Professor Neil Andrew


Position: ANCORS Professor
Phone: +61 2 4252 8921
Office: UOW Innovation Campus, ITAMS Building 233, Room 207
Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS), University of Wollongong, NSW, 2522, Australia


Neil Andrew is a Professor at ANCORS. He obtained his PhD from the University of Sydney in 1988 and has worked as a marine ecologist and fisheries scientist ever since. Before joining ANCORS, Professor Andrew held senior positions in WorldFish, a member of the CGIAR network of international research centres, marine research institutions in Australia and New Zealand. 

Over the course of his career Professor Andrew has worked in a wide range of fisheries and ecological research in New Zealand, Australia, Spain and Antarctica, including shellfish fisheries stock assessment, rocky reef ecology, fishery observer programs, prawn trawl by-catch, ecological effects of fishing, stock enhancement, and experimental design and analysis. He has extensive experience in liaising with fishing industry groups to design and execute fisheries research programs, particularly small-scale fisheries such as abalone and sea urchin fisheries. Professor Andrew’s current focus is on small-scale fisheries in developing countries. These fisheries present enormous challenges for science and management as they reside at the nexus of biodiversity conservation, food security, poverty reduction and sustainable development. The assessment, management and governance of small-scale fisheries and their role in sustainable development is both an intellectual and practical frontier of enormous importance. Geographically, he has worked in southern Africa, Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia (Aceh), and Melanesia. More broadly, Professor Andrew has worked on projects on method development and synthesis of data in collaboration with FAO, the Stockholm Resilience Center and academics from a range of ARIs and national fisheries agencies. 

Research interests:

Small scale fisheries, resilience, international development 

Selected Publications:

Blythe J., Cohen P., Eriksson H., Cinner J., Schwarz A., Andrew N.L. (in press). Situating the Social-Ecological framework in critical development theory. Marine Policy.

Eriksson H., Adhuri D.S., Adrianto L., Andrew N.L, et al. (2016). An ecosystem approach to small-scale fisheries through participatory diagnosis in four tropical countries. Global Environmental Change. 36, 56-66.

Bell J, Taylor M, Amos M., Andrew N. (2016). Climate change and Pacific Island food systems. CCAFS and CTA. Copenhagen, Denmark and Wageningen, the Netherlands. 40 pp.

Sulu R.J., Eriksson H., Schwarz A-E., Andrew N.L., Orirana G., Sukulu M., Oeta J.,Harohau D.O., Sibiti S., Toritela A., Beare D. (2016). Livelihoods and fisheries governance in a contemporary Pacific Island setting. PLoS ONE. 10 (11), e0143516.

Eriksson H., Österblom H., Crona B., Troell M., Wilen J., Andrew N.L., Folke C. (2015). Eriksson, H. Osterblom, H. Crona, B., Andrew, N.L. Wilen J., Folke C. (2015). Contagious exploitation of marine resources. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 13: 435-440

Bell J.D.,  J. Albert, S. Andrefouet, N.L. Andrew,  M. Blanc, P. Bright, D. Brogan, B. Campbell, H. Govan, J. Hampton, Q. Hanich, S. Harley, A. Jorari, M. Lincoln Smith, S. Pontifex, M.K. Sharp, W. Sokimi, A. Webb (2015). Investments to optimise the use of nearshore fish aggregating devices for food security in the Pacific Islands. Marine Policy. 56, 98-105.

Bell, J.D, T.J.H. Adams, V. Allain, S. Andréfouët, N.L. Andrew, et al. (2015).  Diversifying the use of tuna to improve food security and public health in Pacific Island countries and territories.  Marine Policy 51: 584-591

Albert, J.D., D. Beare, A.M. Schwarz, S. Albert, R. Warren, J. Teri, F.  Siota, and N.L. Andrew (2014). The contribution of nearshore fish aggregating devices (FADs) to food security and livelihoods in Solomon Islands. PLoS ONE 9(12): e115386. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0115386

Cros A., N. Ahamad Fatan, A. White, S.J. Teoh, S. Tan, others, N.L. Andrew, D. Beare. (2014). The Coral Triangle Atlas: An Integrated Online Spatial Database System for Improving Coral Reef Management. PLoS ONE 9(6): e96332. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0096332

Hall, S.J., R. Hilborn, N.L. Andrew and E.H. Allison (2013). Innovations in capture fisheries are an imperative for nutrition security in the developing world. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. 110: 8345-8348

Byrne, M.J. and N.L. Andrew (2013). Centrostephanus rodgersii.  In, Edible sea urchins: biology and ecology (Third Edition).  J.M. Lawrence (ed). Elsevier, Amsterdam.

Foale, S., D. Adhuri, P. Aliño, E. H. Allison, N.L. Andrew, P. Cohen, L. Evans, M Fabinyi, P. Fidelman, C. Gregory, N. Stacey, J. Tanzer, N. Weeratunge (2012). Putting people at the centre of the Coral Triangle Initiative. Marine Policy 34: 174-183.

Morand, P., A. Kodio, N.L. Andrew, F. Sinaba, J. Lemoalle, C. Béné. (2012). Vulnerability and adaptation of African rural populations to hydro-climatic change: experience from fisher communities of the Inner Niger Delta (Mali). Climatic Change 115: 463–483.

Schwarz A-M., Béné, C. Bennett G., Boso, D., Hilly, Z., Paul, A., Posala, R., Sibiti, S. and Andrew, N.L. (2011). Vulnerability and resilience of remote rural communities to shocks and global changes: empirical analysis from the Solomon Islands. Global Environmental Change 21: 1128–1140

Bell, J.D., Andrew N.L., Batty, M.J. et al. (2011).  Adapting tropical Pacific fisheries and aquaculture to climate change: Management measures, policies and investments.  In, Bell, J.D., Johnson, J.E., and Hobday A.J (eds). Vulnerability of Tropical Pacific Fisheries and Aquaculture to Climate Change. Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Noumea, New Caledonia. pp 803-874.

Bene C., L. Evans; D. Mills, S. Ovie, A. Raji, T. Ahmadu, A. Kodio, F. Sinaba, P. Morand, J. Lemoalle, N.L. Andrew (2011). Testing resilience thinking in a poverty context: experience from the Niger River basin. Global Environmental Change. 21: 1173-1184.

Allison, E.H., C. Béné and N.L. Andrew (2011). Poverty reduction as a means to enhance resilience of small-scale fisheries.  In, Small-scale Fisheries Management: Frameworks and Approaches for the Developing World. Pomeroy R.E. and Andrew N.L. (eds). CABI Publishing. pp. 216-238.

Andrew N.L. and Evans, L. (2011). Frameworks and approaches for research and management of small-scale fisheries. In, Small-scale Fisheries Management: Frameworks and Approaches for the Developing World. Pomeroy R.E. and Andrew N.L. (eds). CABI Publishing. pp. 16-35.

Cochrane, K.L., Andrew, N.L. and Parma, A.M. (2011). Primary fisheries management: a minimum requirement for provision of sustainable human benefits in small-scale fisheries. Fish and Fisheries 12: 275-288.

Evans, L. and Andrew N.L. (2011). Diagnosis and the management constituency of small-scale fisheries. In, Small-scale Fisheries Management: Frameworks and Approaches for the Developing World. Pomeroy R.E. and Andrew N.L. (eds). CABI Publishing. pp 35-59.

Mills, D., Béné, C., Ovie, S., Tafida, A., Sinaba, F., Kodio, A., Russell, A., Andrew, N.L., Morand, P. and Lemoalle, J. (2011). Vulnerability in African small-scale fishing communities. Journal of International Development 23: 308-313

Njaya, F., K. Snyder, D. Jamu, J. Wilson, C. Howard-Williams, N.L. Andrew and E.H. Allison (2011).  The ecology of Lake Chilwa, southern Malawi.  Journal of Great Lakes Research. 37: 15–25

Dugan, P.D., A. Delaporte, N.L. Andrew (2010). Blue Harvest: Inland Fisheries as an Ecosystem Service. United Nations Environment Programme. 63 pp. 

Walker, B.D., J. Sayer, N.L. Andrew and B.D. Campbell (2010). Resilience in practice: challenges and opportunities for natural resource management in the developing world. Crop Science 50: 10-19.

Last reviewed: 2 March, 2018