Alicia Said

Research activities

I am a post-doctoral fellow with the Too Big To Ignore group and my research interests include resource governance, socio-economic and socio-ecological resilience, and sustainable livelihoods in the context of small-scale and artisanal fisheries. I have recently finished my PhD in Biodiversity Management at the School of Anthropology and Conservation at the University of Kent (UK) within which I investigated the implications of marine policy initiatives on the sustainability of the small-scale fishing sector in Malta. With TBTI, I am now conducting regional and global research on the governance of different fishing communities by fostering the development of a governability index and progressing on a systematic approach for transdisciplinary fisheries research.

  • Too Big To Ignore, Global Partnership for Small-Scale Fisheries Research
  • OceanGov - Ocean Governance for Sustainability - Challenges, Options and the Role of Science (EU COST Action)
  • MARCONS - Advancing Marine Conservation in Contiguous Seas (EU COST Action)
  • Small-scale Fisheries in the Mediterranean: MAVA Foundation Project, Low Impact Fishers of Europe
Selected publications (up to 5)
  • Said, A., Campbell, B., MacMillan, D., 2018. Crossroads at Sea: Escalating conflicts in a marine protected area in Malta, Estuarine and Coastal Shelf Science journal,
  • Said, A., MacMillan, D., Schembri, M., Tzanopoulos, J., 2017. Fishing in a congested sea: What do marine protected areas imply for the future of the Maltese artisanal fleet? Appl. Geogr. 87. doi:10.1016/j.apgeog.2017.08.013
  • Said, A., 2017. Are the Small-Scale Fisheries Guidelines Sufficient to Halt the Fisheries Decline in Malta?, in: Jentoft, S., Franz, N., Barragan Pallidines, J.., Chuenpagdee, R. (Eds.), The Small-Scale Fisheries Guidelines Global Implementation. Springer.
  • Said, A., Tzanopoulos, J., MacMillan, D., 2016. Bluefin tuna fishery policy in Malta: The plight of artisanal fishermen caught in the capitalist net. Mar. Policy 73, 27–34. doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2016.07.025
  • Deidun, A., Attard, S., Camilleri, M., Gaffiero, J.V., Hampson, D., Said, A., Azzurro, E., Goren, M., 2016. The first record of the Sargocentron genus from the Maltese Islands ( Central Mediterranean ) - who will unravel the current conundrum? BioInvasions Rec. 5, 123–126. doi:10.3391/bir.2016.5.2.10
  • Drago, A., Deidun, A., Martin, G. deGiovanni, Alicia, S., 2010. International Ocean Institute — Kids: Targeting Awareness on the Sea With the Younger Generations. Curr. J. Mar. Educ. 26, 35–40.
  • Rust, N.A., Abrams, A., Challender, D.W.S., Chapron, G., Ghoddousi, A., Glikman, J.A., Gowan, C.H., Hughes, C., Rastogi, A., Said, A., Sutton, A., Taylor, N., Thomas, S., Unnikrishnan, H., Webber, A.D., Wordingham, G., Hill, C.M., 2017. Quantity Does Not Always Mean Quality: The Importance of Qualitative Social Science in Conservation Research Quantity Does Not Always Mean Quality: The Importance of Qualitative Social Science in Conservation Research. Soc. Nat. Resour. 0, 0–7.