William Sharkey

Will’s research explores how local people can contribute to protected area law enforcement.

Photo credit: William Sharkey

e-mail: W.Sharkey@sms.ed.ac.uk

PhD Project

Exploring the contribution of local communities to protected area law enforcement


Before starting my PhD, I worked for a consultancy firm specialising in fisheries and natural resource management. I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Edinburgh and my MSc in Environmental Technology at Imperial College London. I’m interested in participatory research approaches and have a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design from the University of the Arts London.  


Local communities may be involved in the enforcement of protected area rules in many different ways. My research explores how local people can contribute to protected area law enforcement. I’m interested in the social complexities and realities of enforcement, and how the involvement of communities could be adapted to improve outcomes for both conservation and people. Working with Flora and Fauna International (FFI), I examine these issues by focusing on a case study of a community warden patrol programme in the Cardamom Mountains, Cambodia.


Sharkey, W., Arthur, R.I., Daniels, R. 2021. Change in fisheries access arrangements as a result of hydropower development: The case of reservoir fisheries at the Mount Coffee hydropower scheme in Liberia. Fisheries Management and Ecology, 28(2), 101-111.

MBIEWG. 2020. Rapid assessment of evidence collation on Abandoned, Lost or otherwise Discarded Fishing Gear (ALDFG). A report produced by MRAG for Marine Biodiversity Impacts Evidence Working Group members Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Natural England, Natural Resources Wales, the Marine Management Organisation, the Joint Nature Conservation Committee and Centre of Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, Project No: ME5232, 72pp

Arthur R., Heyworth, S., Pearce, J., Sharkey, W. 2019. The cost of ending harmful fishing subsidies. IIED Working Paper. IIED, London.

AZTI, Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (European Commission), MRAG, NEF. 2019. Study on ownership and exclusive rights of fisheries means of production. Publications Office of the European Union.

Grants and Awards

2017. Environmental Resources Management Prize for best thesis, MSc Environmental Technology, Imperial College London.