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Miss Alison Simmance BSc, MSc

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Miss Alison Simmance is Postgraduate research student within Social Statistics & Demography at the University of Southampton.


Prior to starting my PhD at the University of Southampton, I gained over four years of professional experience in the field of marine resource management both nationally and internationally. This included: my role as a scientific officer for the UK Government’s marine science unit and management of the EU MariFish project; and my role as a socio-economic marine resource field researcher for an NGO in Madagascar. My main research interests lie in integrating natural and social sciences to address fisheries and aquaculture management issues in the context of developing countries. These experiences led me to study a PhD at Southampton University.

Research interests

  • Ecosystem services
  • Aquaculture and fisheries
  • Natural resource management
  • Fisheries governance
  • Food security
  • Marine Conservation

PhD Title: Sustainable livelihoods: the value of Aquaculture Ponds in Malawi to improve food and nutritional security

Professor Nyovani Madise (lead)
Professor Guy Poppy (co-supervisor)
Professor Jeppe Kolding (University of Bergen)

Funding: ESRC-DTC scholarship, pathway: Energy, Environment and Resilience (EER).

Affiliate research group

ESRC DTC Pathway- Energy, Environment and Resilience (EER)

Professional Groups:

  • British Ecological Society (BES) (Jan 2014- present).
  • Member of the Too Big to Ignore global fisheries network (March 2014-present).
  • Member of the international Young Ecosystem Services Specialist (YESS) network, Ecosystem Services Partnership (Oct 2013- present).
  • Member of the United Nations Association, UK (2011-present).

Reading Groups:

  • Young Ecosystem Services Specialist (YESS) International Reading Group, Ecosystem Services Partnership.
  • Ecosystem Services Club Reading Group, University of Southampton.
  • Conservation Biology Reading Group, University of Southampton.
  • MSc Natural Resource Governance ENVS6027- Guest Lecturer Governance of Aquaculture and Fisheries
  • Module teaching assistant (demonstrator) BIOL1001

BIOL1001- Experimental & Field Ecology. This is a 10-12 day field course to Spain: Species identification, ecological survey techniques (coastal and terrestrial), poster presentations, experimental design and data analysis, designing and carry-out a research project.

  • Module demonstrator for STAT1003
Miss Alison Simmance
Social Statistics & Demography, Social Sciences, University of Southampton Southampton SO17 1BJ United Kingdom Email:
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