School of Earth and Environment

Linas Svolkinas Linas Svolkinas

Postgraduate Researcher

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Affiliation: Sustainability Research Institute


2012-2016 I, together with my colleague from Russia, carried out 10 anthropological expeditions to study fisheries and illegal fishing of sturgeon in the Caspian Region.


Independent Researcher (2012-2016).

MA in Social Anthropology from University of Copenhagen (2009).

BAs in Social Anthropology (University of Copenhagen) and Histoy (Vilnius University) (2007, 2003).

Research Interests

Social anthropologist with interests in biodiversity conservation, environmental social science/governance and marine conservation biology.

Project details

Project title

Biological and socio-political factors affecting the conservation of the Caspian Seal.


Dr George Holmes and Dr Simon Goodman


Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

Start date

1 October 2016

Project outline

The projects seeks to identify and analyze the obstacles for the creation of Marine Protected Areas in the Caspian Sea.


Work in progress:

Svolkinas, L., Ermolin, I., de Munck, V., & Goodman, S. J., By-catch in illegal artisanal small-scale fishery: what connections between by-catch and IWT market can tell us


Ermolin, I., & Svolkinas, L., (2016) Who owns sturgeon in the Caspian? New theoretical model of social responses towards state conservation policy. Biodiversity and Conservation, 25(14), 2929-2945.