Confirmation of PhD Candidature Seminar - Kim Hunnam

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Presenter:  Kim Hunnam

Date: Sep 14, 2016

Time: 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Contact person:  RIEL Seminar
T: +61 8 8946 6413

Location:  Building Red 6.1.01, Charles Darwin University

‘Optimising the Timor-Leste sardine fishery for enhanced food security’


Chronic and seasonal food insecurity is a critical issue in Timor-Leste. Increasing fish consumption could assist to reduce widespread undernutrition, which is particularly high among women and children. Small pelagic fisheries, including the local ‘sardina’ fishery (Herklotsichthys quadrimaculatus), currently make useful contributions to household food security and coastal livelihoods; but importantly, may have potential to deliver greater benefits. However, fisheries are complex social-ecological systems, and fishery development elsewhere has often led to overexploitation of resources with ensuing negative social and economic impacts. This proposed PhD research will therefore investigate how the Timor-Leste sardine fishery and its associated activities (from pre-harvest to consumption) may be improved to deliver greater benefits to household food security and livelihoods, in ways which are ecologically sustainable, equitable and financially viable. It will take an interdisciplinary approach to identify opportunities and constraints within the existing fishery food system, including the fish resource, post-harvest supply chains and consumer demand. This research is being conducted under the co-supervision of Associate Professor Natasha Stacey (CDU), Dr Chris Fulton (ANU) and Dr David Mills (WorldFish), and in collaboration with WorldFish Timor-Leste and the Timor-Leste Government Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.


Kim Hunnam moved to Darwin in early 2016 to commence a joint PhD program at the Research Institute of Environment and Livelihoods at CDU and the Research School of Biology at the Australian National University. Kim has broad research interests in human-environment interactions, sustainable livelihoods, ecosystem health and function, and linkages between science and management. She has previously worked in the private, government and university sectors, most recently as an environmental consultant in Queensland, specialising in biodiversity offsets. She holds a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland, with first class Honours in Marine Biology. Her honours research investigated change in seagrass community composition in northern Deception Bay, South East Queensland, and implications for community-level metabolism and nutrient dynamics.