Oliver’s primary research interest is the political economy / political ecology of forest governance reform in developing countries.  He mainly focuses on issues of: 1) democratisation, policy and reform rights reform and the associated political empowerment of forest users,  2) livelihood development and poverty alleviation at the forest – agricultural interface, and 3) integrated biodiversity management in forest management.

These interests have been developed through leading a range of research projects with partners across Asia  region , particularly India, Nepal and Burma/Myanmar.  He is co-author/editor, with Piers Blaikie, of ‘Forests, People and Power’ (Earthscan 2007)

Oliver has also worked as a forest and environmental policy advisor on donor-funded projects in India and currently Burma / Myanmar

Oliver is the coordinator of the Burma/ Myanmar Development Research Network:

Websites of projects Oliver has led or been involved in:

The Political Ecology of Forest Ecosystem Services (2011-13)

Community Forestry in Myanmar / Burma (2010-11)

Improving Institutions for Pro-Poor Growth (2005-10)

Strengthening pro-poor wetland conservation using integrated wetland assessment  (2005-2008)

Participatory Forest Management in India and Nepal (2002-2006)

Institutionalising Participatory Integrated Forest Management in Nepal (2002-2005)

CV and Experience

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Academic Background

Oliver has a BSc in Economics and Economic and Social History from the University of Wales (1989), an MSc in Economic History from the London School of Economics (1991) and a Ph.D from the Geography Department of SOAS (2001)

All Publications

Springate-baginski, O., Sarin, M., Reddy, M. G.


Resisting Rights: Forest Bureaucracy and the Tenure Transition in India

in Small-scale Forestry


pp. 107-124

Full Text UEA Repository


Reddy, M. G., Anil Kumar, K., Trinadha Rao, P., Springate-Baginski, O.


Issues related to implementation of the forest rights act in Andhra Pradesh

in Economic and Political Weekly


pp. 73-81

(Book/Film/Article review)

Springate-Baginski, O. (ed.), Wollenberg, E. (ed.)


REDD, forest governance and rural livelihoods: the emerging agenda

Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

ISBN 978-602-8693-15-8

UEA Repository


Springate-Baginski, O., Bhatta, B., Booker, F.


Snapshots of REDD experiences in six countries: Nepal

Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

pp. 173-194

ISBN 978-602-8693-15-8

UEA Repository


Springate-Baginski, O. (ed.), Blaikie, P. (ed.)


Forests People and Power: The Political Ecology of Reform in South Asia


ISBN 9781844073474

UEA Repository


Ratna Reddy, V., Gopinath Reddy, M., Galab, S., Soussan, J., Springate-baginski, O.


Participatory Watershed Development in India: Can it Sustain Rural Livelihoods?

in Development and Change


pp. 297-326

Full Text UEA Repository


Dougill, A. J., Soussan, J. G., Kiff, E., Springate-baginski, O., Yadav, N. P., Dev, O., Hurford, A. P.


Impacts of community forestry on farming system sustainability in the Middle Hills of Nepal

in Land Degradation & Development


pp. 261-276

Full Text UEA Repository


Key Research Interests

Forest and natural resource governance, rights tenure and institutions, livelihoods and poverty, participation, biodiversity management, political ecology, political economy, India, Nepal, Cambodia, Tanzania.

Research Groups: Global Environmental JusticePolitics, Governance and the State