School of Global Studies


Forecasting with fishers

The Sussex team

Prof Filippo Osella:  Social anthropologist at Sussex with 30 years of research experience amongst “backward communities” (OBCs) in both rural and urban Kerala; principal investigator

Dr Kate Howland: Integration design specialist at Sussex and member of the pilot research team

Dr Max Martin: Sussex geographer researching on extreme weather, climate change, natural hazards and people’s responses

Dr Johnson Jament: Inclusive research trainer specialised in coastal community issues and promotion of sustainable use of marine resources

Dr Visakh M S: Sociologist researching on Muslim identity formation, globalisation and issues surrounding religion and development in the contemporary world

Collaborators in India

Dr Roopesh OB: Sociologist researching on public religion in the globalised world, particularly on Hinduism and Hindu temples in contemporary South Asia

Prof Vinod Pavarala: UNESCO chair of community media at the University of Hyderabad

Dr Aditeshwar Seth:  Informatics expert at IIT Delhi with expertise in communication technology for development

Dr Sukumarapillai Abhilash: Atmospheric scientist at Cochin University of Science and Technology, specialising in climate change, remote sensing and weather forecasting

Dr Rajasekaran Harikumar: Scientist, who leads the Ocean State Forecasting team at INCOIS


Prof Roderick  Stirrat: Expert on fisheries and fishing communities of South Asia

Dr Caroline Osella: Anthropologist and creative methods facilitator with long experience Kerala.

Mr Venkatesh Salagrama:  Expert of local fishing practices in South Asia

Advisory Committee

Prof Joseph Alcamo: Director, SSRP and Professor of Environmental Systems Science at Sussex

Prof Devika J: Historian at the Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum

Dr Götz Hoeppe: Chair of the Anthropology Department, Waterloo University, Canada

Dr Rob Allan: Lead of the international Atmospheric Circulation Reconstructions over the Earth (ACRE) initiative, within the Climate Monitoring and Attribution Group, UK Met Office

Institutional collaborators

India Meteorological Department (IMD)

Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS)

Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA)

International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)

South Indian Federation of Fishermen’s Societies (SIFFS)

Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI)

Top banner image: The fishing harbour of Vizhinjam.