Ajith Raj R

Research Assistant

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

Email: ajithraj@dakshin.org

During the course of my graduation in fisheries sciences, I learnt about marine life as well as the social lives of fishers. My passion for social science and fascination with marine life inspired me to explore the possibilities of interdisciplinary research in the fisheries sector.

I joined Azim Premji University, Bangalore for pursuing my masters in Development, where I 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. I 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. My study tried to understand the perception of people on certification and likely changes that certification brought into the production systems and property rights

I started working with the Biodiversity And Resource Monitoring Program of Dakshin in July 2018. Currently, I am working with a team of researchers on the community-based fisheries management program in Lakshadweep. In the long run, we are envisaging a co-management framework for Lakshadweep for sustainable, participatory and inclusive management of fisheries in the Islands.

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