Charlie Gough
PhD student


In addition to conducting a PhD at the University of Exeter, Charlie is also the Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator for Blue Ventures Conservation, where she oversees the research components that underpin BV’s community conservation programmes.

Before returning to the UK Charlie spent almost a decade living and working in Madagascar where (similar to other tropical developing countries) the lack of information on the status of marine resources often undermines efforts to manage and conserve them. Speaking fluent Malagasy Charlie established a participatory fisheries monitoring programme, and as a certified PADI Assistant Instructor led a number of dive survey expeditions along the west coast of Madagascar, as well as completing numerous consultancies supporting work in Madagascar, Ghana and Mozambique.

Charlie’s PhD research is truly inter-disciplinary looking to assess both the composition of small-scale fisheries catches in southwest Madagascar, as well as the social and economic contributions they make. Charlie hopes to use her research to advise the conservation work that Blue Ventures and coastal communities are doing in Madagascar and to advocate for improved recognition of small-scale fisheries in national and international policy.

Broad research specialisms:

Small-scale fisheries, participatory monitoring, community-led conservation, climate vulnerability


BSc Marine and Coastal Ecology, University of Plymouth
MSc Zoo Conservation Biology, University of Plymouth

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