Ana Nuno PhD.

NOVA University Lisbon, University of Exeter


As Claire Collin's supervisor, I was involved in advising on her research related to assessing social dimensions of shark fisheries in Sri Lanka and India and exploring implications for the Chagos Archipelago and MPA management in general.

Sharks being the primary target of illegal vessels arrested in the Chagos Archipelago, her research mapped socio-economic drivers for shark fisheries in India and Sri Lanka. Understanding the socio-economic motivations driving illegal activity in the Chagos Archipelago will enable an effective prevention trough economic deterrence.
Building upon these findings, I am now co-leading a project (with Dr Asha de Vos) which will critically analyse progress, challenges and opportunities for using behavioural insights to tackle IUU fishing in large MPAs using the Chagos Archipelago as a specific case study. This will combine analyses at the global, regional and local levels, with fieldwork in Sri Lanka and India.

Coastal environments and communities are experiencing complex social and ecological changes. We need to better understand the impacts of humans on marine resources, as well as their socio-economic and cultural dependence on those resources. Interdisciplinary research that brings social and ecological aspects together is essential for addressing sustainability challenges.

Ana Nuno


2020 Present
Marie Curie Research Fellow at NOVA University Lisbon
2020 Present
Honorary Senior Lecturer at Univ. Exeter
2016 2020
Research Fellow at University of Exeter
2014 2016
Postdoctoral Research Associate at University of Exeter
2009 2013
PhD student at the Interdisciplinary Conservation Science group at Imperial College

My Project

  • Tackling Illegal Fishing
    Human Dimensions of the Blue Horizon: Behavioural Insights for Compliance and Deterrence
  • Tackling Illegal Fishing
    Social Drivers for Shark Fishing Amongst Sri Lankan and Indian Fishers

Other interests

My research expertise lies in developing and applying integrated social-ecological approaches in conservation and natural resource management. 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.