Elin Torell


  • Deputy Director
  • Capacity Development Specialist


Email: elintorell@uri.edu

Elin Torell is the deputy director for the Fish Innovation Lab, where she supports the management entity in technical administration and oversees programming within the human impacts area of inquiry as well as monitoring, evaluation, and learning.

Torell joined the University of Rhode Island’s Coastal Resources Center (CRC) in 2002 and has more than 20 years of experience providing technical assistance and leading complex and interdisciplinary projects in Eastern and Southern Africa and Southeast Asia. As director of international programs, she leads CRC teams in implementing long-term field programs around the world and she takes a special interest in developing strategic planning, monitoring, and evaluation systems that foster learning within and across multiple projects. She provides programmatic direction and selected technical support within her main areas of expertise: monitoring, evaluation, and learning; livelihood diversification; fisheries value chains; mainstreaming gender in fisheries; and the integration of population, health, and environment. She currently serves as the gender technical advisor for CRC’s fisheries field programs and she is the principal investigator for the USD 25 million USAID Philippines Fish Right Program.

Torell has a PhD in environmental studies and a MSc in human and economic geography. She serves as adjunct professor and graduate faculty in the University of Rhode Island’s Department of Marine Affairs. She also serves as a program committee member of the Swedish government-funded Cities and Coasts Program, which is a competitive research grants program administered by the Western Indian Ocean Marine Sciences Organization. Torell was the recipient of the 2017 YWCA Women of Achievement Award.