Denis Hellebrandt da Silva

My interdisciplinary background includes oceanography, fisheries and social sciences. Learning and communication are key elements of my work. I have developed and applied specific tools designed to facilitate the participation of diverse stakeholders in coastal governance in Africa, Asia and in my home country Brazil. As a PhD in International Development I have carried out research on the effectiveness of natural resources governance, with emphasis on small-scale fisheries, for a wide range of organisations such as the UK Department for International Development, the Rockefeller Foundation and Wildlife Conservation Society. My most recent research has been aimed at the rigorous assessment of scientific evidence, and the empirical evaluation of impact pathways for sustainability and poverty reduction in coastal settings. Ongoing projects include the implementation of a livelihood and food security survey in Timor Leste, and the global review of evidence on the impact of livelihood diversification interventions in aquatic systems.



PhD, international Development, 2005 - 2010
School of International Development - University of East Anglia, Norwich, United Kingdom

Master of Science (MSc), Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography, 1999 - 2001

Fundação Universidade Federal do Rio Grande, Rio Grande, Brazil


Current work

Independent Consultant at WorldFish
May 2014 – Present
> Lead Reviewer in the rigorous assessment of evidence on the effectiveness of interventions aimed at promoting livelihood diversification in aquatic systems, for the WorldFish Center
> Researcher and Co-Lead in Capacity Building in the implementation of a livelihoods and food security household survey in Timor Leste, for the WorldFish Center.

Associate Tutor at the School of International Development, University of East Anglia
2010 - Present
>Teaching undergraduate and post-graduate level courses on livelihoods and natural resources governance.


Recent publications

Food Security and Artisanal Fisheries: Critical Analysis of Initiatives in Latin America.
Desenvolvimento e Meio Ambiente - UFPR, v. 32, p. 7-27 December 2014
Authors: Denis Hellebrandt, Edward Allison, Anne Delaporte

Boundary object or bridging concept? A citation network analysis of resilience
Ecology and Society, 20(2): 2 April 2015
Authors: Jacopo Baggio, Katrina Brown, Denis Hellebrandt