Ian Bryceson obtained his Bsc in Oceanography at the University of Washington, USA and his PhD at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in 1977, and since then whether based fully time in the region or not, he has continued working in the WIO region in various capacities. has supervised several Msc and PhD theses from the WIO region and conducted numerous research, consultancies and evaluation processes on behalf of NORAD, UNESCO and other agencies.
Ian has authored over 100 publications including books, chapters in books, peer-reviewed articles and technical reports. Most of his research work is on the fisheries, coastal environment, aquaculture and the socio-economic aspects of Tanzania in particular and the WIO region in general. Over the years, Ian has also been involved in the planning and implementation of a number of national and regional research projects, the most recent one being a five year(2007-2011) project funded by NUFU on “Coastal fisheries of Tanzania: the challenges of globalisation to resource management, livelihoods and governance”.
He has served as a member of more than 20 international committees and research councils worldwide including Sida Research Council and Research Council of Norway. In the WIO region, he has not only being one of the founder members of WIOMSA but he also played a key role from 1989 during the planning process of the establishment of WIOMSA. Since 2008, he has been the Chairman of the Marine Science for Management (MASMA) Programme Committee and also serves on the Editorial Board of WIO Journal of Marine Sciences since 2002.