Dr Tim Acott BSc, PhD, FRGS

Principal Lecturer

Dr Tim Acott graduated with a BSc Hons in Environmental Science from the University of Plymouth in 1989. He subsequently completed a PhD at the University of Stirling and started to lecture at the University of Greenwich in 1993. He has had numerous administrative roles while at the University of Greenwich including Director of Learning & Quality for the Natural Resources Institute. Dr Acott is currently the leader for the environment and sustainability research cluster.

His academic interests revolve around a social science perspective on environment and sustainability issues. To explore this subject area he crosses a number of subject boundaries including: environmental ethics, sustainable development, landscape, sense of place, environmental sociology, social and cultural dimensions of marine fisheries, GIS, actor network theory, hybrid geography, wildness, allotments as hybrid spaces, and qualitative research methods. In addition to his academic portfolio, Dr Acott also actively explores different environments through painting and photography.

Responsibilities within the university

Course Leader

  • Sustainability: Principles and Practise (MSc)
  • Regeneration and the Thames Gateway
  • Sustainability Futures
  • Geography and Tourism and Development
  • Readings in Geography and Environmental Science
  • People, Place and Environment.

Course participation

  • Environmental Management
  • Society, Economy and Sustainability
  • Research Design and Methods (MSc).

Recognition

  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society

Research / Scholarly interests

Dr Acott's research interests can be broadly grouped under the heading 'environmental geography'. He is interested in the myriad and diverse entanglements of people and nature as seen through an interdisciplinary perspective and is happy to cross the borders of science and art in order to bring new perspectives to contemporary issues with sustainability as a central element.

Tim is currently the Principal Investigator on a €4.6 million ERDF co-financed European Interreg 4a 2 Seas project called the 'Geography of Inshore Fishing and Sustainability' (GIFS). This started in January 2011 and will finish in September 2014. Tim was also the lead investigator for the University of Greenwich on a European INTERREG 4a funded collaborative project, CHARM III (Channel Integrated Approach for Marine Resource Management). Tim's research has recently focused on understanding the social and cultural importance of marine fishing although he has worked on many social science research projects spanning, environmental ethics, environmental conservation and sustainable tourism.

Recent publications

Article

McKinely, Emma , Acott, Tim, Yates, Katherine L. (2020), Marine social sciences: Looking towards a sustainable future. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Environmental Science and Policy, 108 . pp. 85-92 ISSN: 1462-9011 (Print), 1873-6416 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2020.03.015).

Urquhart, Julie and , Acott, Tim G. (2013), Re-connecting and embedding food in place: Rural development and inshore fisheries in Cornwall, UK. Elsevier Ltd.. In: , , , . Elsevier Ltd., Journal of Rural Studies, 32 . pp. 357-364 ISSN: 0743-0167 (Print), (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2013.09.004).

Urquhart, Julie and , Acott, Tim (2013), A sense of place in cultural ecosystem services: The case of Cornish fishing communities. Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis, Society & Natural Resources: An International Journal, 27 (1) . pp. 3-19 ISSN: 0894-1920 (Print), 1521-0723 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/08941920.2013.820811) NB Item availability restricted.

Hawkes, Frances M. and , Acott, Timothy G. (2013), People, environment and place: the function and significance of human hybrid relationships at an allotment in South East England. Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis, Local Environment, 18 (10) . pp. 1117-1133 ISSN: 1354-9839 (Print), 1469-6711 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13549839.2013.787590).

Urquhart, Julie and , Acott, Tim (2012), Constructing ‘The Stade’: Fishers’ and non-fishers’ identity and place attachment in Hastings, south-east England. Elsevier Ltd.. In: , , , . Elsevier Ltd., Marine Policy, 37 . pp. 45-54 ISSN: 0308-597X (Print), (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2012.04.004).

Urquhart, Julie , Acott, Timothy, Zhao, Minghua (2012), Introduction: social and cultural impacts of marine fisheries. Elsevier Ltd. In: , , , . Elsevier Ltd, Marine Policy, 37 . pp. 1-2 ISSN: 0308-597X (Print), (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2012.04.007).

Urquhart, Julie , Acott, Timothy, Reed, Matt, Courtney, Paul (2011), Setting an agenda for social science research in fisheries policy in Northern Europe. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Fisheries Research, 108 (2-3) . pp. 240-247 ISSN: 0165-7836 (Print), (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.fishres.2010.12.026).

Book section

McKinely, Emma , Acott, Tim, Stojanovic, Tim (2019), Socio-cultural dimensions of marine spatial planning. Palgrave Macmillan. In: , , In: Jacek Zaucha, Kira Gee (eds.), Maritime Spatial Plannin. Palgrave Macmillan, . pp. 151-174 . ISBN: 9783319986951 (doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-98696-8_7).

Acott, Tim G. and , Urquhart, Julie (2017), Co-constructing cultural ecosystem services and wellbeing through a place-based approach. Springer. In: , , In: Derek S. Johnson, Tim G. Acott, Natasha Stacey, Julie Urquhart (eds.), Social Wellbeing and the Value of Small-scale Fisherie. Springer, Cham, Switzerland , 17 . pp. 23-43 . ISBN: 9783319607504 (doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-60750-4_2).

Acott, Tim G. and , Urquhart, Julie (2015), People, place and fish: Exploring the cultural ecosystem services of inshore fishing through photography. Ashgate Publishing. In: , , In: Saskia Warren, Phil Jones (eds.), Creative economies, creative communities: Rethinking place, policy and practic. Ashgate Publishing, Farnham, UK . pp. 43-63 . ISBN: 9781472451378 (doi: ) NB Item availability restricted.

Acott, Tim G. and , Urquhart, Julie (2014), Sense of place and socio-cultural values in fishing communities along the English Channel. Springer. In: , , In: Julie Urquhart, Tim G. Acott, David Symes, Minghua Zhao (eds.), Social Issues in Sustainable Fisheries Managemen. Springer, Dordrecht (9) (1st) . pp. 257-277 . ISBN: 9789400779105 (doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-7911-2_14).

Acott, Tim G. , Urquhart, Julie, Zhao, Minghua (2014), Towards an understanding of social issues in sustainable fisheries management. Springer Netherlands. In: , , In: Julie Urquhart, Tim G. Acott, David Symes, Minghua Zhao (eds.), Social Issues in Sustainable Fisheries Managemen. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht Heidelberg New York London , 9 (1st) . pp. 341-350 . ISBN: 9789400779105 (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-7911-2_18).

Urquhart, Julie , Acott, Tim, Symes, David, Zhao, Minghua (2014), Introduction: Social issues in sustainable fisheries management. Springer Netherlands. In: , , In: Julie Urquhart, Tim G. Acott, David Symes, Minghua Zhao (eds.), Social Issues in Sustainable Fisheries Managemen. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht Heidelberg New York London , 9 . pp. 1-20 . ISBN: 9789400779105 (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-7911-2_1).

Conference item

Acott, Tim and , (2014), Understanding the importance of small-scale fisheries. In: WSFC 2nd World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress, 21-26 Sep 2014, Merida, Mexico , . , (doi: ).

Acott, Tim and , Urquhart, Julie (2013), Sense of place in cultural ecosystem services: the case for fisheries management. In: RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2013: New Geographical Frontiers, 27-30 Aug 2013, London, UK , . , (doi: ).

Urquhart, Julie and , Acott, Tim (2013), People, place and fish: exploring the cultural meanings of inshore fishing through photography and performance. In: RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2013: New Geographical Frontiers, 27-30 Aug 2013, London, UK , . , (doi: ).

Urquhart, Julie and , Acott, Timothy (2013), People, place and fish: Exploring the social and cultural meanings of small-scale fisheries through photography and sense of place. In: CESS – TBTI International Conference on Small-Scale Fisheries Governance: Development for Wellbeing and Sustainability, 10-13 Dec 2013, Hyderabad, India , . , (doi: ).

Acott, Tim and , (2011), Waves, process and environmentalism. In: RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2011: The Geographical Imagination, 31 Aug - 2 Sep 2011, London, UK , . , (doi: http://conference.rgs.org/AC2011/318).

Urquhart, Julie and , Acott, Timothy (2011), Marine fisheries and sense of place in coastal communities in southern England. In: 2011 Conference - People and the Sea VI: Bridging Science and Policy for Sustainable Coasts and SeasMARE People and Sea Conference, 6-9 Jul 2011, Amsterdam, Netherlands , . , (doi: ).

Urquhart, Julie and , Acott, Timothy (2011), Marine fisheries and sense of place in coastal communities in southern England: the challenge for policy makers. In: 1st Marine and Coastal Policy Forum, 22-24 Jun 2011, Centre for Marine and Coastal Policy Research, Marine Institute, University of Plymouth, UK , . , . pp. 15 (doi: http://www.plymouth.ac.uk/files/extranet/docs/R_MARCOPOL/Final%20Abstract%20book%20.pdf).

Acott, Timothy and , Urquhart, Julie (2011), Material culture, sense of place and marine fisheries from Cornwall to Kent. In: "It's Not Just About the Fish": social and cultural perspectives of sustainable marine fisherie, 4-5 Apr 2011, University of Greenwich, London, UK , . , (doi: ).

Urquhart, Julie and , Acott, Timothy (2011), Fishing cultures: marine fisheries and sense of place in coastal communities. In: "It's Not Just About the Fish": social and cultural perspectives of sustainable marine fisheries, 4-5 Apr 2011, Greenwich, London, UK , . , (doi: ).

Urquhart, Julie and , Acott, Timothy (2010), Fishing cultures: marine fisheries and sense of place in coastal communities. In: RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2010: Confronting the Challenges of the Post-Crisis Global Economy and Environment, 1-3 Sep 2010, London, UK , . , (doi: ).

Edited book

Johnson, Derek S. , Acott, Tim G., Stacey, Natasha, Urquhart, Julie (2017), Social Wellbeing and the Values of Small-scale Fisheries. Springer. In: , , In: Derek S. Johnson, Tim G. Acott, Natasha Stacey, Julie Urquhart (eds.), . Springer, , 17 . ISBN: 9783319607498ISSN: 2212-6260 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-60750-4) NB Item availability restricted.

Urquhart, Julie , Acott, Tim G., Symes, David, Zhao, Minghua (2014), Social issues in sustainable fisheries management. Springer Netherlands. In: , , , . Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht Heidelberg New York London , 9 . ISBN: 9789400779105ISSN: 2212-6260 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-7911-2) NB Item availability restricted.

Monograph

Saratsi, Eirini , Acott, Timothy, Allinson, Ewan, Edwards, David , Fremantle, Chris , Fish, Robert (2019), Valuing Arts and Arts Research. Valuing Nature Paper VNP22. In: , , , . Valuing Nature Paper VNP22, (doi: https://valuing-nature.net/valuing-arts-and-arts-research).

Ford, Adriana and , Acott, Timothy (2015), Responsible tourism: A guide for tourism and sustainability in small-scale fisheries and agri-food. University of Greenwich. In: , , , . University of Greenwich, London, UK (doi: http://www.gre.ac.uk/ach/gmc/research/tourfish/venue).

Acott, Tim , Urquhart, Julie, Church, Andrew, Kennard, Michaela , le Gallic, Bertrand , Leplat, Melody , Lescrawauet, Ann-Katrien , Nourry, Myriam , Orchard-Webb, Johanne , Roelofs, Marleen (2014), 21st century catch toolkit: practical approaches for sustainable inshore fishing communities. University of Greenwich. In: , , In: Julie Urquhart, Tim Acott, Frank Rallings (eds.), . University of Greenwich, Chatham Maritime, UK (First) (doi: http://www.gifsproject.eu/en/toolkit).

Other

Urquhart, Julie , Acott, Tim, Zhao, Minghua (2011), "It's not just about the fish": social and cultural perspectives of sustainable marine fisheries [Conference]. School of Science and the Greenwich Maritime Institute, University of Greenwich, UK. In: , , , . School of Science and the Greenwich Maritime Institute, University of Greenwich, UK, (doi: ).