Claire Collins PhD., MSc.

University of Exeter


A postdoctoral researcher working at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and University of Exeter.

My research focuses on understanding human dimensions of socioecological systems, with previous foci including social importance of shark fisheries, drivers of fisher spatial behaviour and understanding perceptions of conservation and management policies for improving their effectiveness. I have experience in working across research, government and consultancy bodies and am particularly interested in how collaborative action can enhance compliance with conservation and management policies, to enhance their long-term success.

Research on the interactions between human behavior and MPA regulations is vital to understanding and ensuring their positive ecological impacts. Our research highlights the need to integrate this research throughout every stage of MPA creation and implementation.

Claire Collins


2021 Present
Postdoctoral researcher, University of Exeter and ZSL
2018 2021
Ph.D. student, University of Exeter and ZSL
2017 2018
Principal Investigator, Frontier Fiji Marine
2013 2018
Fisheries Consultant (full-time & freelance), MRAG
2012 2013
MSc. Aquatic Resource Management, Kings College London
2007 2010
BSc. Zoology, University of Manchester

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