Mr Ben Drakeford
Dr Drakeford is a Research Fellow, who holds a PhD in fisheries economics and management, and has been with the Centre for the Economics and Management of Aquatic Resources, based at the University of Portsmouth, since 2005. He has been awarded funding for several multidisciplinary EU projects and has also coordinated projects for other funding bodies, such as the Natural Environment Research Council and the FAO. He has worked extensively on EU fisheries under projects such as precautionary risk methodology in fisheries and judgement and knowledge in fisheries involving stakeholders, both of which considered balancing management objectives, including economic and social, in line with environmental sustainability. He has, along with one of his colleagues at the University of Portsmouth, developed a simulation model to enable fishery stakeholders to better understand the challenges of fisheries management. The simulation has been utilised with various stakeholder groups in different countries. He was recently co-coordinator of a UK DEFRA project, which considered future management options for English fisheries.
Dr Drakeford is currently working on the International EU projects – socio economic effect of management measures of the future CFP, and Aquaculture for Food Security, Poverty Alleviation and Nutrition. Dr Drakeford is also currently working with the FAO on developing fisheries and aquaculture in Central Asia and DGMARE as the UK focal point for the Assistance Mechanism for the Atlantic Action Plan.
Dr Drakeford is the author and co-author of various journal articles, book chapters, research reports, consultancy reports and conference and workshop proceedings. He has also disseminated the results of his research activities at international conferences and workshops, throughout Europe, Asia and the USA. The most recent ministerial workshop delivered by Dr Drakeford was for the FAO in Kyrgyzstan. He has also organised and delivered workshops in the UK for DEFRA, and the European Commission, attended by various stakeholder groups.