Qualification: M.A. Development (Sustainability Specialization), Azim Premji University, Bangalore- 2016
Bachelor’s in Fisheries Sciences (BFSc), Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS), Kochi-2011
Ajith Raj, during the course of his graduation in fisheries sciences, learnt about marine life as well as the social lives of fishers. His passion for social science and fascination with marine life inspired me to explore the possibilities of interdisciplinary research in the fisheries sector.
He joined Azim Premji University, Bangalore for pursuing his masters in Development, where he specialized in sustainability studies. Two years of Masters helped me to develop interests in the realms of Fisheries Resource Management, Fisheries Commons and Political Ecology. He conducted an independent study on a new mode of governance of fisheries resources through sustainability certification and eco-labelling. The study was conducted in India’s first Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified clam fishery of Ashtamudi Lake in Kerala. His study tried to understand the perception of people on certification and likely changes that certification brought into the production systems and property rights
He started working with the Biodiversity And Resource Monitoring Program of Dakshin in July 2018. Currently, he am working with a team of researchers on the community-based fisheries management program in Lakshadweep. In the long run, they are envisaging a co-management framework for Lakshadweep for sustainable, participatory and inclusive management of fisheries in the Islands.