UCL Anthropology

Dr Marie-Annick Moreau

Dr Marie-Annick Moreau

Lecturer (Teaching) in Biological Anthropology

Dept of Anthropology

Faculty of S&HS

Joined UCL
17th Dec 2018

Research summary

I am interested in the contributions small-scale fisheries make to human well-being, and related management challenges. My research has examined livelihoods and rural poverty in Tanzanian farmer-fisher communities, informal markets and trade in aquatic resources, and community-based fisheries management, in both freshwater and marine systems, across the humid tropics. I am motivated by the need to better understand how the rural poor who depend on natural resources for their livelihoods actually "get by and get things done", in the words of geographer Anthony Bebbington, for the more equitable design and implementation of conservation and development initiatives.

Teaching summary

I teach on the Anthropology Environment and Development MSc programme, on ANTH0102 'Ecology of Human Groups' and ANTH0105 'Resource Use and Impacts' modules. I also teach on the undergraduate module 'Being Human', and in 2021/22 will be co-teaching ANTH0065 'Fishers and Fisheries'. In previous years I supported teaching on human ecology in the first-year courses  'Introduction to Biological Anthropology' and 'Methods in Biological Anthropology'. 

My own research has focused on the rural tropics (Tanzania, Peru, Indonesia, the Philippines) but I have supervised student projects addressing environmental issues in the Global North, including on conservation action and environmental citizenship in the UK and Portugal, environmental justice in the USA and Chile, and farming and food waste in the UK.

Indicative supervision topics

Livelihoods, sustainable food systems, fisheries, environmental conservation, poverty and inequality.


University College London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2014
McGill University
Other higher degree, Master of Science (by research) | 2004


I gained my PhD in Anthropology from University College London in 2014, examining the importance of small-scale fisheries to the rural poor living on a river floodplain in Tanzania. My earlier degrees were in human geography and biology, and I take an interdisciplinary perspective on environmental issues.

My interest in aquatic resources, rural livelihoods and conservation is long-standing, developed through earlier research on the aquarium trade in the Peruvian Amazon and Indonesia, and positions at UNEP-SCBD (Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity), the Earth Negotiations Bulletin, and the marine conservation NGO Project Seahorse.