Louise Gammage (Dr)
Louise Gammage is a post-doctoral research fellow in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Cape Town, having completed her PhD under the co-supervision of Profs Astrid Jarre and Charles Mather (Memorial University, NL, Canada) in the SCIFR project. Trained as an environmental geographer, Louise’s current interdisciplinary work focuses on marine social-ecological systems (SESs) and fisheries specifically within the context of South Africa. Her research, taking a systems view, focuses on using integrative and iterative methods to promote understanding of and inform decision-making in marine SESs at various scales of interaction.
Particularly, Louise’s research interests include exploring innovative methodologies, such as structured decision-making tools and participatory modelling, to (amongst others) address challenges related to scale and decision-making in complex adaptive systems; understanding drivers of change in SESs with an eye to improving present and future decision-making; and exploring ways for local stakeholders (such as fishers) to build capacity to enhance their well-being while informing governance and policy at the larger decision-making scales through the use of approaches such as scenario planning. She has experience with semi-quantitative modelling techniques (such as cognitive causal mapping and Bayesian network modelling), qualitative and quantitative data, interviews and surveys, group facilitation, scenario planning and fieldwork.
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Cape Town, Upper Campus, Cape Town