield.

Muhammad Zulficar Mochtar

Determinant of Competitiveness of Indonesia Tuna Export Business – Doctorate

Pak Zulficar is an experienced Executive Director with a demonstrated history of working in the public policy industry, and a Master of Science (MSc) focused on Sustainability, Planning and Environmental Policy from Cardiff University, UK. 

Having worked in the Indonesian fisheries sector for more than 20 years, Pak Zulficar is looking to investigate what drives competitiveness in Indonesia tuna export. His detailed review of the supply chain process will look into fishing activities, fish processing unit (UPI) capacities and performance, and export process and standard. This research is intended so that in the future, the industries with export potential, especially in the tuna fishing industry, will explain the determinants of their competitiveness and the implications that need to be anticipated, so that related businesses develop more according to their potential.

 

Syahril Abd Raup

Integrating Indonesia Tuna Fishery Data – PhD

Pak Chali has been working in the fisheries industry of Indonesia for nearly 20 years, and is passionate about the sustainable management of tuna stocks to ensure a stable future for his country. 

Indonesia is one of the largest tuna producing countries in the world. As an archipelago country, Indonesia has many suitable marine areas for tuna and similar species. However, this raises problems and challenges on its own in implementing sustainable and responsible management of tuna fisheries. One critical issue in tuna management that needs attention in Indonesia is data collection. Pak Chali is addressing this issue by building capacity in the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Affairs in Indonesia, to establish a standard data gathering mechanism.

Ilham S.Pi

Modelling and Data Analysis of Small Pelagic Fisheries in Indonesia – Doctorate

Pak Ilham is currently Head of Fisheries Data Analysis Section at Fisheries Resources Management Directorate of Capture Fisheries Directorate General at Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries in Jakarta, Indonesia. His main responsibility within the division is to analyse fisheries data obtained throughout Indonesia to support fisheries management decision nationwide. 

His work and team has been valuable in supporting policies for managing several fisheries stocks particularly small pelagic fisheries through implementation of several data collection system such as catch recording, port sampling and electronic log books for fishing vessels in Indonesia. He believes that this research is very important to support management and policies in Small Pelagic Fisheries drafting by both central and local government in Indonesia.  Moreover, he hopes to obtain more knowledge and skills on fisheries modelling based on limiting data which has been a main problem facing by almost all Indonesian fisheries stocks.  This will aid in the management of small pelagic fisheries through improving data collection system, analysis and modelling.  Upon the completion of the program, he intends to continue and advance his professional career within the ministry to contribute to fisheries management in Indonesia and even at regional and international level.

Related Projects

As well as our fantastic scholars, we also offer training and short courses in other areas. You can explore our education projects below.
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