The WorldFish Center

Partner No. 12: The WorldFish Center (WFC) Headquartered in Malaysia

The WorldFish Center is an international, non-profit, research organization that works to reduce poverty, hunger, and malnutrition in developing countries by making fish more readily available for food and income. The Center provides the sound scientific knowledge needed to increase fish production, guide the management of fisheries and aquatic ecosystems, reverse habitat degradation, and influence policies involving fish and the people who depend on them. Since 1992, WorldFish has been one of 15 independent Future Harvest centres of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Our research partners include national and regional institutions, universities, development agencies, conservation groups, policy-making bodies, and NGOs. In addition to being headquartered in Penang, Malaysia, the Center operates regional offices in Asia in Bangladesh, Cambodia, and the Philippines.

Main tasks attributed:

  • Leading and co-ordinating WP 5: Social and economic dynamics,
  • Contributions to other WPs, particularly WP2, WP9, and WP12

Key participants

Dr. Diemuth Pemsl joined the WorldFish Center in 2005 and has been scientist in the Policy, Economics and Social Science (PESS) Discipline of the Center since. Her MSc thesis focused on the role of upland rice for food security in Vietnam. For her PhD, granted in May 2005 by the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Hannover University, Germany, she studied the farm-level impact of genetically engineered Bt cotton varieties in China. She was Research Associate at the Department of Development and Agricultural Economics, Hannover University (2001-2005), where she retains linkages. Her research interests include the assessment and adoption of (new) technologies, economics of natural resources management, and aquaculture economics and related trade issues. She has published 6 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 15 contributing papers to international conferences and has worked on a number of interdisciplinary research projects.
Dr. Edward Allison joined the WorldFish Center as Director of Policy, Economics and Social Science in August 2007. Previously Senior Lecturer in Natural Resource Management in the School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia (UEA), U.K, he has a PhD in Fisheries Management (University of Liverpool) and over 20 years of experience in fisheries management and development in South and SE Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the UK. He has held research and advisory positions with the UK Department for International Development in Malawi, and with the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation in West and Central Africa. His research bridges development concerns with those of fisheries and aquatic resources governance.  He has published over 50 scientific articles and 70 technical reports for the EU, FAO and DFID. Current work focuses on human rights and human security in fishing-dependent communities, vulnerability to HIV and AIDS, and to climate change. He retains a Research Fellowship with UEA and continues to supervise PhD students.
Dr. Malcolm Beveridge has been Director for Aquaculture and Genetics at WorldFish since April 2006. He has a PhD in ecology from the University of Glasgow and has 30 years research experience in aquaculture and fisheries, especially in relation to environmental issues and in aquatic ecology. He has extensive experience of managing and implementing research and development projects in the tropics. He was Director of the FRS Freshwater Laboratory, Scotland, UK (2001-2006), prior to which he was a member of staff at the University of Stirling (1984-2001) where he was made Reader in Aquaculture and the Environment in 2000. He has participated in, and coordinated, a number of EC-funded research projects. He served on the programme management teams for the UK Department for International Development (DFID) the Land/Water Interface and Aquaculture and Fish Genetics research programmes (1991-2006). He has published 160 scientific papers, books, and articles. In 2006 he was appointed Visiting Research Fellow at Imperial College, University of London, and is Buckland Professor, 2008.
Ingrid Kelling is a sustainability-focused researcher and policy analyst with experience in the private and public sector and high-level international expertise of monitoring and assessing government policy. Her recent research has focused on the governance of the seafood sector in light of private standards supported by professional experience, notably as a Fisheries Economist at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, Policy Analyst for the Chairman of the Fisheries Committee at the European Parliament, Brussels, and Sustainability Coordinator for the Unilever Sustainability Team at Unilever ICF, UK. Previous research includes globalisation in the retail sector and the changing nature of seafood procurement, and the political economy of fisheries policy reform. More recently at the WorldFish Center in Penang, Malaysia, her research examined drivers of change in fish for food security in the Coral Triangle Region, with an emphasis on aquaculture and the countries of Indonesia and the Solomon Islands. She has also been a guest researcher at the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences-Po), developing a paper on the societal costs of poorly governed fisheries. Although originally trained in political science at St Andrews University, Scotland, Ingrid’s Masters degree was in Environmental Economics from the University of Cambridge, UK, and her dissertation considered the extent to which a marine Ecolabel scheme could contribute to the recovery of European fish stocks. Towards the end of 2009 she began her PhD at the University of Stirling and links to the Sustainable Ethical Aquatic Trade (SEAT) project will see her working with the WorldFish Center on Work Package 5 outputs.
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Froukje Kruijssen joined the SEAT team at the WorldFish Center, Penang, as a Post- doctoral Fellow (Markets and Trade) in June 2010. Her PhD at the Centre for International Development Issues of the Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands is on sustainable market chains for tropical fruit diversity in Thailand. In her research, she analysed the livelihood strategies of small-scale tropical fruit farmers in Thailand and the way these strategies influence the diversity in tropical fruits they produce and how they affect household income. The data used for the analysis were collected through household and market surveys in Thailand, while employed as an Associate Scientist by Bioversity International between 2005 and 2008. She has worked in South and Southeast Asia, especially India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. Her master’s degree she received from Wageningen University in agricultural development economics. Froukje has also worked as an independent consultant in the field of international development, carrying out impact assessments, reviews and other studies. Before that, she was research manager at FairFood, a non-governmental campaign and lobby organization that promotes fair product chains from developing countries and a researcher at the development economics group of Wageningen University. Her key publications include “Export contracts for non-traditional products: quality and loyalty in chayote chains from Costa Rica” (2004), “Varietal differences in the supply chain of two mango varieties in south India” (2008) and “Collective action for small-scale producers of agricultural biodiversity products” (2009).
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