Prof. Eddie Allison, WorldFish’s interim director of science and research, was named in the world’s top 0.1 percent of researchers. The recognition in Clarivate’s 2020 Highly Cited Researchers (HCR) list was measured by the number of times other scientists cite his work in their research publications.
Allison appeared among fewer than 6,200 researchers from over 60 countries who have made significant contributions to their field through the publication of highly cited papers in the last decade. The recipients are determined according to publications ranked in the top 1 percent of citations in each field in the Web of Science index, with those who publish several such papers making the HCR list.
“This is a recognition of my contributions—working within research teams made up of my students, colleagues, partners—to a growing school of thought advocating the critical role diverse aquatic foods and food systems approaches have in the sustainable development agenda,” said Allison.
An interdisciplinary scholar with over 30 years of academic and policy experience, Allison was awarded for his research in the cross-disciplinary category. His highly influential research in aquatic food systems, spanning livelihoods, climate change adaptation and sustainable fisheries and aquaculture development, has shaped policy outcomes in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Oceania, Latin America, North America, and Europe.
At WorldFish, Allison is leading the implementation of the 2030 strategy, shaping a game-changing research and innovation agenda on aquatic foods as key to global food systems transformation. His holistic food systems approach is key to developing innovations at the intersection of research, technology, markets, policies and social mobilization across disciplines and sectors. Allison’s most recent publication in ‘Nature Food,’ shows that combined innovations in public policy, the private sector, and culture can drive sustainable transitions in food systems.
“To be recognized in this way confirms that the kind of work that my CGIAR colleagues and I do is valued by our academic peers. Being an applied, interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary researcher does not mean that you are trading academic recognition for real-world impact.”
“It also reinforces the importance of holistic, interdisciplinary approaches to meeting shared global aspirations to transform food systems for healthy and resilient diets for all. These approaches are key to understanding and addressing the complex links among all food, land, and water systems, and to unlocking an ocean of opportunities for healthy people and a sustainable planet,” he added.
Allison also advises the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy, a global initiative headed by 14 world leaders, to support the transition to an equitable blue economy; he further participates in the Nippon Foundation’s Ocean Nexus project that aims to center equity and justice in the governance of the ‘blue economy.’ As an adjunct and visiting professor at the Universities of Washington in the US and Lancaster in the UK he regularly contributes to seminars, workshops and courses sharing his knowledge and experiences with undergraduate, master’s, and doctorate students.