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Louise C. Gammage

Research Fellow, University of Cape Town

I am an environmental geographer specialising in marine sustainability. I work in inter- and transdisciplinary contexts with an interest in developing transformative methodologies and tools that will contribute to the promotion of system-based governance. My research interests include exploring innovative methodologies to address challenges related to scale and decision-making in complex adaptive systems; understanding drivers of change in SESs to improve present and future decision-making; and exploring ways for local stakeholders (such as fishers) to build capacity to enhance well-being, while informing governance and policy at the larger decision-making scales.

I am experienced in semi-quantitative modelling techniques (such as cognitive causal mapping and Bayesian network modelling), qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis, designing and leading interviews and surveys (including fieldwork), group facilitation and scenario planning. Currently, I am developing composite social indicators for coastal communities in South Africa as tool for understanding the drivers of fishing pressure. I am presently a research fellow at the University of Cape Town with the Marine Ecology & Fisheries Research Group (Department of Biological Sciences) and the Marine and Antarctic Research centre for Innovation and Sustainability (MARIS).


  • –present
    Post Doctoral Research fellow - Marine Ecology and Fisheries, University of Cape Town


  • 2019 
    University of Cape Town, PhD: Environmental and Geographic Science