Ana Nuno Ph.D.

University of Exeter


As Claire Collins’ supervisor, I’m involved in advising on her research related to assessing social dimensions of shark fisheries in Sri Lanka and India and exploring implications for the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) and Marine Protected Area (MPA) management in general.

My research expertise lies in developing and applying integrated social-ecological approaches in conservation and natural resource management. Coastal environments and communities are experiencing complex social and ecological changes. Claire‘s research will map socioeconomic drivers for shark fisheries in India and Sri Lanka. Interdisciplinary research that brings social and ecological aspects together is essential for addressing sustainability challenges.

Sharks are the primary target of illegal vessels arrested in BIOT. It is only by understanding the socioeconomic motivations driving such illegal activity in BIOT that an effective prevention strategy can be implemented.



We need to better understand the impacts of humans on marine resources, as well as their socio-economic and cultural dependence on those resources.

Ana Nuno


2016 Present
Research Fellow, University of Exeter
2014 2016
Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Exeter
2009 2013
Ph.D. student at the Interdisciplinary Conservation Science group, Imperial College

My Project

  • Improving MPA Management
    Social Drivers for Shark Fishing Amongst Sri Lankan and Indian Fishers

Other interests

I am particularly interested in the application of tools and findings from multiple disciplines to conservation and in developing novel techniques to achieve a better understanding of the dynamics of social-ecological systems. Using a number of case studies all over the world and working in close collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders (e.g. fishers, governments, development and environmental NGOs), my works brings together ecological and social data into unified frameworks to inform management and policy decisions and help manage conflicts over natural resources.