PhD opportunity: Closing the culinary loop from catch to plate: A study of UK inshore fisheries future supply chain resilience - Heriot Watt University

Posted: 11 March 2021

Closing: 13 April 2021

Category: Non MASTS

Closing the culinary loop from catch to plate: A study of UK inshore fisheries future supply chain resilience.  (Ref.:  SoSS-2021-006)

Supervisory team: Prof. Marylyn, Dr Ingrid Kelling & Andrew F. Johnson

Research Centre:  The Centre for Logistics and Sustainability

 Deadline: 13th April 2021

Local fishing and other supply chain activities stemming from the sea are fundamental to thriving UK coastal and island communities. Upstream (fisheries; wholesalers; manufacturers) and downstream (retailers; restaurants; consumers) stakeholders rely on a resilient fishing industry, clean seas, diverse produce, flourishing coastal communities and thriving retail and consumer trade. However, despite the mutual dependencies of relationships within the fisheries supply chain, there is no collective, joined-up effort to deliver sustainable UK seafood supply chains, and ensure the survival of small, inshore fishing communities. COVID-disrupted supply and consumption trends are exacerbating these challenges. This doctoral project will study the economic, social and environmental sustainability of the UK inshore fishing supply chain; examine the role and resilience of key stakeholders; analyse policy approaches to fairly distribute and protect marine resources, and analyse the key opportunities for and threats to the survival of inshore fishing. Candidates should be skilled in working with large data sets (quantitative) and interpretive methods (qualitative).

For informal enquiries, please contact Prof. Marylyn Carrigan (

 When submitting your application for this project area, please select the option ‘Management, PhD’ from the drop-down list on the online application system.

Application here

Interviews will take place between 10 May and 21 May 2021, and will be conducted via video conferencing (e.g. Zoom or similar). Interview support for those with disabilities will be available where required (e.g. a BSL interpreter).