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Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Kelly Heber Dunning


Please join us in congratulating Dr. Kelly Heber Dunning, DUSP PHD Alumna ’16, on the announcement of her new role as Senior Fisheries Assessment Manager at the London-based MSC – Marine Stewardship Council. Her new position will draw on skills gained during her time as a collaborator with the Science Impact Collaborative, where she built skills in negotiation and dispute resolution in multi-stakeholder processes, practiced the use of best available science to generate policy, and as a pioneer DUSP student collaborator with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).

Fisheries management is a complex, multi-stakeholder process where livelihoods, ways of life, food security, culture, ecosystem health and sustainability are all linked. Heber Dunning hopes that her work as part of the team at MSC will help to bring even more of the world’s fisheries into the category of “sustainable fisheries.”

Heber Dunning’s new position builds upon her doctoral dissertation research, “Communities of coral : an institutional and ecological analysis of biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services in Southeast Asia.” In her dissertation, she examined how differing models of ecosystem service management and biodiversity conservation efforts affected not only the marine habitats targeted for protection but also the geographically proximate communities’ social and economic welfare. To read more about Heber Dunning’s work click here. And keep an eye out for her forthcoming book based on this research through Anthem Press.

As part of a vast network of successful DUSP Alumni, Heber Dunning welcomes questions from DUSP students and alumni on pathways to careers in human dimensions of natural resources, specifically in the marine affairs world.


Waste Pickers, Middlemen and Informal Recycling Systems in Indonesia

It has been estimated that up to 2% of the world’s urban population depends on waste either directly or indirectly for their income. Informal recycling systems reduce negative impacts on the environment, as well as provide the poor in developing countries with jobs, supply industries with raw materials, and reduce the stress on municipal infrastructure, such as collection and landfills.

Photo credit: Danumurthi Mahenra

In his 2012 masters thesis, Mike Tuori found that the informal recycling supply chain in Bandung, Indonesia operates with a high level of efficiency, but the system fails to address issues of the protection and promotion of the workforce involved. He argues that policies have focused on the waste pickers, but have ignored the “middlemen” in the chain. Mike presents a framework for evaluating informal supply chains based on the perspectives of all stakeholders involved, taking into consideration aspects of both efficiency and social concerns, and evaluating each against a given set of metrics.

His policy recommendations include investments in health and safety infrastructure and promotion of corporate social responsibility initiatives. Mike suggests the relevance of his findings are not limited to recycling, but applicable to various informal economic systems. Read Mike’s full thesis here.

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