BA (History with Education studies) MRes (Economic and Social History) 



Adam is a social science researcher with interests in the dynamic relationship between users of the marine environment and relevant policy frameworks. His PhD research is focused on recreational sea angling, in context of its likely inclusion in future fishery policy in the UK.

Currently in his first year of study, his research is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Centre for Environment, Fisheries Aquaculture Science (CEFAS). The supervisory team includes: Dr Julie Urquhart (Associate Professor, CCRI); Dr Hannah Chiswell (Research Fellow, CCRI), and Dr Kieran Hyder (Principal Scientist, CEFAS). His research broadly aims to understand heterogeneity and spatial differences in the motivations, attitudes and behaviours of recreational sea anglers in England and Wales to inform the sustainable management of fisheries. Adam is currently designing the research tools for this project, and intends to combine quantitative and qualitative methods within a multi-theoretical framework. Data collection will begin in spring 2021.

Before joining the CCRI, Adam led part of the Green Minds projects at the University of Plymouth, focusing on measuring the impact of green and blue space on health and wellbeing. Prior to this, Adam was a Research Development Manager at the University of Exeter, where he coordinated the Institution’s applications to the ESRC. For three years leading to this, Adam was Manager of the Pedagogic Research Institute and Observatory (University of Plymouth) where he developed the research infrastructure and had notable grant success to, for example, the Higher Education Academy. Adam developed his bid writing skills as a Research Manager at SERIO (University of Plymouth), where he secured a number of research grants from organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors. Prior to this, Adam spent 8 years as socio-economic researcher at the University of Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall Police and Plymouth City Council, where he led and delivered and a range of research projects including evaluations economic impact assessments. Adam is currently developing his academic network in the area of marine social science.

Fisher, A. (2020) Plymouth City Survey: baseline report of green and blue space. Green Minds Partnership.

Fisher, A. (2017) UKRI Funding Analysis: annual report. University of Exeter.

Fisher, A. (2016) Review of Research Performance Indicators: Plymouth University comparator analysis. University of Plymouth.

Fisher, A. and Hocking, A. (2016) The Impact of the Seale-Hayne Educational Trust Funding Programme. Seale Hyane Education Trust.

Fisher, A. and Hocking, A. (2015) Plymouth University: the Enterprise Journey. University of Plymouth.

Pearson, J. and Fisher, A. (2015) Royal Devon and Exeter Trust Stakeholder Engagement Analysis. Royal Devon and Exeter Trust. 

Hocking, A. and Fisher, A. (2013; 2012) Plymouth University Enterprise Solutions Service: a study of customer satisfaction. Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Dawson, A. and Fisher, A. (2012) Beacon South West: a survey amongst its membership base. Beacon South West Trust.

Hocking, A., Vicente, F., Fisher, A. (2012) Professionalised student volunteering within a social enterprise setting. Real Ideas Organisation.

Fisher, A. and Dawson, D. (2011) Stakeholder engagement in an enterprise market space, Enterprising Universities. Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Southern, R., Strickland, M. Rhodes, B., Fisher, A. (2010) PROTTEC Work Package One: regional strategies, partnership capabilities and tech transfer state of the art. European Union.

Southern, R., Bell, Strickland, M., Fisher, A. (2009). Plymouth Local Economic Strategy Critical Success Factors: Benchmarking Plymouth Against Eight UK Cities Final Report. Plymouth City Council.

Southern, R., Bryant, L., Fisher, A. (2008). Literature Search: 8-10 Week Serum Screening for Down’s Syndrome. National Health Service.

Southern, R., Bell, Strickland, M., Fisher, A., Woods, M. (2008). Whitleigh Youth Research: Final Evaluation Woodview Learning Community. Plymouth City Council

Southern. R., Strickland, M., Fisher, A. (2008). Devon Community Foundation Devon Step Up and Exeter Positive Steps End of Grant Evaluation Final Report. European Regional Development Fund.

Southern, R., Fisher, A., Vicente, F. and Sulman, A. (2008) Evaluation of the SRB6 Programme in Plymouth Final Report. Plymouth City Council.

Southern, R., Fisher, A. (2008) Evaluation of the SRB5 Programme in Plymouth Final Report. Plymouth City Council.

Southern, R., Annison, J., Fisher, A., and Vicente, F. (2008). Evaluation of the Prolific Offenders Resettlement through Co-ordinated Housing (PORCH) Project Final Report. Exeter Police and Probation Services.

Southern, R., Meethan, K., Fisher, A., and Butts, S. (2007). Economic Impact Assessment of the Summer Festival in Plymouth. Plymouth City Council.

Southern, R., Annison, J., Fisher, A., Vicente, F., and Farbus, L. (Aug 2007). Evaluation of the ESF Funded Warbarth Project. Working Links.

Bryant, L., Fisher, A., Vicente, F. (2007). Fetal Anomaly Ultrasound Screening Programme Study: Literature Survey. National Health Service.

Southern, R., Shepherd, R., Vicente, F., and Fisher, A. (2007). The Food & Drink Sector in Cornwall Scenario Planning Report. Cornwall Council.

Southern, R., Strickland, M., Screeton, J., Vicente, F., and Fisher, A. (2007). Evaluation of Prince Rock Primary School’s Healthy Living Initiatives. Plymouth City Council.

Southern, R., Meethan, K., and Fisher, A. (2007). Evaluation of Pathways to the Future Project. Devon and Cornwall Fire Service.

Southern, R., Pearson, J., Vicente, F., and Fisher, A. (2006). Plymouth Healthy Living Centres Evaluation – Jan Cutting Healthy Living Centre. Plymouth City Council.

Southern, R. Meethan, K., and Fisher, A. (2006) Phoenix Project Evaluation. North Prospect Trust


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