Research

My work is described in detail in a variety of websites that are either bespoke sites built for different projects, or summary websites that pull together work from a variety of different themes. This page provides a list of all the sites in which my work is described and an overview of how they fit together.

The projects described on this site is are diverse. The research topics cover a large range of disciplines and research questions. But they are united by two themes. First by an abiding interest in inequality and how it is perpetrated by different forms of environmental and conservation policy, by different forms of environmental management, by livelihood change in rural areas, and by representations of all of these in media and fundraising. This means I have spent a fair amount of time trying to understand how livelihoods (especially rural livelihoods), and measures of equality are changing in different parts of the world, and what drives those changes, whether it be the political economy of specific conservation or agricultural policies, or the visions, ideals and media imagery which fuel particular policies.

I am currently working on a new research programme which explores trends in agricultural change, livelihoods and prosperity. This includes two projects, both funded by DfID/ESRC, on long term livelihood change in Tanzania and irrigation in Africa. I am also collaborating with Nicola Banks on a project that is mapping the development NGO network in the UK.

This work on agricultural change is the latest manifestation of about 20 years of work on environmentalism, conservation and what is now called ‘the Green Economy’. For an overview of this research programme please visit this site.

An offshoot of my research into capitalism and conservation lead to a study of the work of celebrity in environmental affairs, this blossomed into a full study of the broader interaction of celebrity advocacy in international development. That project is described here.

Finally if you want to know more about my research into microfinance in Tanzania, please email me. A copy of the paper I wrote on that is available here.

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