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Andrew Edwards-Jones

Social Scientist

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Andrew is a Social Scientist with the Sea and Society Group at PML. An experienced interdisciplinary multi-method researcher, he is involved in a range of projects that examine relationships between coastal communities and their marine and coastal environments, including ODA projects in SE Asia. These relationships are explored through various approaches, including public perception research (sustainable tidal energy), stakeholder engagement (mangrove management), policy analysis (coastal management) and evaluation and review (nature-connectedness and health & wellbeing). Current projects include ACCORD (Addressing Challenges of Coastal Communities through Ocean Research for Developing Economies), focusing on collaborative socio-economic work in Vietnam and Malaysia; NexAMS (Nexus Action for Mangroves in Selangor, Malaysia); and SWEEP (The South West Partnership for Environmental and Economic Prosperity), mainly on its ‘Investment in Nature for Health’ project. Andrew also contributed to the GCRF Blue Communities project looking at spatial and functional links between habitats, ecosystem services and pressures in SE Asia case study sites, and worked on ADVENT, a UKERC funded project in which he explored citizen perceptions of tidal energy and local coastal environmental attributes.

Prior to joining PML, Andrew spent 10 years conducting education research at University of Plymouth, which included multi-national ERASMUS+ projects producing teaching and learning materials, supporting outdoor learning, and exploring facets of research-informed teaching. Andrew has a BSc Geology/Astronomy, an MSc Biological Diversity, and is an Associate Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. He is also an Associate Lecturer at University of Plymouth and teaches NVivo Qualitative Data Analysis Software skills to postgraduate students and research staff across SW UK universities.


Addressing Challenges of Coastal Communities through Ocean Research for Developing Economies (ACCORD)

Contact: Professor Steve Widdicombe

The coastal and marine environments of South East Asia and the Western Indian Ocean (the regional foci of ACCORD) are rich and diverse, possessing...

South West Partnership for Environment & Economic Prosperity (SWEEP)
South West Partnership for Environment & Economic Prosperity (SWEEP)

Contact: Professor Melanie Austen

SWEEP is a new initiative that will help deliver economic and community benefits to the South West, whilst also protecting and enhancing the area...

Other key projects

  • NetComFish (Using Nexus Thinking to Empower Community-Based Management of Mangrove Fishery) 2017-2019. A PML/University of Malaya collaboration, funded by the UK-Southeast Asia Small Scale Research Partnership 2016 (NEWTON-UNGKU OMAR) with support from the NERC’s ACCORD project, used ‘nexus thinking’ to empower collaborative mangrove management, working closely with a wide range of Klang Island, Malaysia, stakeholders to gain a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges faced by mangroves and the people who rely on them.
  • NexAMS (Nexus Action for Mangroves in Selangor) 2020-2021. A follow-up project to NetComFish funded by the Newton Fund Impact Scheme, which aims to advance policy and business initiatives for improved, inclusive mangrove protection through sustainable use and build public-private-community partnerships, focusing on the state of Selangor.


Selected key publications


Hattam, C., Goh, H.C., Then, A.Y., Edwards-Jones, A., Ruslan, N.F.N., Yap, J.S.E. & Moh, H.H. (2020). Using nexus thinking to identify opportunities for mangrove management in the Klang Islands, Malaysia. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 106917. doi: 10.1016/j.ecss.2020.106917


Hooper, T., Hattam, C., Edwards-Jones, A. & Beaumont, N. (2020). Public perceptions of tidal energy: Can you predict social acceptability across coastal communities in England?. Marine Policy, 119. 104057. doi: 10.1016/j.marpol.2020.104057