OctoPINTS team, Stockhom 2019. Liz Drury O’Neill, Emilie Lindkvist, Andrew Wamukota, Rosemarie Mwaipopo, Tim Daw, Lorna Slade and Maja Schlüter.


Dr. Emilie Lindkvist – Researcher at Stockholm University

Dr. Emilie Lindkvist (PI) has a PhD in sustainability sciences, and has been working with stylized models in interdisciplinary contexts, with collaborators from Sweden, Mexico and the USA. In  her recent projects she has been studying small-scale fisheries in Mexico using agent-based models. The questions have been related to 1) how trust between members in fishing cooperatives and between fishers and traders, can affect whether fishing cooperatives or patron-client relationships are more likely to establish and persist. 2) how fisher mobility and migration can drive sequential resource collapse when fishing communities have very different productivity of their local fish resources. Besides her overarching interest in applying simulation models, complex adaptive systems theory, and social-ecological research, she has a particular interest in different types of social inequalities and how feed-backs between inequalities and exploitation of renewable natural resources can lead to sustainable or unsustainable outcomes. Emilie is a researcher based at Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, Sweden. More about Emilie >>


Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) Drury O’Neill – Postdoc at Stockholm University

Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) Drury O’Neill brings years of in-field experience from small-scale fisheries. Liz has researched small-scale fisheries in East Africa and South East Asia on her PhD project over the last four years focusing on the interactions between seafood trade, marine resources and the benefits attributed to small-scale fisheries actors. This work mapped octopus value chains in Zanzibar and showed both the economic and gender inequities associated with this global market type. Additionally results highlighted the increasing demand by tourism for octopus and the import links from Pemba and Mafia Islands as well as Italy into the capital of Zanzibar to supply it. Liz is a Doctor in Sustainability Sciences and is pursuing her postdoc in our project. Liz is based at Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, Sweden. More about Liz >>


Senior Lecturer Rosemarie Mwaipopo – Senior Lecturer at University of Dar es Salaam

Prof. Rosemarie Mwaipopo is an expert on gender studies and has been involved in numerous studies in small-scale fisheries, as well as publications leading up to contemporary knowledge of small-scale fisheries, including some of the initial academic work on gendered dimensions of octopus fisheries in the Western Indian Ocean region, particularly in relation to global trade dynamics. Of particular relevance to our project is her work with the social dimensions surrounding marine protected areas implementations in Tanzania, where she states that we need more independent studies on the establishment processes from the community perspective, given few exist that have been undertaken by marine protected areas themselves. Rosemarie is a senior lecturer in sociology based at University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. More about Rosemarie >>


Dr. Tim Daw – Researcher and director of studies at Stockholm University

Dr. Tim Daw is a political scientist that has led collaborative research in East Africa for the past 10 years on the relationship between coastal ecosystem services, poverty and well-being. This has included participatory modeling of well-being trade-offs in Kenyan fisheries. This included model based evaluation of trade-offs between management objectives and the well-being of male and female value chain participants, as well as interactive workshops in which participants learnt about such trade-offs. Tim is a researcher and director of studies based at Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, Sweden. More about Tim >>


Dr. Andrew Wamukota – Researcher and lecturer at University of Pwani

Dr. Andrew Wamukota is an expert on small-scale fisheries, and has studied octopus value chains, closures, markets and trade. Andrew’s work has taken a focus on the octopus market across the Swahili coastline, his studies have highlighted the income inequalities and the huge diversity of actors in the octopus fisheries. Andrew is a researcher and lecturer at Department of Environmental Studies, University of Pwani, Kenya. More about Andrew >>


Associate Professor Maja Schlüter – Researcher at Stockholm University

Prof. Maja Schlüter has many years of experience with developing agent-based models, is an expert on complex adaptive systems theory, and has been working in different low-income country social-ecological systems. Maja’s research focuses on understanding the emergence of social-ecological phenomena such as regime shifts, transformations, traps or (self-)governance from dynamic social-ecological interactions. She combines modeling with empirical research with the aim to develop theory and approaches to study social-ecological systems as truly intertwined and complex adaptive systems of humans and nature. Maja is an associate Professor based at Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, Sweden. More about Maja and her research lab >>



Lorna Slade Executive Director of MWAMBAO

Dr. Lorna Slade founder of the MWAMBAO Coastal Community Network (NGO- is closely involved in supporting local fisheries management in Zanzibar, mainland Tanzania and Kenya. Since 2014 they have been assisting in the community based and lead octopus closures both in Unguja and Pemba. Lorna and her team will act as our major collaborators for this project and the various communities that have either undergone or plan to adopt these octopus management interventions that MWAMBAO partners with will be our case studies.

blueventuresBlue Ventures  is a science-led social enterprise that develops transformative approaches for nurturing and sustaining locally led marine conservation. The organisation works in partnership with coastal communities in places where the ocean is vital to the culture and economy. We are collaborating with Blue Ventures both with field officers in Zanzibar, and through developing ideas and discussions around the social impacts of octopus closures with Hannah Gilchrist who is working with the Monitoring & Evaluation Coordinator Partner Support at BV, and Julia Oliveira who is a Social Research Manager at BV.


Adaoma Wosu – The Landscapes and Livelihoods Group

Dr. Adaoma Wosu completed her thesis at the University of Edinburgh on the social-ecological dynamics of fisherwomen’s behavior in northern Mozambique. She has worked as a consultant over the last few years with fisherwomen and conservation initiatives in Northern Mozambique. She is currently working in association with The Landscapes and Livelihoods Group, a consultancy that works to develop and implement sustainable landscape and natural resource management solutions that address the needs of local resource users. She will bring her expertise to the major project workshops.

BerrioMartinezJinethJineth Berrío-Martínez is a master’s student (Sept 2021- June 2022 ) at the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) at Stockholm University. She has a background in biology and natural resource management. Currently, she is working with OctoPINTS on an individual-based model of the octopus viewing octopuses as agents. Through her thesis project, she will explore how key biological aspects of Octopus cyanea might influence potential outcomes of periodic octopus closures by using a computational approach and qualitative methods including expert interviews. More about Jineth >>

Benedetta Veneroni – Internship August – October 2021 with OctoPINTS working on Masculinities and how to model those in an agent-based model.

We also hope to work with more master students or interns from any university, contact emilie . lindkvist @ su . se if you are interested!