Congratulations Dr Gammage!

15 Jul 2019 - 21:45
Louise was formally capped last Friday, "for a thesis that uses structured decision-making tools in a scenario-based approach with small-scale fishers in the southern Cape, in support of improved decision-making in marine social-ecological systems under global change".
Since her full citation didn't make it into the graduation booklet, we bring in here:

"Louise Gammage holds a BSc in Environmental Management and a BSc (Hons) in Geography from UNISA.  She joined the project “Southern Cape Interdisciplinary Fisheries Research” of the SA Research Chair in Marine Ecology and Fisheries at UCT for her MSc studies, which she built upon for her PhD.

Louise Gammage’s thesis explores the development of a scenario-based approach to change in marine fishery systems under global change.  Small-scale fisheries and the communities they support face a range of challenges brought on by change in their marine social-ecological systems, which undermine their ability to achieve sustainability.  Using the small-scale fisheries from the southern Cape as a case study, the thesis explores how structured decision-making tools can be applied in an interactive and iterative approach with disenfranchised fishers to promote the development of local response strategies to change through learning and capacity building.  The approach allows for the reframing of common and pervasive challenges in fisheries at the specific, local scale to the benefit of fishers.  The thesis also makes recommendations for addressing scale challenges in support of an ecosystem approach to fisheries management.


Supervisor:  Professor Astrid Jarre (Department of Biological Sciences)

Co-supervisor: Professor Charles Mather (Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada)"

Find the thesis here