Sahir Advani

Sahir is a marine social scientist with an interest in small-scale fisheries, seafood value chains, socio-cultural values, and seafood’s contributions to livelihoods and food and nutritional security. He is a currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow working with Joshua Stoll at the University of Maine to survey the US direct seafood sector. Sahir worked as a Research Associate with Dakshin Foundation for several years, and helped initiate research with fishing communities in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. He obtained his PhD in 2020 from the University of British Columbia and his doctoral research was in close collaboration with Dakshin Foundation. For his thesis, he documented the multi-cultural values of small-scale fishing communities in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands as well as the commoditisation of the leopard coral trout, Plectropomus leopardus, locally referred to as ‘dollar’. Sahir is an Adjunct Junior Fellow with Dakshin, and hopes to continue engaging in equitable and community-based marine research in the Global South.