Timur is a PhD student working on the Blue Communities Programme. His PhD is investigating the intersections between marine ecosystems, gender, health, wellbeing and livelihoods among coastal communities in Southeast Asia. He has a particular interest in the impacts of coastal tourism and the changing roles of small-scale fishers in the Philippines, including the gendered division of labour.
After completing an undergraduate degree in History at University College London (UCL), Timur followed this up with a postgraduate degree in Environment and Development with the School of Geosciences at the University of Edinburgh. As part of his programme, he specialised in marine ecosystems, including a dissertation that investigated changing resource use of the indigenous Ivatan population of the Batanes Archipelago in the northern Philippines.
Following on from this and prior to joining ECEHH, Timur spent two years working for a grassroots NGO on Zanzibar, Tanzania, called Mwambao Coastal Community Network. This organisation has a strong focus on community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) and collaborative fisheries management, through the use of participatory qualitative methods and innovative technologies.
During his time with Mwambao, Timur was involved in a range of activities including project design, monitoring and evaluation, participatory resource mapping and fishery profiling, biodiversity monitoring and grant-writing. Timur was also responsible for the NGO’s communications, including social media, photography and videography.
Timur is passionate about the role that coastal communities and fishers can play in the management of their natural resources, including the integration of local knowledge and traditional governance systems within the wider science-policy interface.
Timur also has an interest in the occurrence of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, their root socio-economic causes and societal and ecological impacts. This reflects his wider interest in political ecology theories that investigate the socio-political causes of environmental degradation.