Victor Mwakha Alati

Research interests: Socio-cultural anthropology; local ecological knowledge; fisheries; tourism; ecosystem services

Biography:  Victor completed his Bsc in Applied Aquatic Sciences at Egerton University, Kenya in 2007. In 2008, he joined CORDIO East Africa – a research and conservation organization focused on marine and coastal ecosystems in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) – as an assistant research scientist under the socioeconomic monitoring program (SocMon-WIO). He obtained a masters degree in Ecological Marine Management at the Vrije University Brussels in 2011. His Masters thesis was titled “Estimating the value of goods and services in a Marine Protected Area: the case of Watamu Marine National Park and Reserve, Kenya”. He is currently a research officer at the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI).

Victor is pursuing his PhD in Social Anthropology focusing on heritage practices of coastal fishing communities supervised by Garry Marvin and Jonathan Skinner. The PhD is funded by the Rising from the Depths project.