Dr Helen Cross is a Postdoctoral Researcher at CNE, Edinburgh Business School. 

Following her PhD research with the School of Anthropology, at University College London, she came to Edinburgh in 2018.

Her major research interests lie in fisheries research. Dr Cross has a general interest in the subject as a whole; while looking specifically into inshore fisheries production, livelihoods and industry waste. She is currently collaborating with members of the International Centre for Island Technology (ICIT), Heriot-Watt, Orkney Campus. 

Dr Cross’ current activities revolve around understanding the policy networks informing Scotland’s zero-waste agenda and a meta-data analysis of UK fisheries landings. She is currently looking at ways in which network-analysis may be used to inform fisheries and waste-management strategies.
Before joining CNE at Heriot-Watt, she worked in International Development managing grants through Scottish Government International Development Fund and the Global Poverty Action Fund (GPAF- DFID).


2014 – PhD, University College London
2006 – MSc, University of East Anglia
2004 – BSc, University of St Andrews

Research networks/ publications***

Journal Articles

Cross, H. (2015) Why fish? Using entry-strategies to inform governance of the small-scale sector: A case-study in the Bijagós Archipelago (West Africa) Marine Policy 51: 128-135

Cross, H. (2015) Elasmobranch capture by commercial small-scale fisheries in the Bijagós Archipelago, Guinea Bissau Fisheries Research 168: 105-108

Cross, H. (2015) Displacement, Disempowerment, and Corruption: Challenges at the interface of fisheries, management and conservation in the Bijagós Archipelago (Guinea Bissau) Oryx 50 (4): 693-701

Working Papers

Berry N, Cross H, Riddell M, Mbow C, Ouedraogo I, Tondoh J. (2016) Community Biocarbon Projects in West Africa: Challenges and Lessons learned. http://www.worldagroforestry.org/publication/community-biocarbon-projects-west-africa-challenges-and-lessons-learned
Helen Cross and Willie McGhee (2015) PES incentives for smallholders to avoid deforestation: lessons learned and factors for success. A review for the SHARP partnership. http://www.sharppartnership.org/updates/SHARP_2015_smallholder_PES_review_lores.pdf

Conference contributions***


Sunbelt (Social Network Analysis) Conference, Utrecht (July 2018)
Barriers to by-product innovation in Scottish shellfish policy-circles

Marine Alliance for Science and Technology in Scotland (MASTS) Annual Meeting in Glasgow (upcoming November 2018)
Clustering “port production footprints” to inform
fisheries management: A case-study of the UK shellfish sector