MSc. Heike Schwermer
Within my PhD project I am focusing on the topic of mismanagement of fish stocks in the Western Baltic Sea and the communication between involved stakeholders.
Sustainable management of marine resources benefits from the participation of a multitude of interest groups representing science, politics, environmental conservation organisations (eNGO) as well as commercial and recreational fisheries. Typically conflicts between these stakeholder groups result in mutual distrust and unaccepted management decisions. In order to solve such conflicts, it is not only important to identify who is involved in this stakeholder network, it is also essential to know how the stakeholders’ perception of the system look like.
Using a transdisciplinary approach, my research focuses on the Western Baltic cod stock and its management. Here, I first applied Social Network Analysis (SNA) for the identification of stakeholders who are directly and indirectly involved in the process of managing Western Baltic cod. With this method, cooperations and interdependencies between different stakeholder groups will be determined and analyzed.
Based on the results of the SNA, Fuzzy Cognitive Maps (FCM) will be used to further describe the perception of different stakeholders related to the social-ecological system (SES) of the Western Baltic cod fishery. With FCMs I want to investigate i) how individual stakeholders as well as stakeholder groups perceive the SES of Western Baltic cod, and ii) which areas of conflict exist within the groups but also between the groups.
The findings of the study represent a starting point for further research on decision-making processes between stakeholder groups within the social-ecological system (SES) of Western Baltic Sea fisheries. Our study also shows a good example of application at the interface of science, society and policy.
Since 07/2017: PhD student at the Institute for Hydrobiology and Fisheries Science (IHF), University of Hamburg, Germany
- Supported by a grand of Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt
2012 – 2015: Graduate studies (MSc.) in Marine Ecosystem and Fisheries Science at the Institute for Hydrobiology and Fisheries Science (IHF), University of Hamburg, Germany
Master thesis: „The health of Baltic fish stocks” (based on the methodology of the Ocean Health Index).
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Christian Möllmann, Thorsten Blenckner (Stockholm University)
2008 – 2012: Undergraduate studies (BSc) in Geography (complementary subject: Oceanography) at the University of Hamburg, Germany
Bachelor thesis: „Coral bleaching events due to temperature increases“, case study: Koh Tao/Thailand.
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Böhner, Dr. Elke Fischer
“A social network analysis of stakeholders involved in the management of Western Baltic cod”. Heike Schwermer, Dr. Philipp Gorris, Prof. Dr. Christian Möllmann. ICES CM 2018/ Theme session R. ICES Annual Science Conference 2018, Hamburg
"Behind the curtains – Using expert interviews to evaluate the problem of overfishing from different perspectives". Heike Schwermer, Constanze Hammerl, Carolina Blomenkamp. YouMares 2018/ Theme session 2. YouMares Conference 2018, Oldenburg.