Helen Cross is a Postdoctoral Researcher at CNE, Heriot-Watt, Edinburgh. 

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

Her major research interests lie in fisheries research. She 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.  

Her 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. 

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

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