Professor Eddie Allison

Lancaster University


Eddie is an interdisciplinary researcher with a background in marine biology, fisheries science and international development studies and interests in coastal and marine social-ecological systems, particularly small-scale fisheries.  His work is often closely linked to policy or management and development practice and spans scales from global meta-analysis, through national policy analysis to local-site case-studies. His work is informed by scholarship in social-ecological systems and sustainability science, development studies and political ecology.  He often works in partnership with anthropologists, economists, human geographers and ecologists as well as other interdisciplinary scholars. He has worked mainly in Sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia, though he’s also participated in projects in South Asia, North and South America and Oceania.

Research Interests

The human relationship with the sea

Equity and justice in the blue economy

Aquatic foods in food system transformations

Climate change vulnerability and adaptation

Coastal social-ecological systems

Livelihoods, human rights and wellbeing in coastal and riparian communities

Webinar: The human relationship with our ocean planet (8 September 2020)

IMBER Conference Keynote 2019: Ocean Research for Sustainability (17 June 2019)

Selected Publications

  • Allison, E.H., J. Kurien, Y. Ota et al. 2020. The Human Relationship with Our Ocean Planet. Washington, DC: World Resources Institute.
  • Brodie-Rudolph, T., Ruckelshaus, M., Swilling, M., Allison, E.H., Österblom, H., Gelcich, S. and Mbatha, P., 2020. A transition to sustainable ocean governance. Nature Communications 11(1): 1-14.
  • Lam, V.W., Allison, E.H., Bell, J.D., Blythe, J., Cheung, W.W., Frölicher, T.L., Gasalla, M.A. and Sumaila, U.R., 2020. Climate change, tropical fisheries and prospects for sustainable development. Nature Reviews Earth & Environment.
  • Singleton, R.L., Allison, E.H., Gough, C., Kamat, V., LeBillon, P., Robson, L. and Sumaila, U.R., 2019. Conservation, contraception and controversy: Supporting human rights to enable sustainable fisheries in Madagascar. Global Environmental Change 59: 101946.
  • Cisneros-Montemayor, A.M., Moreno-Báez, M., Voyer, M., Allison, E.H., Cheung, W.W., Hessing-Lewis, M., Oyinlola, M.A., Singh, G.G., Swartz, W. and Ota, Y., 2019. Social equity and benefits as the nexus of a transformative Blue Economy: A sectoral review of implications. Marine Policy109: 103702.
  • Cohen, P.J., Allison, E.H., Andrew, N.L., Cinner, J., Evans, L.S., Fabinyi, M., Garces, L.R., Hall, S.J., Hicks, C.C., Hughes, T.P. and Jentoft, S., 2019. Securing a just space for small-scale fisheries in the blue economy. Frontiers in Marine Science 6: 171.
  • Hicks, C. C., Cohen, P. J., Graham, N. A., Nash, K. L., Allison, E. H., D’Lima, C., … & MacNeil, M. A. (2019). Harnessing global fisheries to tackle micronutrient deficiencies. Nature 574(7776): 95-98.
  • Cinner, J.E., Adger, W.N., Allison, E.H., Barnes, M.L., Brown, K., Cohen, P.J., Gelcich, S., Hicks, C.C., Hughes, T.P., Lau, J. and Marshall, N.A., 2018. Building adaptive capacity to climate change in tropical coastal communities. Nature Climate Change 8(2): 117-123.
  • Golden, C.D., Allison, E.H., Cheung, W.W.L., Dey, M.M., Halpern, B.S., McCauley, D.J., Smith, M. and Vaitla, B. (2016). Nutrition: Fall in fish catch threatens human health. Nature534, 317–320.
  • Allison, E.H. and H.R. Bassett (2015). Climate change in the oceans: Human impacts and responses. Science 350(6262): 778-782.