Edward Allison, Ph.D.

Professor, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs

Adjunct Professor, School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences

Research areas

Eddie Allison’s research centers on the human connection to natural resources. His primary areas of focus are 1) the contribution of fisheries and aquaculture to food and nutrition security and coastal livelihoods, 2) governance of small-scale fisheries and aquaculture production and the human rights of fisherfolk, and 3) the vulnerability and adaptation to climate change of people dependent on marine and freshwater resources. His work spans the globe, holding past positions in the field of fisheries and aquaculture management and development in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Oceania, Latin America and Europe, as researcher or technical and policy advisor for various international organizations. He has held faculty appointments at the University of East Anglia, and was the director of Policy, Economics, and Social Science at the WorldFish Center in Malaysia prior to coming to the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs. Dr. Allison received his Ph.D. in Fisheries Science from the University of Liverpool, England.

Dr. Allison teaches:

  • SMEA 501: Integrated Marine Affairs Practice
  • SMEA 550: Fish in the Global Food System
  • SMEA 550: Marine Affairs Issues in Puget Sound (Field Course)

Selected publications

Belhabib, D., Hellebrandt Da Silva, D., Allison, E. H., Zeller, D., & Pauly, D. (2016). Filling a blank on the map: 60 years of fisheries in Equatorial Guinea. Fisheries Management and Ecology 23(2): 119–132.

Béné, C., R. Arthur, H. Norbury, E. H. Allison, M.C.M Beveridge, S. Bush, L. Campling, W. Leschen, D. Little, D. Squires, S. Thilsted, M. Troell & M. Williams (2016). Contribution of fisheries and aquaculture to food security and poverty reduction:  assessing the current evidence.  World Development, 79: 177-196.

Cinner, J. E., Huchery, C., MacNeil, M. A., Graham, N. A. J., McClanahan, T. R., Maina, J., . . . Mouillot, D. (2016). Bright spots among the world’s coral reefs. Nature, 535, 416–419.

Cooke, S. J., Allison, E. H., Beard, T. D., Arlinghaus, R., Arthington, A. H., Bartley, D. M., . . . Welcomme, R. L. (2016). On the sustainability of inland fisheries: Finding a future for the forgotten. Ambio, 45(7):753-764.

Crona, B. I., Basurto, X., Squires, D., Gelcich, S., Daw, T. M., Khan, A., … & Allison, E. H. (2016). Towards a typology of interactions between small-scale fisheries and global seafood trade. Marine Policy, 65, 1-10.

Golden, C.D., Allison, E.H., Cheung, W.W.L., Dey, M.M., Halpern, B.S., McCauley, D.J., Smith, M. and Vaitla, B. (2016). Nutrition: Fall in fish catch threatens human health. Nature, 534, 317–320.

Thilsted, S.H., Thorne-Lyman, A., Webb, P., Bogard, J.R., Subasinghe, R., Phillips, M.J. and Allison, E.H., (2016). Sustaining healthy diets: The role of capture fisheries and aquaculture for improving nutrition in the post-2015 era. Food Policy 61: 126-131.

Cinner, J.E., C. Huchery, C.C. Hicks, T.M. Daw, N. Marshall, A. Wamukota, and E.H. Allison (2015). Changes in adaptive capacity of Kenyan fishing communities. Nature Climate Change 5, 872–876 (volume 5, pp 827-876)

Sampson G.S.,  Sanchirico J.N., Roheim C.A., Bush S.R., Taylor J.E., Allison E.H., Anderson J.L., Ban N.C., Fujita R., Jupiter S., and Wilson J.R. (2015). Secure sustainable seafood from developing countries. Science 348(6234): 504–506.

Allison, E.H. and H.R. Bassett (2015). Climate change in the oceans: Human impacts and responses. Science 350(6262): 778-782.

Bell, J.D., V. Allain, E. H. Allison, S. Andréfouët, N.L. Andrew, M.J. Batty, M. Blanc, J.M. Dambacher, J. Hampton, Q. Hanich, et al. (2015). Diversifying the use of tuna to improve food security and public health in Pacific Island countries and territories, Marine Policy 51: 584-591

Barange, M., G. Merino, J. L. Blanchard, J. Scholtens, J. Harle, E.H. Allison, J. I. Allen, J. Holt & S. Jennings (2014). Impacts of climate change on marine ecosystem production in societies dependent on fisheries Nature Climate Change 4: 211–216