Daniel Skerritt

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Research Unit

Fisheries Economics Research Unit


B.Sc. (Hons) in Marine Biology (Newcastle University)
M.Sc. in International Marine Environmental Consultancy (Newcastle University)
Ph.D. in Marine Ecology (Newcastle University)

Contact Information

Email: d.skerritt@oceans.ubc.ca
Website: LinkedIn
Twitter: @danhomarus

Research Interests

I am an interdisciplinary researcher with a keen interest in understanding the links between social, economic and ecological aspects of fisheries management and governance. I employ a broad range of approaches and techniques in my work, with the common thread being that it aims to directly respond to fisheries policy-issues.


I began my research career in the Marine Ecosystems and Governance research group at Newcastle University, where I completed my BSc, MSc and PhD. My early research focused on quantifying shellfish population dynamics, incorporating novel techniques such as acoustic telemetry, in order to inform and improve management and conservation. I subsequently moved into international consultancy and my research interests expanded to incorporate wider fisheries policy issues. Working at the interface of applied science and policy, I consulted for several NGOs and public bodies, including contributing to the evaluation and reform of the European Union’s Common Fisheries Policy. In this role I delivered impact assessments, and ex-ante and ex-post evaluations of policy, including issues of international oceans governance, non-local labor, subsidies to fisheries, and the ownership and exclusive rights of fisheries means of production.

My role within the Fisheries Economics Research Unit allows me to integrate my interdisciplinary research with my practical experience in policy evaluation and engagement. I support work on socio-economic analysis of fisheries, global fisheries subsidies, and how societal knowledge can be transposed into sustainable policy.