By Dyhia Belhabib
I gave a class recently at the University of British Columbia as a guest lecturer. As I showed up thinking that I was going to talk about what the professor had sent
The presentation was about the economics of illegal fishing, and the findings were novel. In fact two papers were the main topic of that presentation, one that was published 2 weeks ago, and one that is still not submitted. The one that was published in Frontiers was on
How does one obtain data on the number and the names of vessels that fished illegally, knowing that people will be reluctant to share them - your main purpose being to publish the information and
My answer had to be straight forward and it was: “you manage to have insiders, gain their trust, and also share information with them whenever you have it as well”.
But is that enough?
I am (Dr.) Dyhia Belhabib and I
I am quoting syndromes based on my own experiences. This is not aimed at generalizing my experiences to a whole population of people and situations, but merely sharing a few lessons I
Scenario 1: “The blue eyes syndrome”
Sometimes, it is easier for outsiders to have information than insiders. Sometimes, it is all about the looks – Blond, in my experience, works better. Sometimes, it is all about the name, and – John or Leah, in my experience, work better. I call this the “blue eyes syndrome” that seems to be prevalent, to my great regret, in developing countries – maybe not all of them.
A person suffers from the “blue eyes syndrome” when the person shares information with a
A striking example of this syndrome is when I asked for the thesis of a professor of marine biology in Algeria. Now, you have to understand that, in Algeria, there is a culture of not sharing one’s work, after it was published for